Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Queso: Breakfast of Champions

Technically, this should be Queso con Carne. And yep, had it for breakfast. Tracy J. brought it in to work to celebrate her three-year anniversary, and graciously offered it up for us.

It uses Velveeta, an underrated ingredient, and Fiesta Nacho cheese soup, which I'm pretty sure was created for recipes only. In true Hawkeye fashion, she paired it with yellow and black paper plates and napkins, and frankly, it just makes it more fun. (Am I at work? Maybe. But... this yellow-and-black theme suggests I might be at a tailgate party? Where's the beer??)

I should mention this filled a massive crockpot, not my 3-lb. roast crockpot. So, if you have a smaller crockpot, like me, you may want to halve the recipe, or make and store half in the fridge until your vultures consume the lot.

So, if you need some queso to kick off your day, or if you're looking for a vat of appetizer goodness for your next social gathering, whip it up and chip it up.

1.5 blocks of Velveeta
2 cans Fiesta Nacho Cheese Soup
2 cans Ro-Tel
1.5 lbs. ground beef
1-2 packets taco seasoning

Brown ground beef and drain. Add seasoning. Place meat mixture in crockpot and add Ro-Tel, soup and velveeta. Heat on low for an hour to melt. Switch to warm setting, and serve with a huge bag of tortilla chips. Decor optional.

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