Texas Brisket Queso: A Flavorful Tex-Mex Delight

Have some leftover brisket from your recent barbecue or holiday weekend? Well, we’ve got the perfect recipe for you – Texas Brisket Queso! This authentic Tex-Mex queso is made with American cheese, giving it that classic velvety texture without the need for Velveeta. With just a few simple ingredients, you’ll be able to whip up a batch of delicious queso in no time. Let’s dive in and learn how to make this flavorful dish!

Making the Queso Dip

To start off, we’ll dice up some classic queso ingredients. Begin by finely dicing half a white onion, reserving the other half for the pico de gallo topping. Next, cut two jalapenos into quarters and then dice them into small squares. In a heavy-bottomed stock pot, melt two tablespoons of butter over medium heat and add the diced onion and jalapenos. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then add minced garlic and stir until fragrant.

Once the vegetables have softened, pour in one cup of half and half. Cut your preferred Boar’s Head American Cheese (white or yellow) into squares and add them to the pot. Stir well, ensuring the cheese melts into the queso base without burning. Continue stirring until the queso reaches a smooth and creamy consistency.

Chopping onions
Chopping onions for the queso base.

Chopping jalapenos
Chopping jalapenos for the queso base.

Adding garlic
Adding garlic to the pot of queso.

Adding half and half
Adding half and half to the queso base.

Cutting up cheese
Cutting up American cheese for the queso blanco dip.

Adding cheese
Adding chunks of queso blanco to the queso.

Melting cheese
Queso cheese melting into the queso base.

Making the Pico De Gallo for the Queso

Now, let’s prepare the pico de gallo topping. Start by cutting cherry tomatoes in half. These smaller tomatoes have less water content and more flavor than larger varieties. Finely dice the reserved half of the white onion and another jalapeno. Add them to a bowl along with fresh cilantro and lime juice. Toss everything together, allowing the pico de gallo to marinate and soak up the tangy lime juice.

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Chopping tomatoes
Chopping cherry tomatoes for the queso topping.

Preparing pico de gallo
Preparing pico de gallo for the queso topping.

Preparing the Leftover or Purchased Brisket

If you have leftover brisket, great! If not, no worries. You can purchase sliced or chopped brisket from your favorite barbecue shop. Slice the leftover brisket flat into small pieces or dice it as shown in the video. For an extra flavor boost, you can sauce the brisket with your homemade Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce.

Slicing brisket
Slicing brisket for the queso.

Saucing brisket
Saucing the brisket with homemade Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce.

Bringing It All Together

Once everything is prepared, pour the white queso blanco into a warmed cast iron skillet. Top it with a generous mound of pico de gallo and another scoop of the sauced brisket. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips and enjoy!

Finished Texas Brisket Queso
Texas Brisket Queso, ready to be devoured!

This queso dip is a winner for any occasion. Whether it’s a potluck, backyard barbecue, or tailgate party, everyone will be clamoring for your recipe. Experience the joy of this flavor-packed Tex-Mex delight today!


Q: Can I use a different type of cheese for the queso?
A: While the recipe calls for American cheese, you can experiment with other varieties like cheddar or Monterey Jack to suit your taste.

Q: Can I make the queso ahead of time?
A: Absolutely! You can make the queso in advance and reheat it when needed. Just make sure to store it properly in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Q: How long will the pico de gallo stay fresh?
A: The pico de gallo is best enjoyed fresh, but it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days. Make sure to store it in a sealed container to maintain its flavors.

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Texas Brisket Queso is a delicious and easy way to transform your leftover brisket into a crowd-pleasing dish. With its creamy queso base, zesty pico de gallo topping, and flavorful sauced brisket, this Tex-Mex delight is sure to impress. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or simply satisfying your own cravings, this recipe is a must-try. Get ready to experience the smoky, cheesy, and savory goodness of Texas Brisket Queso!

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