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Chile Con Queso

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Active Time:  20 Minutes
Total Time:  20 Minutes
  4 cups
Our healthier version of chile con queso will have ooey-gooey-cheese lovers celebrating. Now you can enjoy this Tex-Mex dip without all the fat and calories. We replaced some of the cheese with a low-fat white sauce and used sharp Cheddar plus a splash of beer to boost the flavor. Our version cuts the calories in half and reduces total fat and saturated fat by nearly 60 percent.

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Slowly reheat on the stove over medium heat or on Medium in the microwave.
2 teaspoons  extra-virgin olive oil
1   medium onion, chopped
2 cloves  garlic, minced
1/2 cup  pale ale or other light-colored beer
1 1/2 cups  low-fat milk, divided
3 tablespoons  cornstarch
1 3/4 cups  shredded sharp Cheddar, preferably orange
1 10-ounce can  diced tomatoes with green chiles (see Note), drained, or 1 1/4 cups drained petite-diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons  lime juice
1 teaspoon  salt
1 teaspoon  chili powder
Cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
1/4 cup  sliced scallions
2 tablespoons  chopped fresh cilantro

Note: We like the flavor of Rotel brand diced tomatoes with green chiles the best in this dip. Choose original or mild, depending on your spice preference.
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Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until soft and beginning to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add beer and cook until reduced slightly, about 1 minute. Add 1 cup milk and bring to a simmer.

Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 1/2 cup milk and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add to the pan and cook, stirring vigorously, until bubbling and thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low, add cheese and cook, stirring, until melted. Stir in drained tomatoes, lime juice, salt, chili powder and cayenne (if using). Serve warm, garnished with scallions and cilantro.

Recipe reprinted by permission of © EatingWell Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 07/01/2009
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   4 cups
Calories: 84
Fat. Total: 5g
Protein: 4g
Carbohydrates, Total: 5g
Fat, Saturated: 3g
% Cal. from Fat: 54%
Cholesterol: 14mg
Sodium: 307mg
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Rating: 3
by: Roxanne, CO Reviewed: 11/25/2013
How many servings does this make?
What I want to know is what is the serving size? It makes four cups, but it doesn't say how many servings that translates to, and it's important to know for calorie counting. I haven't made this yet.
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