Chili Con Queso - Slender Kitchen

Chili Con Queso

By Holly Clegg
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I am really excited to be sharing this amazing recipe from my friend Holly over at Trim and Terrific, and it's definitely going on my Superbowl menu.

I swoon over the creamy, tangy deliciousness that is queso. It’s so hard to resist ordering it any time I see it on a menu. You will find that most recipes for making queso call for the “processed cheese product” we all know and love as Velveeta. I wanted to create a cleaned up, lightened up version of this classic party favorite. My delicious version of Chili Con Queso is easy to make, better for you, and is made with real cheddar cheese.

This Chili Con Queso makes the perfect appetizer for parties or treat for game night. I love serving this sensational dip in a fondue pot. The queso stays just the right temperature and you don’t have to worry about it getting scorched by sitting on the stove for too long. I’m all about reducing the amount of fuss involved in my recipes.

I’m also happy to report that this fabulous healthy queso is completely gluten-free. The recipe takes just minutes to prepare, and is a real crowd-pleaser. It tastes fantastic served with tortilla chips, vegetables, cubed bread, or even apples.

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  • 1 U onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup light beer
  • 1 1/4 cups skim milk, divided
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 10 oz. canned diced tomatoes and green chilies, drained
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 
1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 64
Calories from Fat 12
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
Saturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 4mg
Sodium 215mg
Total Carbohydrate 6g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 2g
Protein 5g


  1. Spray a nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Add the onion and garlic and saute until tender.
  2. Add the light beer and cook until reduced slightly, about one minute. Then add one cup of milk and heat until mixture almost is boiling.
  3. Whisk the cornstarch into the remaining 1/4 cup milk. Add this to the skillet and cook until it is thick and bubbling. Turn the heat heat down to low and stir in the remaining ingredients. Stir until cheese melts and is fully incorporated.

Meet Holly Clegg

Hi I’m Holly Clegg! My passion is to inspire, encourage, and motivate today’s busy person to cook healthier with my easy, everyday recipes. As a best-selling national cookbook author and healthy culinary consultant, my expertise is 30 minute healthy easy recipes. I have sold OVER 1 MILLION COOKBOOKS with my trim&TERRIFIC® cookbook series and my more health focused Eating Well cookbooks on diabetes, arthritis and cancer! I've done LOTS OF COOKING! Learn More
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