Queso Blanco with Roasted Corn, Kale, and Tomatoes

Queso Blanco Dip with Roasted Corn, Kale, and Tomatoes with tortilla chips is a perfect appetizer to enjoy while watching the Super Bowl, or any of your favorite sports on game day for that matter.

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Queso Blanco Dip Recipe

Kevin is still mourning the loss of his beloved Steelers. Logan has finally accepted that his Broncos wouldn’t be enjoying a back-to-back Super Bowl victory, but we’ll still be going to a Super Bowl party this coming Sunday anyway.

Kevin and Logan don’t usually miss a chance to enjoy watching a good football game. I love any chance to spend time with friends enjoy some of my favorite game day appetizers — like this Queso Blanco Dip with Roasted Corn, Kale, and Tomatoes.

I first made this Velveeta queso blanco dip a couple of years ago when we had a neighbor get together to celebrate the last day of school. We ended up with rain, and lots of friends would be going out of town for the summer, so rather than canceling the party, we ended up clearing out Kevin’s garage and moving the party in there.

The rain let up enough later that we could sit out on the driveway and roast some s’mores around the fire pit.It was a fun time and everyone agreed that the white queso I’d made was pretty awesome.

You might not think of things like roasted corn, tomatoes, or kale (especially) when it comes to something like slow cooker queso….but believe me it is my favorite way to eat queso.

To roast the corn, you can either grill corn on the cob and cut it off, or you can use the cheater method of draining and drying canned corn. Once it is dry, you cook it stovetop in a cast iron pan until it starts to blacken. It develops a really awesome flavor, and doesn’t taste like it was canned.

The tomatoes and kale add a little extra veggies to go along with the mounds of cheese (and no doubt dozens of tortilla chips you’ll use dipping), but they also add some nice color and texture. YUM!

Queso Blanco Dip Ingredients

This Velveeta queso blanco dip (aka “white queso”) requires very few ingredients and comes together quickly with the help of your slow cooker. Here’s what you’ll need to make queso blanco:

  • Cream cheese
  • Velveeta queso blanco
  • Milk
  • Salsa verde
  • Canned corn
  • Poblano or jalapeño pepper
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Kale

How to Make Queso Blanco Dip

One thing I love about this queso blanco recipe is that after you’ve prepped it you can leave it in the slow cooker to stay warm throughout the game. I love it when recipes can be served in the same dish I prepped them in!

Here’s how I make white queso at home:

  1. Cut the queso blanco and cream cheese into cubes. Add to the slow cooker along with the milk and salsa verde.
  2. Turn slow cooker to High and cook until the mixture is melted and creamy.
  3. Meanwhile, add the drained corn to a cast iron skillet and cook (without oil) until beginning to brown.
  4. Add the diced poblano to the skillet with the corn and continue cooking.
  5. Stir the corn mixture, diced tomatoes, chopped cilantro, and kale into the queso blanco dip.
  6. Cook on Low until heated through, then serve.
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Can I Prep Queso Blanco in Advance?

I don’t recommend combining all the ingredients in the slow cooker ahead of time, but you can certainly chop the veggies and cook the corn the day before. Then, throw everything into the slow cooker 30 minutes before guests are supposed to arrive so fresh queso is ready when they walk through the door.

Tips for Making Queso Blanco Dip

Make sure you’re using brick-style cream cheese in this queso blanco recipe and not the whipped kind in a tub. Brick-style cream cheese makes for the creamiest, heartiest queso.

Use a poblano or a jalapeño pepper depending on your personal heat preferences. Poblano peppers will be milder than jalapeños. Deseeding the pepper will also tame the heat without taking away the flavor. I like using both, with seeds removed.

If you end up having leftovers, I recommend gently reheating the white queso in a pot over low heat. Leftover queso can be enjoyed on tacos, burrito bowls, nachos, and more!

More Super Bowl Appetizers:

I think the best thing about watching the Super Bowl is all the awesome appetizers to go along with it. Here is a selection of my favorite game day appetizers, dips, and finger foods.

Another queso recipe my family loves is this Crock-Pot Queso con Carne. It’s just as easy to make, and it stays warm throughout the game thanks to my handy slow cooker!

Honey Pecan BBQ Sauce Chicken Sliders feature a slider bun piled high with chopped BBQ chicken, coleslaw and chopped pecans. They’re the perfect small sandwiches to serve as an appetizer.

Classic hummus is transformed into this Roasted Salsa Verde Hummus with the addition of roasted poblano, jalapeño, tomatillo, onion, cilantro, and lime. Try serving it with these Smokey Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges for dipping.

Drumsticks or wings are always a win on game day. I love these Mango Habanero Drumsticks; the BBQ sauce can be used on wings or these Mango Habanero Pork Ribs as well!

If Mexican is your thing, try these Easy Baked Wonton Chicken Taquitos and serve them alongside a big bowl of 5-Minute Basic Guacamole.

How could you have a game day party without something buffalo flavored?For a unique take on a cheese ball, this Buffalo Blue Cheese Ball, featuring  hot sauce, shredded chicken, celery, green onion, blue cheese, and chopped walnuts, will be a crowd pleaser.

These Ultimate Easy Nachos whip up in a pinch and make Super Bowl appetizers super simple to prepare (and serve), leaving you with more time to socialize, eat, and enjoy the game!

Last, but not least, Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Bar Nuts are the perfect snack to have in a bowl.

What will you be eating this Super Bowl Sunday?

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Queso Blanco Dip with Roasted Corn, Kale, and Tomatoes

Queso Blanco Dip with Roasted Corn, Kale, and Tomatoes

Yield: serves 16
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Queso Blanco with Roasted Corn, Kale, and Tomatoes with tortilla chips is a perfect appetizer to enjoy while watching the Super Bowl, or any of your favorite sports on game day for that matter.

Ingredients

  • 1-8 ounce package cream cheese
  • 32 ounces velveeta queso blanco
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups salsa verde*
  • 2 cups canned Corn, drained and patted dry
  • 1 poblano pepper, or jalapeño**
  • 3 roma tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 4 ounces fresh kale

Instructions

  1. Cut the cream cheese and Queso Blanco into cubes.
  2. Add to a slow cooker on high heat. Pour in the milk and salsa verde. Stir to combine.
  3. Cover and cook until melted and creamy, stirring periodically.
  4. Turn the heat to low.
  5. While the cheese is melting, add the corn to a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and cook (dry, without oil) until it begins to roast and brown, about 5 - 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, remove the seeds and stem of the poblano and dice it. Add it to the pan with the corn.
  7. Stir and then cook an additional 3-5 minutes until corn has a grilled or roasted appearance.
  8. Dice the tomatoes; finely chop the cilantro and the kale.
  9. Stir into the melted queso.
  10. Cook over low for 20 – 30 minutes, until heated through. Serve.

Notes

  • *I have a Homemade Salsa Verde Recipe that tastes delicious in this queso blanco.
  • **Use a poblano or a jalapeño depending on your personal heat preferences. Poblano peppers will be milder than jalapeños. Deseeding the pepper will also tame the heat without taking away the flavor. I like using both, with seeds removed.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 16 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 273Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 65mgSodium 1119mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 1gSugar 7gProtein 13g
GoodLifeEats.com offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although GoodLifeEats.com makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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