Calavera Queso Fresco Salsa Dip

Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Cacique and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, recipe and all opinions are mine. 

A recipe I made for Dia De Los Muertos:  made with Cacique's Queso Fresco and salsa

I’m thinking of my feisty friend Alfonso (my fiancés father) as Dia De Los Muertos approaches.  It’s been almost 5 years since he stepped out of his human life and floated into the other side. I was there as he passed and watched his face go calm in peace.  Awwww, that man. He loved to fight with me.  I think I was probably the only female in his world brave enough to not agree with his every word.  He knew I had a good heart but wasn’t gonna back down.  He use to call me his lawyer because when he needed something done or figured out, I was the one he would turn to to get it done.  He said I had a persuasive way. When we first met he questioned my ability to cook and doubted I could find my way around the kitchen.  I loved proving him wrong.  I think he thought of himself as somewhat of a master of the cocina, but the truth was he was seriously the salsa king.  I had to give it to him, his salsa rocked.  I would bring him empty jars all the time so he never had an excuse not to share his salsa with me.  He took such pride in making his salsa and would just gloat to everyone how great it was, and most of the time people had no other choice but to agree.   He would set up a bowl of his salsa, a slab of Cacique’s queso fresco, chopped up avocado cubes, and a pile of corn chips, and that combo was his snack.

I used to sit in his kitchen sometimes and watch him make it.  I’ve never tried to recreate his perfect salsa since he’s been gone, but I do think of him every time I make my own salsa.  I have to eat it the same way he did, with queso fresco (Mexican cheese), avocado, and chips.  This is my ode to that lovely grump Alfonso Lopez that I still love and I once knew.

Ingredients for calavera queso salsa dip

Ingredients for Calavera Salsa Dip:

  • 1 – package Cacique Queso Fresco
  • 3 – tomatoes
  • 1 – tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 – jalapenos
  • 4- serrano chiles
  • 4 – fresh chile de arbol
  • 1 – onion (peeled and cut in half)
  • 4 – garlic cloves (peeled)
  • 1 – teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 pinch of dried oregano
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 – cups of water
  • avocado
  • corn chips
  • Pistachios, and chile flakes for decorating calavera

Directions:

  • Remove queso fresco from package, and with a small pairing knife cut the sides of the cheese to shape into a skeleton head.  Then with a small circle cookie cutter punch out the eyes. Place on a platter and place back in the fridge. Cut the edges of queso fresco to make a calavera shape Cut out the eyes for the calavera in the queso fresco
  • In a medium pot filled halfway with water over a high flame, bring to a boil.  Add in tomatoes and boil for 30 minutes.  Set to the side. Boil tomatoes for salsa
  • In a frying pan over a medium flame add vegetable oil and allow it to get hot.
  • Add in chiles, onion, and garlic cloves. Fry on all sides until charred and browned. IMG_5523 Fried chiles, onion and garlic
  • Remove stems from chiles, and place in the blender with tomatoes, onion, garlic cloves,  vinegar, oregano, salt, pepper, and water (I use the water the tomatoes boiled in). Blend until desired consistency is reached. Ingredients for salsa in blenderblended salsa
  • Decorate the calavera with chile flakes around the eyes, and use pistachios for the mouth. Decorate the queso fresco to look like a calavera
  • Place calavera shaped queso fresco on a plate, then pour the salsa  around the plate. Decorate the edges with avocado cubes.
  • Serve with chips. For Dia De Los Muertos Cacique Calavera Queso Salsa Dip
  • ENJOY!

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Im memory of my sweet friend Alfonso… I miss you.

Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Cacique and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, recipe and all opinions are mine. 
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5 Responses to Calavera Queso Fresco Salsa Dip

  1. What a fun recipe, so easy and gorgeous to look at and I’m sure delicious to eat.

  2. Love how you cut the cheese into a calavera! Awesome post! :-)

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