Nachos with 3-Cheese Queso

Jalapenos and hot sauce add spicy brightness to this creamy, intensely-cheesy queso. Serve the sauce as soon as it comes off the stove for a perfect silky texture.

From Susan Vu for Cooking Channel
TOTAL TIME: 30 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 20 min
 
YIELD: 6 to 8 servings; 2 3/4 cups sauce
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • One 9-ounce bag good-quality tortilla chips
    • 3-QUEESE QUESO:
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      Directions

      Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and place a rack on the second-to-top position.

      Spread out the tortilla chips on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake until the chips are warmed through, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and keep in the warm oven until you are ready to assemble the nachos.

      For the 3-cheese queso: Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the jalapenos and cook until softened, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup of the milk to combine, and then stir in the flour to combine and cook until lightly browned and thick, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in the remaining milk and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and then reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until thickened to the consistency of heavy cream, 6 to 8 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in the cheeses until melted. Season with salt, black pepper and hot sauce.

      To serve, spread out the warm tortilla chips on a large platter. Drizzle all over with the 3-cheese queso and serve immediately.

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