Monterey’s Little Mexico Queso is unique, packed full of cheese, green chilies, celery, and onion. It offers so much more than ordinary queso, you can’t pass this one by!
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I don’t think anyone should go into a Tex Mex restaurant and pass on the queso dip. Monterey’s Tex Mex is a chain and it looks like they have changed their name to Monterey’s Little Mexico. Whatever the restaurant’s name, there are few things that I enjoy more than Monterey’s Tex Mex Queso.
This is wonderfully mild queso that is tasty with tortilla chips or even spread on a crisp corn tortilla as a side dish. This queso dip is delicious, and the onions and celery add a nice touch.
What does Queso mean?
Queso is the Spanish word for cheese. However, you get more than cheese when you see this gooey and spicy delight on the menu at a Tex-Mex restaurant.
Queso is the shortened form of chile con queso, which translates to chile with cheese. This Tex-Mex appetizer is a cheese dip recipe, but it should not be restricted to just dipping; it also goes well over burritos, fajitas, nachos, tacos, and even grilled chicken.
Type of Cheese to Make Queso
I had forever been stumped on finding the right cheese to make the cheese dip recipe that is familiar in so many Tex Mex restaurants. In this queso dip recipe, we use American Cheese. Not Cheddar, not Monterey Jack, but the good-melting American cheese that you can buy in the deli at your local grocery store.
With American cheese, you get a cheese that melts quickly and can be reheated easily.
Tex-Mex Queso Recipe Ingredients
Here’s a list of what you need:
- Yellow onion
- Large green chili peppers such as Anaheim or hatch chile peppers
- American cheese
Anaheim or Hatch Peppers
Anaheim peppers (or California peppers) are called chile verde del norte in Mexico since they belong to the northern part of the country. Anaheim is also one of the most common chile peppers in the southwestern United States.
These long, vividly green chiles have been cultivated in California to be milder, in order not to overwhelm the tastebuds of the norteamericanos. However, although these green chiles are some of the mildest you can find, they can still vary in the level of heat they add to a dish.
Hatch peppers are very similar in appearance to Anaheim peppers, but they are much, much hotter. These premium green chiles are grown in the small town of Hatch, New Mexico.
Every Labor Day weekend, there is a Hatch Valley Chile Festival when approximately 30,000 people descend on the little town to buy and eat these delicious hot peppers.
How to Make Tex-Mex Queso
- Saute the chopped onion, thinly sliced celery, and diced peppers with butter in pan over medium heat.
- Add American cheese and milk.
- Reduce the heat and cook, stirring frequently, until the cheese is melted.
Get more queso recipes!
Here are some more copycat queso recipes for you:
Favorite Mexican Recipes
- Chile Verde Pork
- Chili Relleno Casserole Recipe
- Chipotle Rice Recipe
- Huevos Rancheros
- Mexican Barbacoa
- Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas
- Taco Bell Nacho Fries
- Taco Bowl
Let me know what is your favorite dish served in Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants. I love hearing what my readers like to eat.
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Monterey Little Mexico Tex-Mex Queso
- 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
- 2 large green chili peppers such as Anaheim or hatch peppers, diced fine
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 pound American cheese
- 1/3 cup milk
- Place the chopped onion, thinly sliced celery, and diced peppers in a sauté pan over medium heat.
- Add two tablespoons of butter and sauté until the onions are translucent.
- Add American cheese and milk.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring frequently, until the cheese is melted.