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homemade rotel made without velveeta

How To Make Rotel With Shredded Cheese (Without Velveeta)


  • Author: Regan Jones, RD
  • Total Time: 12 min
  • Yield: 12 appetizer servings

Description

Skip the Velveeta and make this fan-favorite gameday snack with shredded cheese, chili powder, milk, and Rotel tomatoes.


Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour*
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) freshly shredded Cheddar cheese (do not use pre-shredded as it will clump and not melt smoothly)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco (optional)
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes, drained

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium. Add flour and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly to ensure flour doesn’t clump or burn.
  2. Whisk in milk; gradually bring just to a low boil, and cook until thickened (mixture should coat back of a spoon.)
  3. Turn heat to low and add cheese 1 handful at a time, stirring until smooth. Add in remaining ingredients. Serve warm.

Notes

*Since my husband is gluten free, I used Jovial Gluten Free All Purpose Pastry Flour. It worked really well. I’m not sure all GF flours will work as well as some I have tried remain gritty when preparing a sauce. If your GF flour doesn’t work well or you have concerns, you might also try using 1 tablespoon of cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon of water. Skip the butter/flour step and simply add the cornstarch slurry to the milk once it’s been brought just to a boil. Let it simmer, stirring constantly, long enough until thickened.

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 7 min
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: American