Jan 11, 2013

Skinny Queso Dip



A zesty chunky cheese dip with chunks of tomatoes, hot peppers, garlic, onions, lime juice, cilantro and spices. Get the chips ready, this stuff is good while it's hot!


Skinny queso, it sounds like an oxymoron, right? This is a perfect appetizer to serve for the Superbowl, I'm adding this one to the list.


I stumbled on this recipe on Slender Kitchen and curiosity got the best of me so I decided to try it out. To be honest, while I was cooking it I had my reservations. It wasn't until I scooped some up with my chips that I found myself going for more. Luckily I had a house full of people to help me dip away, and they all gave it a thumbs up.

I served it with Beanitos black bean chips, love them! You can use any light baked chip you desire. For those of you on Weight Watchers, 1/4 cup of this dip is only 3 points plus which is pretty good considering how much cheese is in here!

A few things to note: I personally thought this was best right after making, it was all cheesy and stringy. Later I microwaved the leftovers to see how it would re-heat and it was no longer stringy like it was when I first made it so this is definitely something you want to make and eat right away.



Skinny Queso Dip
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 11 • Size: 1/4 cup • Old Points: 2 pts • Weight Watchers Points+: 3 pts
Calories: 92.5 • Fat: 4.5 g • Protein: 6.5 g • Carb: 7 g • Fiber: 0.7 g • Sugar: 2 g
Sodium: 143 mg (without salt)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 poblano pepper, diced
  • 1-2 jalapeños, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 10 oz can Rotel tomatoes with chiles, diced and drained
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 3/4 cups shredded reduced fat sharp Cheddar, Sargento


Directions:

In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup of the milk with 3 tbsp of cornstarch to create a slurry; set aside.

Heat a large saucepan on medium heat; when hot add oil. Add the onions, garlic, poblano, and jalapeno and cook until soft, about 5-7 minutes. Season with salt, to taste.

Add the chicken broth and the rest of the milk. Bring to a boil and cook for about 3 minutes to reduce slightly.


Add the slurry (cornstarch mixture) to the pan and stir; simmer a minute until it bubbles and thickens, then reduce heat to low.

Add the drained tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Remove from heat and add the cheese; stir until it melts completely. Serve immediately.

Makes 2 3/4 cups.

Adapted from Slender Kitchen.

84 comments :

  1. My husband is going to love me for this - his favorite gameday snack!

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  2. This looks amazing! I like making queso with evaporated skim milk too, but this is a great option!

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    1. Yes it doesn't and it reminds me the italiano cheesy pizza that I had recently.

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  3. This looks amazing, Gina! I have to make this soon!!

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  4. This looks great! One quick note the link isn't working to the original recipe source.

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  5. I had tried that recipe a few months ago and I actually thought it was pretty gross to be honest - but yours looks so much better than the original, I may have to try it again. What did you do differently?

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    1. Really? I only made minor tweaks, I used a Sargento which is a good cheddar, melts nicely. My husband who is not on a diet loved it, so did my cousin. I also liked the spice it had, and the lime. I did find it needed to be adjusted with salt.

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    2. Hmm maybe it was the salt, I'll have to try it!

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  6. looks great but I LOVE those BOWLS! i want!

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  7. Oh yeah, this is so going in mah belly!

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  8. Who knew this could be skinny? Although I'd end up eating more than I should even so.

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  9. This will be on my Super Bowl table!! YUM!! =)

    Ergo-Blog

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  10. YUMM!!! This looks SO good!

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  11. Actually, on the Slender Kitchen sight it says it is only 1 plus WW point:

    "Points: 1 Weight Watchers PointsPlus
    Servings: 16
    Serving size: 1/4 cup
    Nutritional Info: 75 calories, 2g of fat, 3.1g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 1.1g dietary fiber"

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    1. It would be if it made 16 servings, but it didn't. It made 2 3/4 cups.

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  12. Oh goody goody goody!!! You have no idea how happy this makes me! The velveeta queso was so craveworthy but so bad for you. I'm going to have to pass this off on my husband without telling it's a healthy version. We'll have to see what he says :)

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  13. my gosh, totally looks delicious !!!! ♥♥♥
    xo

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  14. Just when I think you cant top a recipe, you DO! This looks amazing!

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  15. Can somebody tell me why the original recipie says its 1 point but on here its 3 points? Ive compared both recipies and there really arent any differences that should effect that.

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    1. I think my serving size is bigger, I measured it and got under 3 cups. I suppose if you add more vegetables you can stretch it to make more servings but I got 2 3/4 cups. I figure 1/4 cup dip per person, no one would eat less than that!

