Chile con Queso

This chile pepper is often mislabeled ‘Pasilla’, which is a different pepper entirely.It is one of the most popular chiles in Mexico and has won the appreciation of many a chef worldwide because of the superior flavor it has over regular bell peppers.

They have a tough outer skin that usually requires roasting and peeling before use. These very large chile peppers are most popular in chiles rellenos recipes, but cooking with these as a substitute for bell peppers in any recipe will enhance the flavor.

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2 tablespoons butter
2 green onions, minced (white and green parts)
1 poblano pepper, seeded and diced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 large tomato, seeded and diced
1 can (4 ounces) diced green chiles
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
chopped cilantro for garnish
tortilla chips for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium high heat. Add the green onions and poblano pepper. Saute for about 5 minutes, until tender.
  3. In a 1-quart casserole, combine the green onion mixture, cumin, tomato, diced chiles, jalapeno, cream cheese, sour cream, and 1/2 cup Monterey jack cheese. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. (At this point the casserole can be covered and refrigerated for up to 1 day. Add five minutes to the bake time.)
  4. Bake, uncovered for 30 minutes, or until bubbly. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve hot with tortilla chips.

Serves 10.