Sonora Cheese Soup
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- 3 tablespoons canola or safflower oil
- 1 to 1 1/4 pounds potatoes about 4 medium, peeled and diced (about 3 cups)
- 1 1/2 cups chopped white onion
- 1 ripe medium-sized tomato cored and diced without discarding seeds and juices
- 4 fresh Anaheim or poblano chiles about 1 pound, charred or roasted, sweated, peeled, seeded and cut into strips
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt or to taste
- 4 cups homemade chicken broth
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 pound queso regional fresco de Sonora or queso fresco
- Heat the oil over medium heat in a large, heavy soup pot. When hot, add the potatoes and onions and cook, stirring often, until the onions are soft and translucent, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the tomato, prepared Anaheim or poblano chiles, and salt, and cook until the ingredients are softened, 4 to 5 minutes more.
- Add the chicken broth, bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are completely tender and the broth has thickened a bit. Taste and adjust salt. Reduce the heat to medium-low, slowly add the milk and bring back to a gentle simmer. Gradually crumble the cheese into the simmering soup and stir until cheese is completely melted – or serve in bowls with cubes of the cheese in the bowls adding the soup on top. Taste again for salt and serve hot.
167comments inSonora Cheese Soup
I absolutely love this soup. Thank you so much for introducing it to me and everyone. I’ve made it multiple times and it just gets better each time. The poblano peppers just give it so much flavor.
So glad you liked it Jacqui, it is such a warm and filling soup!
Can you freeze this cheese soup???
To be honest I am not a big fan of freezing anything with potatoes Marcia, I would rather half the recipe so there will not be leftovers 😉
Me gusta esta sopa increìble. I added a liitle pork sausage to appeal to the meat lovers in my family. Muchìsimo gracias. Desde Dallas, Texas
Yummy idea, bravo Miranda!
This caldo recipe reminded us of the bowl we had at “mom and pop” restaurant in Alamos Sonora! It was delicious and so happy to have tried your recipe, mucho gracias
So glad you liked it Cecilia 😉
Gloria H. Salazar
Me encantó el caldo de papa con queso. Gracias
Me da muchisimo gusto Gloria, un abrazo!
I can’t wait to make this !!!
Thank you Patti for caring and sharing your recipes. Love you bunches and am searching were to get you cook books.
Love & Blessings Always Nancy Walters
Thanks for so much kindness Nancy! Follow this link to find many options to purchase the cookbooks, gracias! http://patijinich.com/cookbook/
I will be making this! As a vegetarian I’ll just swap out the chicken stock for veggie. Thanks Pati!!!
Sounds like a plan, enjoy!
Maria J. from KC
I’m going to make it this weekend, being so cold, it’s going to be perfect! 🥶😋
Hope you liked it Maria!
Me encantó la sopa de papa .Gracias desde Ensenada, Baja California
Me da muchisimo gusto Gloria, gracias a ti!
I love this soup. I’ve made it a couple of times, but I had only written the recipe from the television show. It’s good to finally have a copy to put in my recipe binder.
Glad you got it Patt, you can print all my recipes here from the website 🙂
This soup sounds wonderful! Unfortunately I don’t eat potatoes (not diabetic friendly), but I have figured that I could substitute rutabagas and the soup would turn out well. Thank you for inspiring this person who is just learning to appreciate soups.
Glad you could adapt this recipe to your dietary needs Susan 🙂
I just stumbled across this recipe and plan to make the soup next week. My grandparents were from Sonora and my abuelita used to make this served with her enormous Sonoran tortillas.
Yes, the sobaqueras, yum!
My wife makes the Sonoran soup it it delicious
Lucky you 😉
Love this soup and have looked for this soup recipe for years. Many moons ago I lived in Ensenada and I had friends that made this soup and called it Sopa de Crudos.
Hope you like mine Sharon!
Thank you for sharing your recipes. I follow you and I’m always excited to see what you bring to the table. I love how you travel all over to show us diversity in foods.
I love trying your recipes on my husband and he’s never been disappointed. ❤️
Thanks for your sweet message Cecilia, and to your husband for his willingness to try, haha!
