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Emeril's Queso

This delicious queso recipe is courtesy of Emeril Lagasse and is used to make his Crazy Nachos.

  • Servings: 6

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, January Winter 2009


  • 1/2 pound fresh poblano or Anaheim chiles
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 large tomato, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 cup milk, or cream
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup grated pepper jack cheese
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Place chiles directly over the flame of a gas-stove burner on high heat or on a grill. Roast peppers, turning with tongs, until blackened all over. (Alternatively, broil peppers on a baking sheet, turning, until skin has charred.)

  2. Transfer peppers to a large bowl, and cover immediately with plastic wrap. Set aside to steam, about 15 minutes. Peel peppers; discard skins. Remove stems, seeds, and ribs; coarsely chop and set aside.

  3. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cayenne pepper; cook, stirring, until onion is very soft, about 6 minutes. Add flour and cook, stirring, until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and chopped chiles; cook for 1 minute. Slowly add milk or cream and cook, stirring, until thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add cheeses and cook, stirring, until melted and well combined.

  4. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper; serve immediately with chips, over nachos, or stirred into chili.

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