I was first introduced to Espinaca via Jose Pepper’s Mexican Restaurant (their version of Queso Blanco) when they were a featured From the Land of Kansas guest on Chef Alli’s Farm Fresh Kitchen. It’s a luscious white cheese and spinach dip that takes con queso to a whole new level – feel free to spice it up any way you’d like! This recipe fits perfectly in a 10 inch cast iron skillet, even if you stir some leftover shredded, cooked beef – fyi.
1 Tbs. vegetable or canola oil
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeds and membranes removed, minced
3/4 cup half and half or milk
16 oz. white melting cheese, shredded or cubed (we often use white Velveeta, since it’s so readily available, though it’s not my favorite)
4 oz. Pepper Jack or Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded (shred this from a block of cheese yourself, instead of purchasing pre-shredded cheese in a bag. Freshly shredded cheese actually MELTS!)
1 tsp. granulated garlic
2 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
Add oil to a large skillet placed over medium high heat; when oil is hot, add onion and jalapeno and saute until onion is softened and translucent, approx. 5-6 minutes.
Lower heat to medium low, then very gradually whisk in half and half and cheeses, stirring slowly for a few minutes until melted and well combined. Stir in garlic, tomatoes, and spinach; remove from burner and pour into a serving bowl. Top dip with cilantro and Quesc Fresco crumbles; serve with tortilla chips.
Dip can be kept warm in a crock pot on a very low setting.
Yield: 4-5 cups dip
Now You’re Cookin’,
Want to take your Espinaca over the moon? Add 1 cup shredded cooked beef (we use leftover roast beef) and see what you think. It was pretty popular with my guys and I tend to agree.
P.S. Here’s one of my favorite From the Land of Kansas recipes that includes Queso Blanco as an ingredient – Fiesta Shredded Beef Pizza.
Red doesn’t want Miss Melba to get ALL the BDP attention. I don’t blame him.
Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.