Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 6 mins

Chi-Chi's Chili Con Queso was to die for and is surely missed now that they are all closed. Not to fret though since I have a copy of the food manual. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb processed cheese (Velveeta works well)
  • 34 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 4 12 ounces canned diced green chilies, drained
  • 34 ounce canned diced jalapeno, drained
  • 34 ounce fresh diced green pepper
  • 2 34 ounces canned diced red peppers, drained


  1. Cut processed cheese into pieces no more than 1 inch thick.
  2. Spread cheese pieces evenly in the bottom of a microwavable dish large enough for all ingredients.
  3. Spread all remaining ingredients evenly over the top of the processed cheese.
  4. Cover with a microwavable plastic lid and microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  5. Stir.
  6. Repeat the microwaving process and stirring process until melted and heated to a temperature of 150°F.
  7. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips.
Most Helpful

I was a cook for Chi-Chi and made many many 1/2 pans of this in my day...

The original recipe contains Half and Half as was stated above but it also included Cumin. For your batch, I would say approx. 1 Tbsp. This was was one of the only recipes that did not require a seasoning packet so it was easy to reproduce.

Southridge 1man June 16, 2011

I was craving queso, specifically chi chi's queso, my all time favorite that I haven't had in years...went online and found this one! Loved it! I did add cumin (about 1/2 Tbs) and a splash (appr 1-2 Tbs)of fat free half and half. FYI... for individuals who can't find diced red peppers in a can, in my area of the US (Midwest) they are labeled as diced red pimentos. Enjoy!

GoMoGo January 22, 2012

this recipe is very close to chi-chi's. however you need to add half & half to this recipe.

gmatti801 September 10, 2008