Thank you VERY much for this lovely soup recipe, Pati! I normally tweak recipes, but resisted in this case to make your version exactly and I’m so glad I did. Everyone in my family is crazy about it. Please also know that I am very grateful to you for the many beautiful and creative ways you advance recognition and celebration of cultural And gastronomical diversity in the US and beyond….
This is SO sweet of you, thanks so much!
I was watching you make this on Pati’s Mexican Table and it reminded me so much of my mom. I used to love this as a kid.
I just made it, but I used cubanelle, couldn’t find anaheim or poblano (I’m in Ohio). The cubanelle was very mild. Turned out delicious anyway, but I did have to sprinkle diced jalapeños to make up for the mild cubanelles.
Cubanelles have a yummy flavor as well, glad you added the jalapenos, you know I love my food spicy!
I’ve made this several times and my husband can’t stop eating it! It’s absolutely delicious!
Haha Mary, so glad to hear! Un abrazo to you and to your husband 🙂
Easy, quick and so flavorful. Thanks, Pati, for your wonderful recipe.
SO very happy you liked it Carol, yay!
I like Sonora cheese soup .
I cook it with Anaheim chili and menonita cheese, all members of my family like it with these ingredients.
Yummy! Sounds delicious, thanks for sharing 🙂
Ana m. Vega
Pati, I love your cooking, remains me, my home meals in Mexico, I’m from Los Mochis, Sin. and they’re so similar recipes.I also love to cook, made my internacional tamales, beef bourguignon, Thai chicken red curry, etc. of course our tradicional tamales. Keep the good work!!💕
Thanks so much for the kind words Ana, I love Los Mochis!
What queso should I buy for this soup? Queso Panela, Cotija, Asadero, Fresco…so many to choose I’m confused.
For this soup I use queso fresco, but if you cannot find it then panela is a great substitute. Enjoy the soup Sharon!
Hi Pati. This soup is delish. I was short the tomato, so I added a small can of tomato sauce. I also removed some solids, and buzzed the remainder in my VitaMix. Then I added the solids back, and the milk. So yummy. Thank you. I never miss your shows!
So happy to read you loved this soup Ellen, thanks for following and tuning in 🙂
Hello from North Dakota!! This soup is so good & so comforting! Perfect for a snowy day like today! This will definitely become part of our regular meal rotation. Thanks again Pati for another Awesome recipe.
Thanks to you for trying it! So glad to read it was a success 😉
Best soup o ever had
Yay!!!! Gracias 🙂
Made this soup yesterday, mmm good…
Yay, glad you enjoyed it Patricia 🙂
Elaine P Munguia
My Mom made it for my Dad. SONORA RULES.
Yay, thanks Elaine!
What sort of queso works the best? My father prefers pepper jack. Would that work fine?
This recipe calls more for fresh cheese, I guess pepper jack works but Mozzarella or Panela will work fine. Enjoy!
What kind of potaotes were used, russet, white, or red rose? I tried looking for a video, but could not find it.
Any starchy potato will work here, russet are my favorites 🙂
Maria Pilar Morales
I saw you make this recipe and I loved it and I love that you visit Sinaloa. That is where my mother is from and I have tried many of your recipes and I even bought 1 of your cook book. I enjoy watching your show and your husband and children are very very handsome . You have a very beautiful family
And you are very sweet Maria Pilar, thanks for the kindness!
Elvia Castro from Tuttle, OK
I have to say that we all enjoy your recipes and your show as well.
You explain all so easy to understand, so it makes it easy to follow your recipes.
Thank you for all this hard work. Love the Sonora Cheese Soup!!
Thanks to you Elvia for taking the time to send such good vibe, un abrazo!
Love all of your recipes Patti
You are the greatest!
And you are the best, gracias Margarita!
OMG the easiest and so delicious . Thank you
Yay, thanks Yolanda 😉
Pati! My picky eater husband loves this soup! I invited our neighbors to join us the next time I made it. They loved it also. So delicious! Thank you.
So glad to read this Donna, my love to all 🙂
This recipe was so easy and so so delicious!! Thank you Pati for being amazing!!
Thanks to you for being so sweet! Glad you liked the soup 😉
Rewatching your shows just makes me happy! Thank you for your excellence!
