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posted: 09/09/14

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This Homemade Queso Sauce comes together in a flash and is super yummy!This Homemade Queso Sauce comes together in a flash and is super yummy!

Sometimes I think the perfect dinner might just be made up of appetizers. I mean have you checked out the Appetizer page on Simple Joy lately? I mean it’s growing with wild abandon. My favorite part of any party . . . besides the you know the hanging out with loved ones . . . is the snacks! I love it when there is a serious spread of dips, bites, roll ups, and finger food.

This Homemade Queso Sauce comes together in a flash and is super yummy!

I mean, it’s realistically the best way to do eating if you think about it. Because with appetizers, you get a little taste of ev-A-reee-THING! (That was everything spelled out funkily so you could sense my excitement.)

Come to think of it, I really should go out for tapas more often.

Or, you know, out period.

Anyway, I was working on a really REDONKULOUS dinner recipe yesterday, and it really needed some Homemade Queso Sauce to kick it up a notch. But seriously, Homemade Queso Sauce really deserves it’s own post and place on the Wine & Glue Appetizer page.

So here you have it. Enjoy it with a margarita. Or two.

This Homemade Queso Sauce comes together in a flash and is super yummy!

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Homemade Queso Sauce

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Ingredients

  • 1 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 1/2 a large jalapeño diced (about 1 TBSP)
  • 2 cloves of garlic diced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 TBSP all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend

Instructions

  • Melt the butter over low heat and sauté the jalapeño and garlic until translucent.
  • Whisk in the chili powder and cumin. Then whisk in the flour until fully blended.
  • Slowly whisk in the milk a little at a time so that it fully combines.
  • Add the salt and the pepper and cook for about two minutes until it reduces.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the cheeses.
  • Serve warm.

Notes

You can make this ahead and reheat before serving. Just microwave in 30 second intervals at half power until heated through, stirring after each 30 seconds.
When picking a cheese to make this with, don't pick one with a large portion of cheddar, as it tends to separate and make for an oily sauce.
Author: Lisa Longley

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  1. Mir says

    Queso sauce is definitely my kryptonite! This looks so good. I’d eat it all in five seconds!

  2. Tonia says

    That looks like the perfect party food!

  3. Julie @ HostessAtHeart says

    I can’t stand the store bought stuff in the jar or the big can of stuff that a lot of restaurants use. Thank you for my next football party appetizer!

  4. heather @french press says

    I’m telling you, small bites and appetizers are the way to go – looks fab lisa

  5. Becky says

    I made this last night, and I think the amount of milk must be wrong. It was far too thick until I added additional milk. Perhaps if the flour is left out that amount of milk would be correct. It also recommends microwaving at 30 minute intervals which is kind of hilarious. We had this on the waffle fry nachos, and they were a hit. Thanks for the idea!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Becky, it’s for sure a thicker than a store bought cheese sauce. The flour shouldn’t be left out because then it would have no thickness. And UGH! I corrected the minute/second type-o . . . I might blame baby brain. Glad you liked it despite those things!

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