Poblano and Corn Queso

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Poblano and Corn Queso is the perfect gameday dip. Poblano peppers add a little heat and the corn adds a touch of sweetness.

Poblano and Corn Queso with tortilla chips.


This vegetarian queso can be made in under 20 minutes and it has so much more flavor than regular queso. It is a white queso, not at all like the ones with velveeta cheese. In addition to the poblanos and corn, there’s also green onion and tomato for flavor. The cheesiness comes from pepper jack cheese which also adds a little more heat.

This queso tastes great served with tortilla chips or drizzled over burritos or tacos.


Poblano peppers are large, dark green Mexican peppers. They are mild in heat and can be eaten raw or cooked. Roasting them really brings out their flavor.

Queso in a small ramekin surrounded by tortilla chips.



You will need to char the pobleno pepper. This is easiest to do on a gas cooktop. Use tongs to rotate it over the flame until the skin turns black in spots. Then place it in a ziptop bag for a few minutes. This will steam it and make the skin easy to remove. Alternately, you can roast the poblano in the oven. Place it in a 425 degree oven until the skin is blistered on both sides.

To make the dip spicier, add a diced jalapeno or a few teaspoons of Cholulu hot sauce.

Use a block of Pepper Jack cheese and shred it yourself for a smooth queso with a superior flavor to that made with pre-shredded cheese.

If the queso gets cold, you can reheat it in the microwave.

Leftovers can be stored for 3 to 4 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheated in the microwave or in a pot on the stove. You may need to add a little milk to thin it some.

Poblano and Corn Queso in small ramekin.

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Poblano and Corn Queso with tortilla chips.

Poblano and Corn Queso

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cheese dip, Cinco de Mayo, Super Bowl
Servings: 8
Calories: 113kcal
Poblano and Corn Queso is the perfect gameday dip. Poblano peppers add a little heat and the corn adds a touch of sweetness.
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  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup minced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 poblano chile, charred, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup cooked corn kernels, frozen or canned is fine
  • 1 roma tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded Pepper Jack cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Melt butter over medium heat in a large saucepan. Add onion and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add garlic and poblano peppers and cook 2 more minutes.
  • Stir in flour and cook 1 minute.
  • Gradually whisk in milk and bring to a simmer. Stir in corn and diced tomato. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
    Remove from heat and stir in cheese. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.


Calories: 113kcal

Chip scooping up queso.

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