Chipotle Butternut Squash Queso

Chipotle Butternut Squash Queso by Alison's AllspiceDuring football season, I am always challenged to come up with indulgent, cheesy finger foods that have a healthy twist.  I find that trying to make a snack healthy by reducing fat or other indulgent flavors usually makes it less exciting.  Instead I focus on adding something to the dish to make it more nutritious.  I use creamy butternut squash in this queso dip to add body and color, and mix in spicy chipotles and melty cheese to make it fun!  Try my chipotle butternut squash queso for your next game day!

Chipotle Butternut Squash Queso by Alison's Allspice Chipotle Butternut Squash Queso by Alison's Allspice Chipotle Butternut Squash Queso by Alison's Allspice Chipotle Butternut Squash Queso by Alison's AllspiceI used a cast iron 8-inch skillet to serve this queso because it has great visual appeal, and you can keep the queso warm in the oven just before serving.  The iron also holds the heat keeping the queso melty for a longer time period.  I also used a hand blender (I love the kitchen aid brand) to puree the squash after cooking.  If you can find it, you can use canned butternut squash puree as well.  Taste test it and add salt as needed.

Variations to the Chipotle Butternut Squash Queso recipe:

  1. I used Monterrey jack because it has great melting properties, and adds creamy flavor.  Many other types of cheeses will do as well.  Oaxaca cheese is a Mexican cheese that is super stretchy.  Sharp cheddar, or pepper jack would be delicious too!
  2. I used broth to boil the butternut squash because it adds extra flavor.  You could also try a favorite lager, or simply water with a pinch of salt.
  3. One chipotle pepper did not make this queso spicy in my opinion.  Try increasing to 2 peppers for a really spicy queso, or substitute with the adobo from the canned chipotles for extremely sensitive palates.

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Chipotle Butternut Squash Queso
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4 appetizer servings
  • 1½ cups butternut squash, cubed
  • ¾ cup vegetable broth
  • ⅓ cup minced onion
  • splash olive oil
  • 1 chipotle pepper, minced
  • 1 cup monteray jack cheese, shredded
  1. Place squash and broth in a small sauce pan. Bring to boil and simmer until the squash is fall apart tender, and the broth is nearly evaporated, 15-20 minutes.
  2. Heat an 8 inch cast iron over medium low. Add a splash of olive oil and the minced onion. Saute until the onion starts to brown slightly, 5-10 minutes.
  3. Use a hand blender to puree the squash. Mix squash puree, chipotles, and cheese in with the onion. Heat on the stove top until bubbly, stirring often. Serve.
This recipe is easily doubled to feed a bigger crowd. It should still fit in the 8-inch skillet, but will be very full!

Recipe inspired by Cooking Light.

Chipotle butternut squash queso is a fun appetizer with a healthy twist!  Butternut squash adds body and color while chipotles add smoke and spice!


20 responses to “Chipotle Butternut Squash Queso

  1. Congratulations!
    Your post is featured at Full Plate Thursday this week. I just pinned your post to our featured board and sure hope you enjoy your new Red Plate! Thanks so much for sharing with us and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

  2. Sounds delicious! I’ve pinned it on the Fiesta Friday Link Party Group Board. I’ve sent you an invite to join the board and I hope you’ll accept. Once you do, you can start pinning to the board. Thanks, Alison! 🙂

  3. Love the healthy addition to make this so much less guilt-inducing!!

  4. I just pinned your delicious Queso and what a great idea! Your post is awesome and thanks so much for sharing it with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. This sounds delicious Alison and I love your photos. Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday – don’t forget to link up so your readers can come and join the party too!

  6. What a fab idea – love it! Bet it tastes amazing 😀 Thanks for linking it up to #CookBlogShare. Eb x

  7. Oh gosh, this looks dangerously delicious! I love the idea of adding squash to help bulk it up a bit. This dip won’t last long in my household!

  8. What a creative way to use butternut squash! Great ideas! Visiting from the blog hop. Have a great week! -Thehungrymountaineer

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