If you’re a fan of potatoes and cheese, then Papas con Queso is a dish you won’t be able to resist. This delicious and comforting Mexican dish combines the creamy goodness of melted cheese with the hearty satisfaction of potatoes. With its rich and indulgent flavors, this dish is the perfect accompaniment to any meal or a satisfying snack on its own.
Potatoes hold a special place in Mexican cuisine, as they were introduced to the region during the colonial period. Since then, they have become a staple ingredient in various traditional dishes. Papas con Queso is a delicious example of how potatoes can be transformed into a cheesy and flavorful delight.
We recommend choosing a starchy or all-purpose potatoes for Papas con Queso, such as russet or Yukon gold. They have a creamy texture and hold their shape well when cooked.
The star of the dish is, of course, the cheese. Traditionally, Mexican melting cheeses like Oaxaca, Chihuahua, or asadero are used. However, you can also use mozzarella, Monterey Jack, or a mild cheddar cheese for a similar effect. The cheese adds a rich, creamy, and gooey element to the dish.
This dish is a mouthwatering combination of creamy melted cheese and tender potatoes that will satisfy any cheese lover’s cravings. Whether enjoyed as a side, party appetizer, or indulgent snack, this cheesy delight is sure to please. So, gather your ingredients, get cooking, and let the irresistible aroma of Papas con Queso fill your kitchen. Warm up some tortillas and prepare to experience the ultimate comfort and cheesiness in every bite. Enjoy!
Papas con Queso
- 1 large russet potato peeled and diced into 1” cubes
- 1/3 cup chopped onion
- 1-2 jalapeno or serrano pepper whole depending on how spicy you like your food
- 2 roma tomaotes
- 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. pepper
- ½ cup water
- 6 oz. grated cheese; Oaxaca Monterrey Jack or Mild Cheddar work well
- In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add, onions, jalapeno and potatoes; season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook until potatoes are just tender (about 5 minutes) but not necessarily browned.
- Add blended tomato, water and bring to a gentle simmer. Taste for seasonings and correct if needed. Cover pan and reduce heat to medium low, cook for 15 – 20 minutes until potatoes are cooked through. Turn heat off, add grated cheese, cover and let rest for 8 – 10 minutes.
- Serve with warm corn or flour tortillas.