que·​so ˈkā-(ˌ)sō How to pronounce queso (audio)
: a dipping sauce of melted cheese and chopped chili peppers : chili con queso
The author was never told in her Texas elementary school that if she ordered queso … or chalupas once she left home, she'd get only a plateful of disappointment.Pete Wells
The Mexican-inspired chain is offering free chips with guacamole or queso to customers who purchase their first order on its new smartphone app.Aric Jenkins

Examples of queso in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The restaurant has built a following for regular or vegan birria tacos and the cashew-squash vegan queso. Bud Kennedy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 28 May 2024 Or snack on your choice of chips and salsa, queso or guacamole. Lily O'Neill, The Denver Post, 22 May 2024 The cook dribbles asiento over the melting queso, using the end of a tong to swirl them together, and leaves them for a minute or two. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2024 There is also a Double Death Taco ($7) made with queso, carnitas, pico de gallo, slaw, cheese and a crispy shell. Endia Fontanez, The Arizona Republic, 8 May 2024 The restaurant chain is extending its $5 Happy Hour to Sunday, May 6, and also has $5 chips and queso, plus its Superfresh Margarita is available for $7. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 3 May 2024 The nachos consist of tortilla chips made with queso blanco and topped with Skyline Chili and shredded cheddar cheese. Erin Couch, The Enquirer, 2 May 2024 Blanco pries open each of the queso tacos and squirts a stripe of both red and green salsas down the middles. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2024 Arizona Diamondbacks loaded fries made with crinkle cut fires, queso, jalapeno-scallion chorizo, pico de gallo, chipotle aioli, scallions and an all-beef frank. Endia Fontanez, The Arizona Republic, 23 Mar. 2024

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Word History


borrowed from Spanish, "cheese," going back to Latin cāseus — more at cheese entry 1

First Known Use

1989, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of queso was in 1989

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“Queso.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/queso. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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