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Regional Recipes for the World's Favorite Chile-Cheese Dip

by Lisa Fain

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Ingredients (11)

  • 3 jalapeños, halved and seeded
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 (16-ounce) container small-curd creamed (4%) cottage cheese
  • 1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and diced
  • tortilla chips, for serving
  • crudités, for serving
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Nutritional Information
  • Calories134
  • Fat8.22g
  • Saturated fat2.02g
  • Trans fat0g
  • Carbs6.58g
  • Fiber2.57g
  • Sugar2.76g
  • Protein9.26g
  • Cholesterol12.85mg
  • Sodium296.56mg
  • Nutritional Analysis per serving (6 servings) Powered by

Queso is usually warm and gooey, and it’s delicious that way, of course. But try the Homesick Texan’s novel spin on the dip, which mixes creamy cottage cheese with a punchy blend of jalapeños, onion, garlic, cilantro, vinegar, salt, and cumin for a little earthiness. Diced avocado underscores the cool creaminess of the dip, which is perfect for chips and raw veggies. Bonus points for being healthy and quick to throw together. Still prefer something melty? Try Spinach Queso Blanco or Indian Spiced Queso with Jalapeño Chutney.


  1. 1Put the jalapeños, onion, garlic, cilantro, vinegar, salt, and cumin in a food processor and pulse until finely minced.
  2. 2Combine the jalapeño mixture with the cottage cheese and avocado. Taste and adjust the seasonings, if you like.
  3. 3Serve immediately with tortilla chips and crudités.
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