Thanks to you for your kindness 😉
Hi Patti,I love watching your show, especially when your boys are on,They are so polite and helpful, I’m making this soup today,can’t wait to eat it.I’m by myself so I’m cutting recipe in half, thanks for easy to make recipe s
My pleasure Rose, hope you enjoyed the soup, and thanks so much for the sweet words 😉
Thank You, Pati My Mom made this Sonora Cheese Soup and it was Delicious…..
Your so nice to help us make good Authentic Mexican food.
Every one Just Loves you and you are so Pretty and Nice.
Aw, thanks so much Shannon, you are incredibly sweet! So glad you guys are enjoying my recipes. Hugs to you and your mom 🙂
OMG this soup was delicious. Thank you for sharing your recipes and your talent with all of us.
You are amazing!!!
Thanks to you for giving this recipe a chance Dina, so glad you liked it 😉
Making this soup tonight for Cinco de Mayo since it’s a peasant-type soup.
Yum. I have also made Monterrey style nachos. Flour tortilla with queso topped with pickled jalapeños and out under the broiler to melt. Double yum. And beforehand, a gold and silver tequila drink with lemon, lime, agave syrup and triple Sec.
Wow! Sounds to me like you had a wonderful celebration Donna, thanks for sharing your menu 🙂
Margie De La Rosa
This soup was very easy to make. My family loved it and I will be making often. Soooo good.
Yay! Thanks so much Margie, greetings to the family 😉
It’s cold and rainy. We had this for lunch today. It was delicious, satisfying and easy to make. We will definitely make this again.
So glad you guys liked it, thanks Susan!
Absolutely delicious soup I am discovering all of Pati’s amazing dishes. Thank you, Pati love you and the show!
Thanks to you for tuning in Mark, so glad you are enjoying the recipes 🙂
Estella Avila Lopez
Excited to try it i’m not a seafood person but you even make that look good. Keep up the great cooking
Thanks so much Estella, hope you will love the soup 🙂
Wonderful, the whole family just loved this soup
So happy you guys enjoyed the soup, hugs to all 🙂
my mom use to make us this soup when i was little, but i remember that it looked kind of red, maybe she put a little tomato sauce anyway, thank you for bringing back a lost memory that i had from my childhood, my mom was from empalme, somora, thank you patty!!
My pleasure Isabel, so glad this recipe brought back some sweet memories from your mom 🙂
Another great option for our “Meatless Monday Meal” (I’ll just swap vegetable broth instead of chicken). YUM!!
Great idea, enjoy Teri!
Just made this and it is delicious!
Delighted that you liked it Camillen, thanks!
Eric & I viewed your PBS showing of Pati’s Sonoran Cheese Soup and “Loved It”. We added a little
Cheyenne Pepper and freaked out…..YUMMY!
Ha! Glad you guys liked the soup Janet 😉
Made and ate some last night. Had some cold for breakfast this morning. A very tasty soup. Thank you.
Yay, so glad you loved it Doris 🙂
ANTHONY J SMITH
going to make this caldo de queso recipe this afternoon. only wish I could share the meal with you, and hear your approval!
I am sure it was amazing Anthony! Keep cooking and having fun 😉
Made this today and it was excellent. Only change made was to use Rotel canned tomatoes as we don’t have access to red ripe tomatoes.
Perfect! So glad you liked it Ethel 😉
Pati, Pati, Pati!!!! We are having this soup right now. It is soooooooo good. Thank you very much for the recipe.
Mi pleasure Dezi, so glad you guys liked it 😉
I made this soup after seeing it on you TV program this week. I used cubanelles and jalapeños because my market was out of poblabos and anaheims. Muy rico y me recordó de un locro de papas que comí cuando yo estudiaba en Ecuador.
So glad you enjoyed the soup Carey, yay!
Just finished eating leftovers of this for lunch -just as great today as it was for dinner. When I saw this episode, my first thought was ‘that looks pretty good” -it wasn’t pretty good it was really good. My son who ‘doesn’t care for soups’ wolfed it down. My second thought was ‘there’s no meat -which is good because my daughter is vegetarian-, but I could cook some chicken or chorizo to put in for me -I am a carnivore. I did chorizo, but honestly it was just as good without the meat. I couldn’t find Anaheim peppers, so I used poblano and jalapeno which worked quite well. I also added corn and black beans. Great recipe! Thanks!
