How to Make Mexican Queso Dip

by Morgan O'Connor

Homemade Mexican queso -- or cheese -- dip adds a flavorful touch to many meals. You can spoon it over various dishes or simply scoop up some of this gooey dip with other foods, such as chips or vegetable sticks. When you make queso dip, you have a great deal of control over its final flavor. You can modify the recipe and the proportions of the ingredients in a way that sounds good to you. For example, you can include other spices, or use different types of cheese.

Heat the oil in a large pan and saute the onions over medium heat until they are translucent and somewhat soft, about 5 minutes. This will make their final flavor milder; skip this step if you want the onions to be crunchy and full-flavored in the final dip.

Put the cheese and milk into the pan and turn the heat down to low. Stir constantly as the cheese melts. When the cheese is fully melted and blended with the milk, add the chilies (and the chopped onions, if you did not saute them first). Stir well to blend.

Keep the queso dip warm as you serve and eat it. You can do this by keeping it in the original pan over very low heat or by transferring it to a slow cooker or another warming device.

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