Queso with Extra Melt American Cheese and Charro Beans

Yield: 8 cups | Serving Size: 2 ounces

Queso with Extra Melt American Cheese and Charro Beans

Ingredients

  • Charro Bean Ingredients
  • 1 pound (2 1/2 cups) | Pinto or other light colored beans
  • 4 ounces | Fatty pork shoulder, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 8 each | Thick bacon slices, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup (medium) | Onion, diced
  • 2 each (large) | Roasted poblano chiles, peeled, seeded, chopped
  • 1 (14-ounce) can | Diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup | Cilantro, roughly chopped
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  • Charro Bean Queso Ingredients
  • 4 cups ( ) | Charro beans
  • 2 pounds | Land O Lakes® Extra Melt® Process American Cheese Loaf, Yellow
  • 1 cup ( ) | Water
  • 1/2 cup | Poblano chile, seeded, chopped

Preparation

STEP 1

Sort beans; rinse and place in large pot.  Add 2 quarts water, remove any beans that float; soak for 4 to 8 hours, until water has penetrated the core of the beans.  Or quick soak by boiling the beans for about 2 minutes, then letting stand 1 hour.  Drain the soaked beans.

STEP 2

Measure 1 1/2 quarts of water into beans; add pork.  Bring slowly to a boil, partially cover and simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until beans are tender, 1 to 2 hours.

STEP 3

Fry bacon in skillet over medium-low heat, until crisp, about 10 minutes.  Remove bacon; pour off all but 2 tablespoons fat and raise heat to medium  Add the onion and chiles; fry until onion is deep golden brown, about 8 minutes.  Stir in tomatoes; cook until liquid has evaporated.

STEP 4

Add tomato mixture, bacon and salt to the cooked beans.  Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 30 minutes.

STEP 5

For Charro Bean Queso, pulse half of the beans in food processor until coarsely chopped.  Heat Extra Melt Cheese and water in bain marie until cheese is melted.

STEP 6

Stir in chopped and whole beans and poblano chiles.  Heat to 165°F.


Nutritional Information

  • Serving Size2 ounces
  • Calories140 calories
  • Fat 11 grams
  • Sat. Fat 7 grams
  • Trans Fat 0 grams
  • Cholesterol 35 milligrams
  • Sodium 560 milligrams
  • Carbohydrates 4 grams
  • Dietary Fiber 1 grams
  • Sugars 0 grams
  • Protein 8 grams
  • Vitamin A 496 IU
  • Vitamin C 2 milligrams
  • Calcium 181 milligrams
  • Iron <1 milligrams

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