Yummy Ron! You made a full meal out of this soup that worked for the whole family, bravo!!!
I just made this soup tonight! SO GOOD. Seeing the episode inspired me – it looked so comforting and flavourful.
I couldn’t find queso fresco or poblano/anahaeim peppers so I used green and yellow peppers and generous amounts of chili flakes and used baladi cheese instead. I hope to have the original ingredients some day. But this was delicious. Thank you!!
So glad you made this recipe your own Sol, sometimes we just have to do with what we have in hand, good job!
Diane, the home chef
I made this soup after seeing Pati prepare it on her show, it was easy and very delicious …my whole family loved it!
Thank you Pati for so many wonderful recipes.
Thanks to you Diane, un abrazo to you and your family 😉
Helen Lilia Hilton Padilla
I am sorry, I clic the wrong button, muchas felicidades por tus recetas! no me canso de ver y ver, todas deliciosas, soy nacida y vivo en Sonora. Muchas gracias por compartir tanta delicia de tu cocina a la nuestra.
Muchas gracias Helen! Viniendo de una Sonorense lo tomo como un gran cumplido, un abrazo!
Helen Hilton Padilla
Caldo de queso is delicious, but your recipe is missing two garlic cloves. Since we use queso fresco I add it just before serving because it tends to dissapear. As all caldos, it’s best eaten the day after.
Thanks for the advice Helen 😉
Pati , never change! I love all your shows, and now that im retired, You inspire me to cook your delicious recipes that remind me of my summers I spent in Mexico, with my Abuelita Simona. Don’t change a thing!
Thanks so much Griselda! So glad to read my recipes bring back sweet memories to yo 🙂
Thank you for the Sonora recipes. My mom is from Chihuahua and many of the recipes you have made are a great memory or my great grandmother who lived in Juarez.
My pleasure Rebeca, so glad these recipes have brought back sweet memories to you and your mom, un abrazo to both 😉
Lucy Orozco Avila
I saw the episode with my children a couple of days ago and are so excited to make this soup tonight! Going to try and make one of your recipes at least once a week so they can experience the different Mexican kitchen flavors, since their abuelita can’t cook for them any more. We absolutely enjoy watching your show. Much love to you Pati!
Thanks so much Lucy! Hope you’ll like the Soup and that you all are having fun cooking 😉
Tan rico que se mira en el programa.Lo voy acer gracias por la receta.
Gracias a ti Ismael, ojala que te guste la Sopa 😉
Sí, cocínala! Te encantará!
Made this tonite. So delicious. My daughter loved it. Thank you for this recipe.
So glad you enjoyed the soup ladies, un abrazo!
I never watch TV because I’m always cooking for my little family. I started watching your show 3 months ago and omg I absolutely love it! I love homemade Mexican authentic food. Como la que hace abuelita. :). Im young but cook like my grandma. ☺️ I’m obsessed with your show! I have amazing recipes I would love to share! Thank you for sharing.
Thanks so much for tuning in Vanessa, so glad you found me 😉
We are watching this right now!!! If we had the queso fresco, my husband wiuld be cooking this already; even though we never heard of this soup. Today is cold rainy and we have freezer full of green chiles💖 Most of these dishes remind me of my El Paso childhood because of the cumin, pecans, & Hatch Green Chiles! If i find the video of this one, i will give it out to my family
Hope you guys decide to give a chance to some of my recipes, big hugs to all the family!
You are my favorite chef. As a caucasian male that loves the taste of Mexico and culture, I can’t wait to make this. Sadly, I am having trouble finding Sonora Queso Fresco. Could I sub Ranchero Queso Fresco?
Absolutely Jason, go ahead and enjoy 😉
I watched the PBS program from Sonora and couldn’t wait to make this soup, it looked so good. I’ve never used Anaheim peppers before and I was shocked at how hot they were. I know that peppers vary and I should have checked one before adding all 4 to the soup. It was just as delicious as I thought it would be, but was a lot hotter. Next time I’ll use poblanos and maybe one Anaheim – but there will be a next time!
