Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Recipe time: Home made chips and queso

Photo by Payje Bier/Payje Bier Photography (www.p-b-photography.com)

I don't know about everyone else, but I have dreams about chips and queso.  That's how much I love this snack.  And good queso is hard to come by.  However, this method is just about foolproof, and you can get as lazy or creative with it as you want.  The home made chips are an added bonus.  They are cheaper than name brand tortilla chips, and taste just like your favorite restaurant.  Make lots of queso and stick it in the fridge to heat up in the microwave for a quick snack!

What you need:
1 can Rotel tomatoes and chiles (for the lazy person)
1 Tomato, diced
1/4 cup diced green chiles
1 tsp fresh cilantro cut up teeny tiny
1 jalapeno or serrano pepper minced (depending on the heat level you prefer)
1/2 clove garlic, minced

1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, or mexican mix
1/3-1/2 block velveeta cheese, cut in to one inch cubes
What you do:
Put ALL ingredients in a medium sized saucepan on medium heat and stir often until cheese is melted.  Serve hot with chips

What you need:
1 package corn tortillas (yellow or white, I think yellow is better)
Oil for frying

What you do:
Heat your fryer to 375 degrees (if you don't have a fryer, fill a pan or shallow pot 1/2 way full of oil and heat to 375).
Cut tortillas into strips or triangles, whatever size you prefer
Drop tortilla pieces into hot oil, BE CAREFUL!!! I usually put in about 3 or 4 tortillas worth of strips at a time.
Fry until golden, remove from oil and drain.
Add salt to taste.


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