Texas Brisket Queso is the best way to use leftover brisket after a barbecue, or a holiday weekend, and today we’re going to learn how to make it!
The queso is a real, authentic, Tex Mex queso made with American cheese, so it’s Velveeta free, much like your favorite Tex Mex restaurant. You won’t believe how easy it is to whip up a batch of real queso on your own (AND WITH MINIMAL INGREDIENTS!!!).
Let’s get this party started!
STEP ONE: MAKING THE QUESO DIP
For the queso, we begin by dicing up classic queso ingredients. We’ll start with half a white onion, small dicing it and reserving the other half for the pico de gallo, which will go on top of the queso. Reserve the onion for the next step in the chile con queso dip.
I use 2 jalapenos for the queso base. (As seen in the video) We begin by cutting off the jalapeno stems, splitting the pepper down the middle, and then cutting each jalapeno pepper into quarters.
Now, I will line up all the little slices and dice them into small squares about the size of an MnM candy.
In a heavy bottomed stock pot, over medium heat, melt 2 T. of butter and add the onion and jalapeno. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
Add the minced garlic and stir until fragrant.
After the vegetables have softened, add 1 c. half and half to the queso veggies.
Cut the Boar’s Head American Cheese (you can use white or yellow), into squares.
Drop the squares of American cheese into the half and half, and stir well as they melt into the queso base.
Continue to stir, making sure the cheese never burns to the bottom of your pot.
Step 2: Making the Pico De Gallo For The Queso
Pico de gallo is a mixture of crunchy onion, fresh tomato, and jalapeno marinated in lime juice.
Some people cook the tomatoes in with the queso, or use a canned product called Rotel (cooked green chiles and tomatoes) to their queso recipes. I’ve grown rather fond of topping my queso with fresh pico de gallo because it’s cold and refreshing! It’s the perfect compliment to warm queso dip. I’ll show you how to do that right now!
For the pico de gallo we start with little cherry tomatoes. I use cherry tomatoes in my queso and guacamole because they have less water and more flavor than big ole’ red tomatoes. I cut them down the middle, and then make little nibbles, as shown below.
Add the tomatoes to a bowl with the white onion, small diced jalapeno, fresh cilantro, and lots of lime juice, and toss well. It will begin marinating and soaking up the lime juice, making it tangy and bright. Reserve the pico de gallo for serving.
Step 3 : Preparing The Leftover or Purchased Brisket:
We have lots of leftover brisket at our house, like all da time! If you don’t, don’t worry about it! Just purchase sliced or chopped brisket from your favorite barbecue shop. I’m slicing my leftover brisket flat into slices and then (as shown in the video) I will dice and chop until we have tiny morsels of brisket.
Now we sauce that brisket! I always use our homemade Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce Recipe available by clicking here!
Pour the white queso blanco into a warmed cast iron skillet and top with a mound of queso. Followed by fresh pico de gallo. Then another scoop of brisket!
Grab the tortilla chips, and serve!
This queso dip is a serious home run for any cook. Make it for your next potluck, backyard barbecue, or tailgate! (Everyone will be begging for your recipe! 😛 )
Here is the Texas Brisket Queso!
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I’d love to see how it turns out!