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Last Updated on December 18, 2020 by Diane Hoffmaster
If I had to pick just one snack to enjoy without worrying about whether it was healthy or not I would choose queso every single time. But, not that orange queso with Rotel and sausage that you see so often at parties. I love queso blanco with jalapenos like you get at the Mexican restaurants. I decided it was time for me to figure out exactly how queso blanco is made so that I could stop making excuses as to why I needed to go out for Mexican food all the time! I browsed around the internet and found a lot of variations but the one over at Mel's Kitchen Cafe really caught my eye. I loved the addition of fresh onion, tomato and cilantro along with the jalapeno and to be honest, it is just a gorgeous and mouth watering photo!
I changed the ratios in this queso blanco a little bit based on personal preference. Next time I make this I will definitely add more jalapeno. Taking the seeds out really takes away from the heat and my queso blanco was just not quite as spicy as I wanted it. If you are entertaining guests for a football party, girls night out or just having the teenager's friends over for movie night, this recipe makes a fairly decent amount of dip. It also heats up really well in the microwave if it is going to be just you, your bathrobe and the remote control!
The key to this queso blanco is to make sure all of your veggies are finely chopped. You are not looking for a chunky dip. You want the flavor of the fresh vegetables but not really the texture. Use a very sharp knife and this step will be incredibly easy. Chopping the cheese up very finely or shredding it will make the melting go much faster.
Homemade Queso Blanco
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.