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Chile con Queso y Frijoles

That’s “Mexican Cheese Dip with Beans” for those of us who don’t speak Spanish (and by the way, I don’t speak Spanish … I know a few words … cerveza, queso, chile, frijoles, “Donde es el banos?” and “No habla Espanol” … but that is it!)

Chile con Queso y Frijoles (Mexican Cheese Dip with Beans)

I have been craving some good spicy queso all day today … well, queso or bean dip, I wasn’t quite sure which … so I made both! I just put them together in one.

I used to make Chile con Queso with Velveeta or a can of cheddar cheese soup, but I’ve become increasingly more distrustful of the extra preservatives and things they put in pre-packaged foods, so I decided to make one without that pre-made cheesey stuff. Really, it wasn’t much more difficult, and it turned out just as (if not more) delicious than any Queso I’ve made before. It’s a creamy, cheesy spicy dip that would be perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any fiesta … or for a night alone without the kids (which is me tonight … ah! a little solitude is good for the soul sometimes …)

Chile con Queso y Frijoles (Mexican Cheese Dip with Beans)

Chile con Queso y Frijoles (Mexican Cheese Dip with Beans)

  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup of onion, chopped fine
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped fine
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup lowfat milk (I used 1%)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (about 4 oz.)
  • 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup roasted, chopped Hatch green chile (I used extra hot, but use mild if you don’t like things too spicy)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons of your favorite salsa
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 1 teaspoon Red Robin salt (or just add salt to taste)


  1. In a sautee pan or cast iron skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat till hot. Add the onion and garlic and sautee for a few minutes until the onion is translucent and soft. (If you like a little “crunch” of onion in your dip like me, reserved half of the onion and add it in later.)
  2. Add the flour and stir to coat all the onion and garlic pieces and soak up all the oil.
  3. Pour in the milk and whisk to dissolve the flour into the milk. Cook for a few minutes over medium heat, whisking constantly or until you have a thick white sauce.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium low and add the shredded cheeses. Stir the cheese into the mixture till it’s all melted, then add the green chile, salsa, beans, and Red Robin seasoning.
  5. Serve hot with tortilla chips.

Chile con Queso y Frijoles (Mexican Cheese Dip with Beans)

Guess who got her fingernails painted purple at the teenage slumber party last night?

This recipe was shared at Cinco de Mayo FiestaWeekend Potluck, Sweet & Simple SundaysEveryday Mom’s MealsTrick or Treat TuesdaysKatherine Martinelli’s Bean Blog Hop and Totally Tasty Tuesdays.

11 responses

  1. I so wish this was print friendly….I do not allow my computer in the kitchen……Old Dog here likes paper!

    April 29, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    • Ann

      I’m sorry Jackie … I have thought about making print-friendly recipes, but I don’t have an automated solution for that … I will make one for you, though … give me a few minutes.

      April 29, 2012 at 7:33 pm

  2. Oh that looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

    April 30, 2012 at 9:06 am

    • Ann

      Thanks Kate! I’m so excited for you to try it. It is SO good IMHO.

      April 30, 2012 at 9:42 am

  3. Thank you dear Ann, for this delicious, festive Cinco de Mayo dip! I’m spreading the word…:) I’m running WAY behind on just about everything in my life at this point (plus another dr’s appt this week), but still I’m hoping to be able to switch gears and get into the Cinco de Mayo mood SOON!:) xoxo

    April 30, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    • Ann

      I know what you mean Michele! I feel so behind on so many things too, but when I have a craving like that, well, I gotta go with it no matter what else is going on in my life. Sometimes it does take me a few days (or weeks) to get to my craving, but last night I just went for it!

      April 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm

  4. This looks so good! Hubby and I love a good Queso Dip! I’d like to invite you to share this over at Sweet & Simple Sunday at Cups by Kim! Hope to see you there! BTW…I’m your latest follower!

    May 1, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    • Ann

      Thanks Kim! I would love to share it! I’ll be right over:)

      May 2, 2012 at 10:23 am

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  6. I love how easy this is to put together…and to enjoy it kid free is even better:-)

    May 7, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    • Ann

      Yes! Kid-free time is so precious:) … thank you Jocelyn

      May 8, 2012 at 7:44 am

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