Glad you liked the soup even if it was to spicy for you Susan. Poblanos would be a great sub in this recipe, enjoy!
I’m anxious to try this soup and will today, but most of all I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy all of your shows. Could watch you all day long. You are such a sweet, kind person and it shows.
You are the sweet one Maria, thanks so much for your words. Hope you enjoy the Soup!
Sometimes I add a small amount of corn kernels. Just because. And only, mind you only, if I have some.
You might chop up cebollitas verdes and sprinkle them on top of the caldo when done.
I chop both the potatoes and cheese into the same size bricks, about 1 inch long.
You might try first drying out the queso fresco on a paper towel in refri for 24 hours and then chop into firm bricks to add to the soup as the last step, never stirring. That’s up to the consumer.
No tomatoes because I have some tomato haters in my family.
I offer salsa bandera on the side for the tomato afficionados.
I leave out the milk.
Thanks for sharing this ideas Teresa, un abrazo!
It was awesome Pati thank you
Happy you liked it Scott!
Thank you for posting this recipe. I can’t wait to cook it.
Hope you’ll like it David 😉
Laura P Pichardo
Suena bien, la voy a hacer…
Ojala que te guste Laura, un abrazo!
Pati, you are my Hero!! I had been looking for a soup that they used to sell at Kroger Chicken Con Queso, but since March they have stop carrying it.
Your recipe is so close to that soup that all I need to add is shredded chicken and it will be better than the Kroger soup. Mil Gracias for sharing this Sonoran Cheese Soup Recipe. Have a very Healthy and Safe 2021, Feliz Año Nuevo.
So glad I could share this recipe to replace your favorite soup Ninfa! Now, with the chicken it will be a full meal, bravo! Feliz 2021 to you as well 😉
Hi Patti, love watching your show and trying new recipes. Caldo de queso is a regular in the cooler months at our home. We are big livers of cilantro so, I add it to the caldo, it gives it great flavor.
I love cilantro too, I may try to add some Kathy, great idea!
You had me at 1 to 1 1/4 pounds potatoes. 🙂
😀 I know Paul, potato and cheese in a soup? I’m in!
Alexis J .
OMG the BEST SOUP EVER !!! I love the idea of how simple it is … I always seem to fall short of my mother in law’s soup skills but this was so easy and delish. I added some shredded chicken to my leftovers and still delish. Patti THANK YOU for sharing this recipe . This will be in regular rotation during cold /rainy season at my house.
So glad you liked it Alexis, great idea to add Chicken yum!!
There were some comments on the possibility of the milk curdling. To the rescue, my eighth grade cooking class, we learned to always use canned milk, properly diluted, in every cooked recipe. This includes soup, puddings etc.
Great suggestion, thanks for sharing Tami 😉
Pati, we love your show! As a half Chicana and working mom, it can be tough to cook for my picky little ones but your recipes are so approachable and take us beyond the basics (without getting lost in the kitchen). Especially love these Sonoran episodes and appericiate how you engage your family, and crew, in the whole process. Happy Holidays!
Thanks so much for tuning in and for the kind words! So glad my recipes are working for your little ones 🙂 Happy Holidays to you as well!
I tried this soup tonight and really enjoyed it. I noticed in the show episode you put the cheese in each bowl, in cubes, instead of crumbing it into the soup to melt. That’s what I did. The queso fresco softened and was delicious bites here and there. I also didn’t have home made stock, so I added a little bit of dried oregano and black pepper to store bought to approximate the tastes of your stock recipe. Turned out great. I hope I can reheat leftovers without the milk separating.
So glad you liked this recipe Stewart, thanks for the feedback!
Definitely looking forward to that recipe cant wait for the cold weather we are still fighting 90 degrees weather hate it Dorothy Lamore
Yes Dorothy, you are going to love this soup when it gets a bit chilly, enjoy!
Love these episodes.. my mother was from Sonora.. great memories of this soup and the taste of it. Recipe a little different, but can’t wait to make your’s!! Happy New Year!
And to you as well Josie!