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  16. If anyone tries to keep this warm in a crock pot on "warm" setting. . .let us know how it works out!

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  17. The reason the points plus are different is because of the servings. Gina's is 11 & Kristin's is 16.

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    1. I measured it, and didn't quite get 3 cups.

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  18. Anyone tried this in a crock pot for a potluck?

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  19. Lower cal queso? Yum! I love the fact that it looks a bit chunkier, and not like a watery-cream; which is what most restaurants these days serve.

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  20. Gina

    When you list ingrediants for raw vegetables like mushrooms in your recipes, do you mean liquid or solid ounces?

    Many thanks!!!!!

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  21. This looks so fabulous! Great appetizer idea!

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  22. yum yum yum! Thanks for the recipe! Anything lightened up a little bit on Super Bowl Sunday helps!

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  23. Pretty pics!

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  24. I'm going to try making this and then keeping in my mini-crock pot to keep warm during the party. There is no setting on the little crock pot, so I'm hoping it doesn't get too warm. If anyone tries something similar, please post the results.

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    1. Let me know, sounds like a good idea.

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  25. Maybe it's my pregnant tummy but this doesn't look too yummy. :( I keep looking at it willing myself to want it but I just don't. Oh well...I'm sure my family would love it. Low fat queso..heck yes! They'll be all over it. Maybe I'll make it anyways and the baby will change his or her mind. ;) Thanks for sharing Gina!!!

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    1. Yeah, I didn't love too many things pregnant myself.

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  26. Hi Gina,
    This looks delicious but I have 2 questions - ancho chili powder - I haven't been able to find it. Would I be able to substitute chipotle chili or regular chili powders?
    Also, no stores supply Rotel tomatoes and there are no other brands that have the tomatoes with chiles. Would you have an idea for a substitute? Salsa, maybe?
    Can't wait to try this. Thanks, as always!
    Meaghan

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    1. Any hot chile powder is fine! I guess salsa would work along with some canned chile peppers.

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  27. Gina can you tell me how hot/spicey this is please? I know that is relative to the person, but my husband and I don't like anything that taste "hot" so trying to figure out what we should sub or leave out. Thanks for posting this recipe. I do want to try it soon!....lin lbprich@bellsouth.net

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    1. It's mild, you can adjust the seasoning to your taste.

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  28. YUMMM!! I love healthy alternatives to cheesy dips!

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  29. Oh, this is a must-have Super Bowl Party recipe. Can't wait to make some....and I don't even have a favorite team this year. LOL

    BTW, I finally have the sandwich feature ready for my blog and your tuna avocado open faces sandwich will be right up front. So beautiful, healthy and tasty, too.

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  30. I just made this for the game today and it was a big hit! Even my grandson liked it! It had lots of flavor and was good with chips and the rounded french bread cubes.

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  31. I was at lunch yesterday and wanted the queso so bad, but it had 500 calories plus 2,000 sodium! This is amazing. Thank you Gina, you've changed my life this past year!

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  32. Oh my goodness - this is my hubs favorite! I can't wait to make this for us to snack on. Yum!

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  33. This was very good! It was pretty spicy with 2 jalapeños. Next time ill use one. I also forgot ancho powder, so I used chipotle chili powder. I didn't care for the smokiness it added. But it was cheesy and delish! I can eat a bunch of it!

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  34. This looks delicious! I'm such a sucker for queso and I happen to be back on Weight Watchers so I will for sure be trying this recipe out after my next trip to the grocery store.

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  35. wowwww this looks soooo good!!!! Anything creamy and sort of cheesy sounds yummy right now, and what better way than to make it healthier without sacrificing the taste?! Great job with this recipe! I've never heard of Rotel tomatoes, so I'll have to check into that.

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  36. DELISH!! Once again, thanks and great job! I like eating with celery, too!

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  37. Hi Gina,

    Do you make a weekly dinner plan? If so, would you mind sharing it on here???!!! Thanks so much!

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  39. Oh my gosh this looks amazing! cheese dip for 3pp!?!?! I would totally make this to go to parties with so i can have something I know what it is and how to track it! YUM
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  40. I made this for the game on Saturday night! It was hard to stick to a serving it was so good. I ended up adding more chili powder because I really didn't think it was very spicy once the peppers were cooked down. My fiance devoured almost the entire thing he loved it so much. We will definitely be making this again!

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  41. I LOATHE cilantro. Leave out or substitute parsley or??

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  42. Hey Gina.. love this recipe - perfect for the SuperBowl coming up.. could I keep this warm in the crock-pot ?

