Queso Producto con Tomate y Chiles Verdes

by bsherm on February 6, 2011

It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and that means snacks and dips. I already shared a simple Hummus recipe, today I share an even simpler dip. I used to just call it Rotel, because it was Rotel and Velveeta. I loved the combination, and first encountered it over 25 years ago (ouch… I am old). It was a stand by. My only knock on Rotel wasthat it wasn’t really hot enough, and it’s a little to thin for my taste. They fixed the first problem by coming out with a Hot variety, but I still found the liquid to solid ratio to be less than ideal. It yielded a Queso Dip that was a little too runny for my tastes.

Since abandoning Rotel, I needed a new name. So I am trying Queso Producto con Tomate y Chiles Verdes, or Cheese Product with tomatoes and green chilies in Spanish (I think). Maybe I’ll just stick with Queso Producto.

I abandoned Rotel on a day that I failed to find the Hot variety of Rotel, and stumbled upon Red Gold’s Petite Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies. Very similar to Rotel (likely a knock-off) under a different label. It is a slightly larger can (14.5 oz vs. 10 oz) but definitely not as wet. It’s been a while since I have had Rotel Hot, but when I made the switch I though the heat level was pretty comparable. Here is a shot of the contents of the can in a bowl. Notice, not a lot of liquid:

So, anyway, this is a very simple recipe.


  • 1 lb Velveeta Cheese Product
  • 1 Can (14.5 oz) Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies


  • Microwave-Safe Bowl
  • Microwave


  1. Dice Velveeta and place in bowl.
  2. Add can of tomatoes and chilies.
  3. Microwave 2 minutes at a time, stirring after each time. It usually takes about 4 minutes with my microwave. I sometimes let it sit to let the heat evenly distribute rather than microwave until completely done.

That’s it. You can definitely get fancy and add other things. hot sauce is an obvious choice, if you want to kick up the heat. Cincinnati Nomerati created a very intriguing version in her post Of queso dip and social media. It was fun to watch that “come together” over Twitter, and it looks fabulous. I was also encouraged that someone with far better foodie cred than me was willing to embrace Velveeta. It just melts so nicely.

If the Hummus or Queso does not work for you, you should check out Wine Me Dine Me’s Friday Five. Her hummus recipe looks great, I definitely added that to my To Do list. That post also reminded me of a personal pFav, Skyline Chili Dip. Seriously, how can you go wrong with Skyline + Cream Cheese + Cheddar Cheese. I mean, unless you are trying to be healthy. My suggestion with this dish is to buy the “scoops” tortilla chips to help you really get a lot of dip.

So have a good Super Bowl. If I was really serious about this blogging thing I would have posted this on Friday, but there is still time. Especially with this recipe.

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