Cheese dip lovers will especially enjoy the special feature of this day because it’s time for National Queso Day!
History of National Queso Day
Likely invented in Mexico during the 19th century or perhaps earlier, the first known recipe for queso is recorded from 1896, which came out in an American magazine called The Land of Sunshine.
The dish was originally called chiles verdes con queso, which translates to “green chilis with cheese”. The recipe was categorized as Mexican Food and was originally more focused on the chilis than it was on the cheese.
Now, queso is all about the cheese! In fact, the word queso literally means “cheese” in Spanish, but when English speakers refer to queso, they usually mean the appetizer dip called “chili con queso”. This dip is made of melted cheese and chili peppers and is often served with tortilla chips.
National Queso Day is the ideal time to give cheers for this simple and delightful little snack that is now well-loved all around the world.
How to Celebrate National Queso Day
National Queso Day can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, including celebrating with some of these ideas:
Enjoy Some Queso Dip
In celebration of National Queso Day, head on over to a favorite Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurant and have a ton of fun digging into a bowl of queso cheese dip. Even more fun, order queso as a take-out dish from several different local restaurants and have a taste test to see which one is the best when they are compared side-by-side.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to inquire at the restaurant to see if they’ll offer a discount on their queso dip in honor of National Queso Day!
Learn How to Make Queso Dip
Making queso dip isn’t as complicated as most people might think. All it takes is a little bit of melted cheese, usually Monterey Jack or Pepper Jack cheese varieties, as well as some salsa, rotel tomatoes and/or chilis. Some people like to use cheddar cheese in the mix, and others enjoy the texture given by the use of cream cheese in their queso recipes.
Mix everything up and keep the queso warm for serving. Sprinkle with preferred garnish like chopped green onions or diced tomatoes. Use it for dipping tortilla chips or spread the queso over Mexican style dishes and bake to perfection.
Share Queso with Friends and Family
The fact that queso is served in a big bowl for dipping makes it perfect for enjoying with a big group! Grab a big bowl of chips and some queso dip and let the fun begin. Add in a few margaritas or some sangria and the party will be going strong.
Don’t feel like throwing a big party? That’s okay! Those who like to keep things low key can still enjoy and pay tribute to National Queso Day by bringing some chips and queso to the office and sharing this delightful dish with coworkers.