It’s the ideal preamble to any Tex-Mex or Latin-inspired dish and the perfect appetizer to round out a spread of salsa and guacamole. Whether it’s the saucy version of queso cooked into a roux with green chilies and tomato or the molten version in a cast iron skillet, melted cheese and tortilla chips go together like bread and butter. Here is a variety of the best queso in Corpus Christi.
Queso Fundido and Tortillas de Maiz
The liquified form of queso shows up on menus more frequently, but the Queso Fundido from YOLA is a delicious deviation from the regional norm. Queso Asadero is melted in a piping hot cast iron skillet with chorizo and served with corn tortillas. The result is more reminiscent of a warm quesadilla filled with mild, rich cheese and flavorful chorizo. 3818 S. Alameda
The cheese dip at Cancun is a Corpus local favorite and a must-order menu item at either location. The queso blanco is melted with green chiles to create a slightly spicy and smooth topping for thick-cut flour tortilla chips, tacos or as a starter for the table. 4252 S. Alameda, 6314 Yorktown Blvd.
Melty Oaxaca cheese is caramelized in a cast iron skillet over poblanos, mushrooms and chorizo and served with tortilla chips for a traditional take on a queso fundido. Order this in conjunction with a margarita flight at happy hour or preceding one of the many birria and taco dishes on the Central-and South-American-inspired menu. 5717 Saratoga Blvd.
Chili Con Queso
Second to the tableside guacamole is the chili con queso at Senor Jaime’s. Classic yellow queso dip is topped with seasoned ground beef and served with homemade tortilla chips. The generous portion is large enough for a few people to share, and tastes great alongside a selection of its noteworthy enchilada and fajita plates. 4615 Everhart Road
Chori Queso Dip
The choriqueso is a take on classic chili con queso made with melted Monterey jack, topped with chorizo and served with chips. The appetizer menu at Jalisco Grill is full of dishes with queso as the star, such as chori queso fries and carne asada fries. 1813 Ennis Joslin