First, I found a recipe that called for Velveeta, cream cheese, sour cream, sausage and Rotel (or generic) tomatoes. The full recipe can be found on Plain Chicken. This has equal parts Velveeta & cream cheese and then half as much sour cream.
It was okay – but it wasn’t “right” – it was too much cream cheese for me and too thick. I liked it but didn’t love it.
What I did love were these chips!!! One of my readers sent me an email (Thanks Chrissy R!) after reading my review of Chuy’s. She saw that I was craving these uber-thin chips like they had and told me I can get something just like that at Kroger! WHAAAAA?????
So thank you Chrissy – you have made my world better and I’ll never buy another brand of tortilla chips again! Xochitl is the brand – it’s not in the regular chip aisle – it’s with the organic foods chip aisle. They’re worth the extra 2 minutes to find them – trust me! (I need to squirt some lime on them next time!)
So I decided to try again with the left over Velveeta, sausage and tomatoes and I think I perfected it!!! The Carlos O’Kellys version does NOT have sausage – I had it leftover so I wanted to throw it in. Good add!!!
This version was lighter and cheesier and just all around better – so woohoo for me! Perfecto!
Copycat Carlos O’Kellys Queso
- 1/4 lb chorizo
- 1/3 cup onion, diced
- 8 oz Velveeta, cubed
- 4 oz cream cheese, cubed
1 small can Rotel mild tomatoes
- Saute chorizo and onion in skillet on medium and break sausage into very small pieces. If using links with casing – cut open casing and just saute sausage from inside. Once browned, drain on paper towel.
- In microwave safe bowl combine Velveeta and cream cheese – microwave 45 seconds at a time – stirring each time. Microwave until all chunks are melted through. You might mush them against the side of the bowl to help them along.
- Stir in the tomatoes and browned chorizo and onion. Mix well and microwave 30 more seconds.
It's really all up to you and your taste buds but for me - this ratio of 2:1 Velveeta:Cream Cheese was right for me. I just happened to be out of sour cream when I made it the 2nd time around and that was fine - it was better without it. I'll take simple anytime!