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Oven-Baked Goat Cheese Green Chile Queso

I have a little something for you. It’s melty, cheesy, and has turkey bacon.

All you need is a chip (or like, 200) and life is good.

Chips with goat cheese dip, guacamole and salsa

Whenever we have friends over, I spend a little while planning my appetizer game. Even though I grew up around Mexican food, Mexican appetizers aren’t my forte. Ok, there’s chips and salsa, but there had to be something more.

QUESO.

Goat cheese queso

Duh.

I immediately thought of my favorite goat cheese queso fundido from Bobby Flay’s Metro Grill. It’s slightly spicy with green chiles, and scoops perfectly onto salty tortilla chips. Basically if it wouldn’t scald my skin, I’d like to swim in it. Or wrap myself in a cheesy blanket.

I’ve made his version a few times, but wanted to try something a little different, using some turkey bacon for an extra savory kick.

MY OTHER RECIPES


It worked out quite well.

Oven baked goat cheese green chile queso

 

Give this one a try for your next Mexican night at home, party appetizer dish, or whenever you want something melty and cheesy. 😉 

Oven-Baked Green Chile Goat Cheese Queso
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Ingredients
  1. 4 strips of turkey bacon
  2. 1 small can of green chiles
  3. 8 oz baby bella mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  4. Splash of balsamic vinegar
  5. 1 large log of herbed goat cheese
  6. 1/2 - 1 cup shredded firm goat cheese (I used goat gouda)
  7. Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Heat a large skillet to medium, and add a little olive oil to the pan.
  3. When the oil is warm, add the turkey bacon, mushrooms, and green chiles.
  4. Cook for about 5-7 minutes until the mushrooms are cooked and the bacon is slightly crisp.
  5. Add a splash of balsamic vinegar and season well with salt and pepper.
  6. Reduce the heat to low, and stir in the soft herbed goat cheese until smooth and creamy.
  7. Remove from heat.
  8. Transfer the mixture to a small baking dish, and sprinkle the shredded cheese on top.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until set and bubbly.
  10. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil and smoked paprika. Serve warm with tortilla chips.
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Let me know if you give it a try!
What’s your favorite party appetizer? This polenta bruschetta is another great one.

xoxo

Gina

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7 Comments

  1. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on June 6, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    I want this in my life!

  2. Shannon Crenshaw Rhoads on June 6, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Sounds super yummy!!!

  3. Allie Denault on June 7, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Yum- goat cheese is life. Looks delicious!

  4. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on June 7, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    I love anything with goat cheese. I’ll have to give this recipe a try.

  5. Crystal on June 7, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Omg I am so making this for a BBQ this weekend. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  6. Shaina on June 7, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    what in the world?! Need to make this asap.

    • Fitnessista on June 8, 2016 at 10:52 am

      let me know if you try it!!

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