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    1. I made this for the game last sunday and put it right in the crockpot to bring to my neighbors house. I thought it was just as good a couple hours later as it was when it was first done. All the neighbors loved it!

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  43. LOVED IT and the hubby kept coming back for more. Thanks Gina!

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  44. Gina-
    This looks delicious
    I wanted to incorporate it into an actual dish. Any ideas?

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    1. I made it today. It was a big hit, but had left overs. Plan on having it for lunch over fat free refried beans & brown rice.

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  45. This recipe looks delicious! I've been looking for a new appetizer to make, and I love queso. The only thing I hate is that it's so high in calories, so this is perfect!

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  46. Lauren Tamony1/17/13, 8:15 AM

    This looks great. I have such a problem with the queso dip at restaurants! Glad you've come up with a healthy alternative, what chips did you serve it with? I'm new to the health food scene.

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  47. This recipe looks AWESOME! I didn't think "skinny queso dip" was something that was actually possible but I've got to try this!

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  48. Now this would make for some tasty game day snaking!

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  49. Carol
    I am getting my Super Bowl Goodies Menu ready and I have enjoyed all the great recipes I have made so far. The Baked Potato Soup was sooooo good. My husband raved about it. Thank you for helping on slim down.

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  50. I made this yesterday and it was great. People even combined some with chili and blue corn tortillas to make nachos.

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  51. Ice Cream Sundae1/21/13, 5:00 PM

    Just made this, absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing Gina! :)

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  52. just made this this past Saturday for a small get together and my friend (who happens to be a 'skinny bitch' (jk!!) who avoids carbs, hates spicy food, and is a VERY picky eater) couldn't stop eating this and neither could my husband. My husband says he definitely wants this at the table at the next party.

    I'm a big fan of your recipes (your chicken ropa vieja recipe has been distributed several times to different friends) and this one just hit it out of the ball park!! Thanks!

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  53. Just made this...family loved it. Thanks!

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  54. How much kick does this dip have? I am kind of a wimp with spice but still want to try it out for Superbowl Sunday. It looks and sounds amazing. What would be your suggestion to mellow it a bit so the kids would eat it as well? Thanks in advance!

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  55. Gina,
    What kind of crackers are those and what other types of crackers do you recommend for dips? I have such a hard time finding ones that are on the healthier side.... Thank you! :)

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  56. Oh. MY. Goodness! Going to make this tomorrow. Thanks so much for always sharing.♡

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  57. So good! Just made this for a Super Bowl Party and everyone loved it. I thought it heated up okay, (not perfect, but definitely pretty normal) and it was a hit. Thanks for all your great recipes!

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  58. Made it yesterday and got lots of compliments! Thanks!!

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  59. I made this yesterday for the Super Bowl, and it was great! Definitely didn't miss the fat. Thanks!

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  60. YUMMY!! I made this for the Super Bowl and everyone loved it! Noone had a clue it was lowfat. I have lost 2 lbs last week making your recipes and desserts! Thank you for the light alterations. I have not told my family the recipes are lowfat and healthier or they wont touch it. What they don't know - Won't hurt them!!:)

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  61. Maybe this is more of a comment about my love affair with cheese, but I did not think this tasted cheesy at all. I love queso dip, it's one of my favorite foods. Every other recipe I've tried from Gina has been over-the-top excellente, but this one I threw out. I made it to take to a get together and just could not bring myself to serve it. And yes, I did follow all the directions and used Sargento cheese, I even tried throwing a little bit more cheese in there and it still didn't taste like cheese. Just onions, jalapenos, garlic and Rotel in a pillowy mush.

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  62. Made this and it took some serious chopping work! It was good though. Next time I will use less cilantro. It seemed to overwhelm the dish. Also, only used 1 jalapeno and glad I did, it was awfully chunky. I think the leftovers will be great on nachos. All in all a delicious dish.

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  63. Hi Gina! I am going to make this tomorrow night, I was going to buy a little cast iron skillet to make and serve it in. What size skillet would you reccomend?

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  64. hmm, sounds like it'd be good with ground turkey! I like the idea of eating with celery, which I love. maybe also good poured over chicken breast? adding to next weeks recipe list, but I may just make it this weekend for a Sunday snack!

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  65. This is my first time on this site, and the recipes look great. I was looking under the vegetarian dishes for a dip for my vegetarian sister and found this recipe, but then saw it has chicken broth in it. Maybe I can substitute veggie broth.

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  66. May I ask where you got those black bean chips?? THey sound awesome!

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