chili con queso


variants or chile con queso
: a dipping sauce of melted cheese and chopped chili peppers
There was a good buffet in the dining room—ranging all the way from a … round of beef and whole turkeys and hams to our always reliable chili con queso.Lady Bird Johnson
There's nothing else in the world quite like the creamy, gooey decadence of Texas-style chili con queso.Brad A. Johnson
Rejoice, for the Tex-Mex staple chile con queso, the cheesy nectar of the gods, the dip that every chip aspires to be smothered in, is being tested in Chipotle's corporate kitchens and may soon be available on a menu near you.Maura Judkis

called also queso

Word History


borrowed from Spanish chile con queso "chili pepper with cheese"

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chili con queso was in 1916

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Cite this Entry

“Chili con queso.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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