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    Copycat Pappasito's Queso

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    LiisaN's Note:

    This is my version of queso that is familiar with Pappasito's in Houston, TX. I found this copycat from with my adjustments of more onion, garlic, and tomato.. and this is fairly close..but not quite there.. it's really good all the same!! Hope you think so too!

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    • 1 1/2 lbs process American cheese (I use Land O' Lakes, not Velveeta)
    • 1 (4 ounce) can green chilies, do not drain
    • 1 tablespoon garlic (the kind from a jar)
    • 3/4 cup diced white onion
    • 1/3 cup milk
    • 3/4 cup diced ripe tomato, seeds discarded
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt


    1. 1
      Melt cheese with milk and stir until blended.
    2. 2
      Add chilies with liquid.
    3. 3
      Add garlic, onion and stir until onions are transparent.
    4. 4
      Remove from heat and add tomatoes before serving.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 25, 2014


      We thought this queso was VERY good. I'm trying to duplicate Uncle Julio's cheese dip actually. This is far superior to Rotel and Velveeta. I used Hatch hot chilies in the can, and Trader Joe's minced garlic out of the jar which I won't do again - will use fresh garlic next time. Next time I'll regular chop half the onions and mince the other half. One large tomato was perfect. I added at least a cup of milk - it was very thick. We will be making again and again.<br/><br/>Just made again. Used double boiler this time - makes all the difference. Using fresh garlic was a game changer too.

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    • on March 28, 2012


      Never been to Pappasito's...but this stuff is addicting! Yummy - thanks!!

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    • on May 21, 2011


      This did not taste anything I had at Pappasitos. Dip was to thick not creamy and thin and tasted to much like American cheese melted.

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    Nutritional Facts for Copycat Pappasito's Queso

    Serving Size: 1 (190 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 605.3
    Calories from Fat 385
    Total Fat 42.7 g
    Saturated Fat 26.7 g
    Cholesterol 111.8 mg
    Sodium 2732.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 21.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.4 g
    Sugars 16.3 g
    Protein 35.4 g

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