Green Chili Queso Dip Recipe

Joshua Bousel

The fruitiness and slight heat of roasted poblanos shine against a smooth cheesy base for one crave-worthy dip.

Recipe Facts



Active: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
Serves: 8 to 12 servings

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  • 2 large poblano chiles

  • 1/2 pound white American cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1/2 pound Monterey Jack cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic, about 1 medium clove

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 5 ounces evaporated milk

  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped scallions

  • Kosher salt, to taste


  1. Roast poblanos over an open flame on a gas stove or grill until skins are completely charred. Place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit until cooled, 5-10 minutes. Peel off charred skins; remove stems and seed. Place poblanos in the workbowl of food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse until very finely chopped, stopping to scrape down side of bowl as necessary.

  2. Place cubed cheese in a medium bowl and toss with cornstarch until evenly coated.

  3. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Stir in garlic, cumin, chipotle chili powder, and cayenne pepper and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in evaporated milk and chopped poblano chilies and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and add in cheese. Stir constantly until cheese is melted and smooth. Stir in cilantro and scallions. Season with salt to taste. Transfer to a bowl and serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
162 Calories
12g Fat
4g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 12
Amount per serving
Calories 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 482mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 5mg 25%
Calcium 437mg 34%
Iron 0mg 3%
Potassium 133mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)