Rachel's cooking adventures

classic southern party queso

This is almost a non-recipe, but it is very traditional in Arkansas and I made it last night so I’m posting a recipe in case you’re curious.

 

Ingredients:

32 oz melting cheese, usually Velveeta

1/3 can fire-roasted tomatoes, I used leftovers from the enchiladas.

1 can Rotel

2 tsp cumin, or to taste

1 tsp coriander

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste

 

You can find Rotel on the same aisle with all the canned tomato products. It is like a salsa, with diced tomatoes and peppers and some seasoning. I like original or hot Rotel. If you use hot, forgo extra cayenne pepper until you’ve tasted it.

Drain the Rotel just a little bit. Add it and the tomatoes to a microwaveable bowl or to a pot.

Cut the melting cheese into cubes, roughly 2in by 2in is fine.

If using microwave:

Cook at 50% power for 3 minutes, then stir. Add spices. Cook on 100% power for one minute increments, stirring between, until cooked.

If using stove:

Cook over low-medium heat until cheese is hot and completely melted. Stir often to prevent burning. Add spices when cheese is melted enough to mix them in.

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This is traditionally eaten at parties with tortilla chips or Fritos (Alexis).

 

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This entry was posted on December 15, 2012 by in quick, rachel's recipes and tagged , , , , .
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