Queso Lightened Up




We are big Queso eaters in our house. As in I can eat Queso and tortillas for dinner and call it a day. So, yesterday when we were trying to decide what to cook for the game we really wanted Queso. I didn’t do “Sundays With Ina,” since I knew we’d be snacking all night. Anyways, I went in search of a healthier version of Queso not really knowing if I’d find anything. After searching several recipes I came across this one and it tasted absolutely perfect. We didn’t have that heavy full feeling after it like we normally would if we ate it from somewhere else. I can say the only reason I may have felt full was do to the amount I consumed because it was delicious.  Next time you are wanting a healthier but still tastes good Queso definitely try this one.

Queso Lightened Up
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ⅓ cup diced onion
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups freshly grated cheese (like Monterey Jack, Grand Cru, or another mild white cheese)
  • 1 tomato, finely diced
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves, cut into ribbons (culinary scissors work best for this job)
  1. Melt the butter in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion and both diced peppers and cook while stirring occasionally until the veggies soften, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and other spices to the pan and cook for 1 more minute.
  2. Sprinkle in the flour and stir vigorously until the mixture begins to darken but does not burn, about 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in the milk, continue whisking to break up any lumps, allow it to thicken just slightly, and then turn off the heat. Sprinkle in the cheese, stir with a spoon until it melts completely, and then gently mix in the diced tomato and chopped spinach. Serve warm with veggies and/or chips. Enjoy!
  3. Notes
  4. If you accidentally thicken the cheese sauce too much you could mix in a little extra milk, but I wouldn't recommend overdoing it since it takes away from the flavors.


  • Julie

    Looks delicious! Perfect for the cool Wahiawa nights too! Hope you both enjoyed the game yesterday

    • Yes, you will have to try for one of your Aloha Friday happy hours 😉

  • This looks really good!

    • Thank You! It’s amazing and Texas has the best Queso ever but this is a bit healthier. haha.