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Queso con Chile en Salsa Verde

Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 18-20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Soft Mexican cheese in a warm salsa verde. This will soon become one of your family's favorites!

Some of the most authentic Mexican dishes require minimal ingredients. Queso con chile en salsa verde, also called queso en salsa, is a warm, simmering tomatillo salsa with soft Mexican cheese slices. This dish is typically prepared on those days when you needed a quick and affordable meal. Both queso panela and queso fresco are prepared from cow's milk. They are often used in home-style Mexican cooking. I really enjoy preparing this simple queso con chile dish for friends who are not familiar with true Mexican cooking. They are always pleasantly surprised when I explain how easy this dish comes together. It was one of my favorite dishes as a kid and remains one of my favorites to this day.

Ingredients

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Directions

  1. Transfer tomatillos, serranos and garlic into a glass bowl. Cover with a paper towel and cook in the microwave for 5 minutes. Transfer to the blender. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Blend until smooth, set aside.
  2. In a small saute pan, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and preheat at medium heat for a few minutes.
  3. After a few minutes, add the poblanos and onion. Season lightly with salt and pepper and saute for 5 minutes. Pour the salsa verde into the skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add in the cheese slices and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Serve right away with a side of beans and warm tortillas.

Chef Notes

My best suggestion when preparing queso con chile is to prepare a few different salsas the day before. Choose from mild to spicy. This way you can prepare a few small pans of queso con chile to suit your friends and family's tastes.

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