The Best Queso Cheese Sauce

A Spicy Perspective

Ready in: 25 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Vegetarian
Gluten Free
Very Popular

Ingredients

  • 1 Tb. butter
    Milk, Eggs, Other Dairy
  • 8 oz. California smoked cheddar cheese, shredded
    Cheese
  • 2 chipotle chiles, diced (canned in adobo sauce)
    Canned and Jarred;Ethnic Foods
  • 1 Tb. cornstarch
    Baking
  • 4 oz. California cream cheese, cut into cubes and softened
    Cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    Produce
  • 1 1/2 cups California half & half (or evaporated milk)
    Milk, Eggs, Other Dairy
  • 1-2 jalapeños, seeded and diced
    Canned and Jarred;Produce;Ethnic Foods
  • 1 shallot, diced
    Produce
  • 4 oz. California sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
    Cheese
  • 2 tsp. yellow mustard
    Condiments

Steps

  • Place a medium pot over medium heat.
  • Add the butter, shallots, garlic and jalapeño.
  • Saute for  3-4 minutes to soften, then add the half & half and chipotle peppers.
  • Whisk in the cornstarch. Allow the mixture to come to a simmer, so the half & half can scald (not necessary with evaporated milk) then lower the temperature to medium-low. Then stir in the cream cheese and mustard.Slowly start adding the shredded cheese. Stir and add by the handful, until the sauce comes together. If you prefer your cheese sauce a little thinner, add an extra splash of half & half.
  • Serve immediately, or keep warm in a slow cooker or fondue pot.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 305.84  cal  (15.29%)
  • Fat: 25.74  g  (39.6%)
  • Saturated Fat: 15.89  g  (99.34%)
  • Carbohydrates: 6.16  g  (2.05%)
  • Sugar: 1.81  g  (2.01%)
  • Cholesterol: 80.85  mg  (26.95%)
  • Sodium: 357.19  mg  (15.53%)
  • Protein: 13.16  g  (26.32%)
  • Calcium: 372.03  mg  (37.2%)
  • Phosphorus: 281.21  mg  (28.12%)
  • Vitamin A: 841.39  IU  (16.83%)
  • Vitamin B2: 0.25  mg  (14.61%)
  • Zinc: 1.66  mg  (11.07%)
  • Selenium: 7.68  µg  (10.97%)
  • Vitamin B12: 0.54  µg  (9.02%)
  • Magnesium: 19.5  mg  (4.88%)
  • Vitamin B6: 0.08  mg  (4.12%)
  • Vitamin B5: 0.41  mg  (4.12%)
  • Potassium: 140.19  mg  (4.01%)
  • Vitamin C: 2.99  mg  (3.62%)
  • Folate: 12.27  µg  (3.07%)
  • Vitamin D: 0.46  µg  (3.05%)
  • Fiber: 0.72  g  (2.86%)
  • Vitamin E: 0.42  mg  (2.83%)
  • Vitamin B1: 0.04  mg  (2.58%)
  • Vitamin K: 2.7  µg  (2.57%)
  • Iron: 0.45  mg  (2.52%)
  • Manganese: 0.04  mg  (1.77%)
  • Copper: 0.03  mg  (1.39%)

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