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Tequila Lime Flaming Queso


Bring the best dish to your next potluck with this recipe for Tequila Lime Flaming Queso! It is so hearty and delicious, you won't be able to stop eating it! Filled with the zesty flavors of your favorite tequila, green chiles, fresh pico de gallo, cilantro, smoky chili powder, and creamy cheese. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips, warm flour or corn tortillas, or even assorted, freshly sliced vegetables for a healthy way to eat this rich food.

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  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 12 ounces Queso Chihuahua Cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 (4.5 ounce) can Old El Paso Green Chiles, fully drained
  • 1/2 cup fresh pico de gallo
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1.5 ounces (1 shot) tequila
  • Tortilla chips or warmed Old El Paso Tortillas for serving
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Servings 6
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 30mins
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Step 1

Preheat oven to 350˚F

Spray a small casserole dish with nonstick spray and set aside

In a small saucepan, heat sugar, lime juice, and chili powder. Stir to combine.
Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer. Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat and set aside.

Place one layer of cubed cheese into the bottom of the casserole dish.

Pour on pico and green chiles. Pour on the chili lime reduction.

Top with the remaining cheese. Sprinkle with cilantro.

Place casserole dish in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is fully melted and bubby. Remove from the oven and stir to make sure everything is mixed together. If necessary, pat the top dry with a paper towel.

Immediately pour tequila over the cheese and light to set on fire. (BE CAREFUL! The tequila can light relatively quickly. Take caution when lighting it, I recommend using a long armed lighter) The flame should burn out pretty quickly, you can light more than once if desired. Once its charred to your liking, serve immediately with chips or warmed tortillas.

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