A classic cheesy salsa with a fiery kick of chili, Salsa Con Queso and nachos make for a perfect combination – for many, the nacho experience is not complete without dipping the chip into some Salsa Con Queso. Manufactured by multiple brands, this type of salsa is available in countless bottled varieties in the market, but the ingredients used in this are neither fresh, nor natural.
Next time you have a craving for a deliciously melted cheesy dip for nachos, try making some Salsa Con Queso at home, for a more nutritious and delicious treat. In addition to being healthier, the homemade variety can be tailored to suit the preferences of your particular taste buds.
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: Nil
Total time: 10 min
Yield: 2 servings
Utensils: Saucepan, large bowl, wooden spoon, serving dish.
Butter: 2 tbsp
Corn starch: 1 tbsp
Milk: 1/2 cup
Cream cheese: 2 tbsp
Shredded nacho cheese blend: 1 1/2 cups
Mild salsa: 1/2 tbsp
A pinch of chilli powder
A pinch paprika
Start by placing a saucepan on the stove over medium heat. Put in the butter, and allow this to melt, and become foamy and slightly brown – browned butter has more of a flavourful punch , as compared to butter that is simply melted and used immediately.
Now, turn the heat on low and slowly start adding in the cornstarch, in sparing quantities. Keep stirring with a wooden spoon continuously in order to help it combine with the butter, and to prevent any lumps. Once the cornstarch and butter are completely combined and form a thick sort of paste, start drizzling in the milk – once again, keep stirring, to make sure it is easily mixed into the butter and cornstarch paste.
The mixture in the saucepan should now have a smooth, creamy consistency. Add in all the cream cheese, and stir it in. Then, drop in all the shredded cheese, and stir this in too, until it is melts and blends into the dip completely.
Finish by adding in the salsa, followed by the seasonings – in addition to chilli powder and paprika, you can also add in herbs and condiments of your choice, like a dash of hot sauce. Your Salsa Con Queso is now ready. Pour it out into a bowl, and serve with nacho chips.