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 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chiles (see Ingredient 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
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.
Ingredient 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.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
84 calories; 5g total fat; 3g total saturated fat; 14mg cholesterol; 307mg sodium; 5g carbohydrates; 0g fiber; 4g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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