Thursday, July 21, 2016

{CopyCat} Torchy's Queso

Today is National Junk Food Day.  Last night Mr. Devilish and I had a debate as to whether chips and queso were junk food.  I say junk food.  He maintains they are Mexican food.  He said, "Junk food is stuff like Oreos or potato chips."  To which I replied, "I don't have any Oreo or potato chip recipes to share." So queso it is.  Torchy's Queso to be exact.  Not all of you may be familiar with Torchy's Tacos as they started in Austin, Texas and are regional to Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma.  Their motto is, "Damn Good" and that is the truth.  They have some unusual combinations like the Trailer Park Taco featuring fried chicken.  If unusual isn't your thing, don't worry.  You can get something mainstream like green chile pork or beef fajita.  One thing everyone can agree on is the queso.  It's topped off with guacamole, queso fresco, fresh cilantro and Torchy's Diablo Sauce.  I had seen several copycat recipes for their queso and we decided to give it a try.  Mr. Devilish Dish is more of a queso connoisseur than I am.  He said this was pretty spot on.  All I know is it was Damn Good. 

Damn Good!
The famous Diablo Sauce.
If you don't have a Torchy's nearby,
use a good quality hot sauce like Cholula.
Just wait until you stir it all together!
Just like Torchy's.
Grab some chips and a cold beer and you will be so happy.

{CopyCat} Torchy's Queso

1 cup fire roasted salsa (We used Brother's)
1 (4 ounce) can Hatch chopped green chiles
1 pound Velveeta cheese, cubed
2.5 tablespoons heavy cream
Torchy's Diablo Sauce (or other hot sauce like Cholula or Valentina's)
guacamole (our recipe)
1-2 tablespoons Queso Fresco cheese
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon chopped Roma tomato


Combine the salsa, green chiles, Velveeta and heavy cream in a saucepan over medium heat.  Stir frequently until cheese is melted and hot.  Pour queso into serving dish.  Drizzle generously with hot sauce.  Top with a big dollop of guacamole.  Sprinkle with crumbled Queso Fresco cheese, sprinkle with chopped cilantro and tomato.  When you're ready to eat, stir everything together, grab some chips and enjoy!

Prep Time:  Approximately 10 minutes     Cook Time:  Approximately 15 minutes







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