Definition of chile con queso in US English:

chile con queso

(also chili con queso)


  • A thick sauce of melted cheese seasoned with chili peppers, typically served warm as a dip for tortilla chips.

    ‘if you prefer a mild chile con queso, omit the chipotle’
    • ‘The appeal of a salty but strangely bland cup of chile con queso dip was lost on me.’
    • ‘Nothing like tacos al carbon, guacamole and chili con queso to soothe the cockles of a displaced Texan's heart.’
    • ‘She liked it, but it was Matt's chile con queso that sent her back for seconds - and thirds and fourths.’
    • ‘I had no problem putting down an order of the chili cheese nachos ($6) that was doused with chili con queso and menacing slices of bright green jalapeno.’
    • ‘Serve up a platter of chili con queso nachos, and get set to become the most popular person at the party.’
    • ‘I inevitably end up eating more chips than I mean to, usually with a side of respectable chile con queso or guacamole.’
    • ‘I ordered their chili con queso and a wet burrito.’
    • ‘"The Johnsons liked to have certain foods, but I think people coming to the White House are not expecting hamburgers, chili con queso or spareribs," he told The New York Times in 1985.’
    • ‘Nevertheless I find its flat tortilla, washed with salty orange chile con queso, supremely comforting.’
    • ‘The pals also shared some chips with guacamole and chili con queso.’


Spanish, ‘chili pepper with cheese’.


chile con queso

/ˌCHilē kän ˈkāsō/