Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Nacho ordinary queso


I know you are gonna think I am strange, but I am not the biggest queso fan.  I like it, but I don't want it all the time like Gary.  He could eat queso with every meal.  All he needs to survive is flat bread and queso.  HA!  He loves it!  I like to sample it.  Every Mexican food restaurant we visit we order a cup of queso as our gage.  If we like the queso we will go back to that Mexican food place again.

After his couple of weeks of traveling Gary was ready to splurge on some queso.  So while at the store we bought a slab of Velveeta.  We vary rarely buy it.  It is just a weird unexplained block of unhealthiness.  BUT it is so good.  When Gary put it in the shopping cart at the grocery store I said if we are gonna get that, we have to dress it up.  I didn't want to cut up Velveeta and throw in the rotel and be done.  I wanted something fun.  Regular queso can get boring.  I have made REAL queso before, you know starting with a roue adding cheddar cheese and wow, that is super time consuming.  The last time I did that I got a cramp in my arm from the constant stirring.  Anyway,  I am posting below how I jazzed up our last batch of queso.



I sauteed half an onion and a bell pepper.  I can smell it right now.  I love the aroma of onion and bell peppers....Mmmmm :)  Celery is my next favorite veggie to saute...it smells wonderful. 




Then I added 1/2 a pound of pork breakfast sausage.  Keep in mind you can do it with spicy sausage and get the extra spicy kick.  Before little mouths were in our home we'd have made it extra spicy, but now we tone it down for the little people.  The last time Layla ate something really spicy she wiped her tongue off with a washcloth for an entire afternoon.  Drama...

Next ingredient...a can of cream of mushroom soup.



My favorite ingredient....add a bunch of that.



While the veggies are sauteing, have your helper husband cube up the Velveeta...



And then have him open a can of rotel...and pour in undrained.  Also...remember you can do extra hot or just regular. Depending on if you are in a hot mood.


Microwave as normal, for a couple of minutes at a time stirring it up each time to a nice creamy dip consistency.  I usually microwave for 2 minutes, stir and repeat until it is nice and dippy.  Is that a word?  Maybe dippable...Uhhh. Anyway...


Add sour cream  to the sausage, soup and veggie mixture if you so desire. You can totally skip this step, but we like sour cream a little to much in this house.  I don't buy it when I shop.  But Gary was with me, and somehow it ended up in the cart.  Why don't I purchase sour cream you ask?   Because my kids love it.  Layla has eaten it by the spoonful right out of the tub.  Enough said. I did that with margarine when I was little.  Now I am a butter fanatic, so if I can save my girl from the sour cream addiction I will.




Last step....pour the sausage and veggies into the cheesy mix.  Stir it thoroughly and pop it into the microwave if it needs to be warmer.  I like my queso warm...very warm.  I like it with soft warm flour tortillas and super crispy salty chips.  Hayden was making me laugh...he was saying 'mo queso'  His little boy voice is so sweet.  And watching him dunk and dip his food is so cute.



Good thing we ate the whole bowl this past weekend.  If there were any left I would be in there snacking on it. Writing this post made me hungry. Even though it isn't my FAV it is still so stinkin' good.

What do you put in your queso?

17 comments:

Kelli @ RTSM said...

Oh man that sounds good! Now I may have to go buys some Velvetta! We usually just add rotel, but I love to fancy it up a little with sausage too:)

Kelli said...

OK, I'm making this right away. I usually make it with Velveeta (which is very mystery but oh so good), hamburger, taco season and rotel. But I like the sour cream idea and the onions. This is one of my favorite appetizers too!

Katy said...

Looks so delicious, I cant make or eat Queso anymore , BIG SAD FACE :(,due to gallstones. Also stopping by to say hi!
xo
KATY

LeAnna said...

DROOOOOL. I want some. I use velveeta, sausage, milk, rotel and my secret ingredient, a can of Campbells nacho cheese (or regular cheese if that's all they have) soup. I try to only make it around Christmas, because otherwise we'd eat it all the time.

Love from Texas said...

This looks so tastey!!! Sour cream makes everything better :)

Laura@Cowboy Boots said...

girl queso is a staple in our house..kids beg for it and mommy can't help but have the leftovers (I steal some for the next day b4 the kids see) to have with my lunch the next day!

can't wait to try urs!

as for the wiping w/a wash cloth! love her drama!

shortmama said...

Im drooling and now Im starving!

Shannon said...

I have had this before or at least something very similar! Yum! Cheese, tortillas, and salsa are staples at our house! Now you've got me craving Mexican!

Elaine said...

I do about the same thing, minus the sour cream. I like to add cilantro too. On the Border has cilantro in their queso and I enjoy it:) Sometimes I just use hamburger meat if it is all I have. I also like to add season salt and a tbs of worchestershire...the secret ingredient!!

Ginger said...

How yummy! Can you bring some over? Have a great day!

Hattie said...

I want some NOW!!! Yummy! I've made it the same way except using cream of celery and no sour cream. It's kind of taste like the queso at Casa Ole'. Do they have those restaurants up north?

sarah @ life {sweet} life said...

Oh my word, I NEED this now!! Looks SOOO good. Thanks for sharing...will definitely be making this in the (very near) future!!

Heather said...

Um YUM!!! I need to make this soon!! Also, I need that salsa recipe!!

jennykate77 said...

OHMYGOODNESS!!! That looks so yummy and I'm kinda hungry...wish I had some right now! :) I have a similar recipe, but it doesn't have sour cream in it! I'll have to give this version a try!!

Jules said...

I've never had queso....it sure looks super good though. I know we would love it. Extra spicy for us though, no kiddos here to share with.

The Branches said...

Oh my that looks SO good! You are the best cook Angie!!! And I love the title of your post :)

Lauren said...

Sooooooooooooooo yum!!!!! :)