Queso has become a staple of many TexMex menus. Here are a few places to enjoy the cheesy appetizer in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto. This list is not comprehensive.
Green Chile Queso
This vegetarian-friendly queso includes hatch chile and corn pico de gallo and is served with tortilla chips. Greenhouse also serves a variety of American dishes with weekly specials and a brunch menu.
Greenhouse Craft Food
1400 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Ste. 110, Round Rock
Queso with brisket
Downtown Round Rock’s newest restaurant serves chips and queso with the option of adding brisket. The dip also includes pico de gallo. Liberty BBQ also serves a variety of barbecued meats, salads, flatbreads and desserts.
$6.00 (without brisket)
103 E. Main St., Round Rock
Burros Tex Mex Bar and Grill’s self-named queso comes topped with ground beef, pico de gallo and guacamole and is served alongside tortilla chips. The restaurant offers more than a dozen separate types of burritos to complement your queso dip.
Burros Tex Mex Bar and Grill
900 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock
Chile con queso
Pflugerville’s Krystal Taqueria serves its chile con queso alongside its expansive menu of Mexican and Latin American fare. The restaurant offers plates ranging from gorditas, to fish tacos, to pozole and more.
14815 Dessau Road, Ste. 500, Pflugerville
This dish features mushrooms, peppers, zucchini and onions topped with cheese. It is served with flour or corn tortillas. La Margarita also serves Queso Fiesta, which includes taco meat, guacamole, pico de gallo, and regular queso which can be served spicy or without meat upon request.
$10.05 (with chicken)
$10.60 (with beef)
La Margarita offers $2 medium regular quesos on Wednesdays.
1530 N. I-35, Round Rock
One of three Monterrey quesos available on the Rio Grande menu, the shrimp queso comes served with four warm tortillas. Rio Grande also offers a fajita queso and poblano queso made from Monterey Jack cheese.
560 Hwy. 79, Ste. A-100, Hutto
Casa Arandinas’ chile compuesto is a mixture of the restaurant’s chile con queso and grilled ground beef. The restaurant, which opened in 2018, offers several queso options, including a classic chile con queso, queso flameado and a choriqueso dish made with Monterey Jack cheese and chorizo.
1700 Grand Avenue Parkway, Ste. 180, Pflugerville
Chef Todd Engel’s Bluebonnet Queso
1 cup diced onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 cup milk
1 cup house salsa
1 cup Blue Bonnet Cream Ale
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
3 pounds American cheese
1 pound cheddar jack cheese
1. Saute onions and garlic until soft.
2. Add milk, salsa, beer and spices; bring to a simmer.
3. Whisk in cheese.
4. Serve with chips, pretzels or fries.
Chef Rob Snow’s Easy Home Queso
2 pounds EZ melt cheese
1 cup salsa of your choice
2 roasted poblano peppers, diced
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
1 teaspoon cumin
1. Melt all ingredients together.