Dining In: Dipping Into San Antonio

A Tex-Mex classic, chile con queso, gets a makeover.

By Chef David Lapham

Visit any restaurant in San Antonio and you’re likely to see chile con queso on the menu. This fondue-style dip is a descendant of queso flameado, the “flamed cheese” dish from the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua. Its popularity spread across the border and landed on U.S. tables as early as the 1950s.

This dish is commonly made using processed cheese, which creates a creamy, uniform dip that doesn’t separate. To achieve this consistency using real cheese, make a roux first from butter and flour. This binds the dip and ensures a smooth texture. You can dress it up by adding chorizo along with paprika for a smoky flavor. Serve warm with tortilla chips or, for a lighter twist, with raw vegetables. Don’t forget to occasionally stir the mixture to keep it from developing a skin. Here’s our chef-y version of a Tex-Mex favorite.

Chile Con Queso

1    cup whole milk or half-and-half

2    Tbsp unsalted butter

½   onion, diced

1    serrano or jalapeño pepper, seeds removed and diced

1    Tbsp smoked paprika

2    Tbsp flour

6    cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (or sharp white cheddar or Colby)

¼   cup chorizo, chopped

1    tomato, peeled, seeded and diced

¼   cup sour cream (optional)

Salt to taste

Heat the milk over low heat in a saucepan; do not boil. Melt the butter in a separate saucepan on medium-low heat; add the onion, pepper and paprika; cook until vegetables are soft, about five minutes. Add the flour and whisk, cooking mixture for about a minute. Add the milk slowly, whisking constantly; cook until mixture thickens (about 5 minutes).

Lower heat and add the cheese in batches, stirring with each addition, until cheese is thoroughly melted into the mixture. Stir in the chorizo and tomato.

For extra richness, add the sour cream and stir. Serve hot right out of the pan or transfer to a bowl.

Serves 4.

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Hotel Havana

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  • Published: Fall 2014