Almost any cheese lover will tell you that the world got a little better the day that chili con queso dip got invented. Chili con queso, or “queso,” for short, is a delicious cheese dip that finds a home in a great deal of Tex-Mex cooking.
Queso originates from Chihuahua, a state located in the north of Mexico. There’s a good chance you won’t find a whole lot of the kind of queso dip that we know and love offered up at restaurants in Mexico, but restaurants all throughout the U.S. serve up this delectable vat of cheesy goodness.
National Queso Day timeline
Velveeta featured in queso recipe
The idea of using Velveeta to make queso was published in a cookbook.
"Little Mexico" serves up the first queso...maybe
The exact origin of chili con queso is highly disputed, but one restaurant in Arkansas, "Little Mexico," claims to be the first establishment to serve up our beloved cheese dip.
Velveeta was invented
Using Velveeta to make queso dip is an American tradition. Although it didn't gain popularity until later, Velveeta first made its debut in this year.
Tex-Mex arrives in San Antonio, Texas
Queso is a beloved Tex-Mex food. The first modern Tex-Mex establishment popped up in San Antonio, Texas thanks to Otis Farnsworth.
National Queso Day Activities
Go out for queso
Round up a group of friends and head down to your favorite Mexican restaurant. Queso is great any time of the day, but we suggest indulging in this tasty treat during Happy Hour. Queso tastes delicious by itself and it tends to taste even better paired with a nice, cold margarita!
Try making a new queso recipe
If you always stick to making the recipe found on the back of a very famous box of processed cheese, why not branch out a little? By browsing through some cookbooks, or doing a quick search online, you are sure to come across some new and exciting queso recipes that are worth giving a shot.
Score some free queso
There are more than a few restaurants throughout the United States that offer free queso on September 20. Do your homework ahead of time and you might just find that you can score some cheese dip goodness for free on National Queso Day.
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Why not combine two favorites: fajitas and queso?
Two of the most beloved menu items at a Tex-Mex restaurant are fajitas and queso dip; combine the two by finding a recipe for chicken fajita queso dip.
The internet is filled with some amazing vegan, cashew-based queso recipes that taste just as good as melted cheese.
Get a little more authentic with queso fundido
Queso fundido — a stringy, delicious pile of cheese melted on a hot griddle — is often served at restaurants and gatherings throughout Mexcio.
Queso con wings
Believe it or not, many people insist that one of the best bowls of queso dip is served up at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Why We Love National Queso Day
Queso is delicious
Salsa and guacamole are great, but sometimes we just want a warm bowl of cheese to dip our tortilla chips in. Just daydreaming about all of that hot, melted cheese makes our mouths water!
Everyone makes queso a little differently
It doesn't matter if we're all using the same recipe — it always seems as if each person makes queso differently. Maybe you add more spice, or perhaps your queso always turns out nice and thick while your friend's cheese dip often turns into a runny mess. Personally, we've never met a queso we haven't liked.
It's easy to make
Sitting in a Mexican restaurant and ordering a steaming bowl of queso is one of life's greatest pleasures, but that shouldn't stop you from making queso at home whenever the craving strikes. Although some queso recipes can get pretty extravagant, you can make a pretty kick-butt bowl of queso just by melting some cheese and throwing in a couple of spices.
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