Sonora Cheese Soup

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Sonora Cheese Soup

Sonora Cheese Soup

Caldo de Queso

Recipe Yield

6 to 8 servings

Cooking time

40 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.8 from 5 votes

Ingredients

  • 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

To Prepare

  • 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.

Comments

101comments inSonora Cheese Soup

  1. Yolanda Maciel

    Jun 24

    OMG the easiest and so delicious . Thank you

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 28

      Yay, thanks Yolanda 😉

  2. Donna

    Jun 18

    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.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 20

      So glad to read this Donna, my love to all 🙂

  3. Jessie C

    Jun 09

    This recipe was so easy and so so delicious!! Thank you Pati for being amazing!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 10

      Thanks to you for being so sweet! Glad you liked the soup 😉

  4. Enrique

    Jun 08

    Rewatching your shows just makes me happy! Thank you for your excellence!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 12

      Thanks to you for your kindness 😉

  5. Rose Maddex

    May 22

    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

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 23

      My pleasure Rose, hope you enjoyed the soup, and thanks so much for the sweet words 😉

  6. Shannon McMillen

    May 15

    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.
    XOXO

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 23

      Aw, thanks so much Shannon, you are incredibly sweet! So glad you guys are enjoying my recipes. Hugs to you and your mom 🙂

  7. Dina Gerber

    May 05

    OMG this soup was delicious. Thank you for sharing your recipes and your talent with all of us.
    You are amazing!!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 10

      Thanks to you for giving this recipe a chance Dina, so glad you liked it 😉

  8. Donna Fornadley

    May 05

    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.

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 10

      Wow! Sounds to me like you had a wonderful celebration Donna, thanks for sharing your menu 🙂

  9. Margie De La Rosa

    May 03

    This soup was very easy to make. My family loved it and I will be making often. Soooo good.

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 07

      Yay! Thanks so much Margie, greetings to the family 😉

  10. Susan Brown

    May 03

    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.

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 07

      So glad you guys liked it, thanks Susan!

  11. Mark Mantini

    May 02

    Absolutely delicious soup I am discovering all of Pati’s amazing dishes. Thank you, Pati love you and the show!

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 07

      Thanks to you for tuning in Mark, so glad you are enjoying the recipes 🙂

  12. Estella Avila Lopez

    May 02

    Excited to try it i’m not a seafood person but you even make that look good. Keep up the great cooking

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 07

      Thanks so much Estella, hope you will love the soup 🙂

  13. Barbara Gonzalez

    May 01

    Wonderful, the whole family just loved this soup

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 10

      So happy you guys enjoyed the soup, hugs to all 🙂

  14. isabel

    May 01

    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!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 11

      My pleasure Isabel, so glad this recipe brought back some sweet memories from your mom 🙂

  15. teri

    Apr 24

    Another great option for our “Meatless Monday Meal” (I’ll just swap vegetable broth instead of chicken). YUM!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 25

      Great idea, enjoy Teri!

  16. Camille

    Apr 20

    Just made this and it is delicious!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 25

      Delighted that you liked it Camillen, thanks!

  17. Janet Kemper

    Apr 17

    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!
    Thanks! Janet

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 25

      Ha! Glad you guys liked the soup Janet 😉

  18. Doris Abelson

    Apr 11

    Made and ate some last night. Had some cold for breakfast this morning. A very tasty soup. Thank you.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 11

      Yay, so glad you loved it Doris 🙂

  19. ANTHONY J SMITH

    Mar 13

    going to make this caldo de queso recipe this afternoon. only wish I could share the meal with you, and hear your approval!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 20

      I am sure it was amazing Anthony! Keep cooking and having fun 😉

  20. Ethel

    Mar 01

    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.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 07

      Perfect! So glad you liked it Ethel 😉

  21. dezi

    Feb 24

    Pati, Pati, Pati!!!! We are having this soup right now. It is soooooooo good. Thank you very much for the recipe.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 07

      Mi pleasure Dezi, so glad you guys liked it 😉

  22. Carey

    Feb 21

    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.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 07

      So glad you enjoyed the soup Carey, yay!

  23. Ron Atchison

    Feb 04

    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!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 10

      Yummy Ron! You made a full meal out of this soup that worked for the whole family, bravo!!!

  24. Sol

    Feb 01

    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!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 10

      So glad you made this recipe your own Sol, sometimes we just have to do with what we have in hand, good job!

  25. Diane, the home chef

    Jan 31

    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.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 31

      Thanks to you Diane, un abrazo to you and your family 😉

  26. Helen Lilia Hilton Padilla

    Jan 25

    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.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 31

      Muchas gracias Helen! Viniendo de una Sonorense lo tomo como un gran cumplido, un abrazo!

  27. Helen Hilton Padilla

    Jan 25

    Good morning,
    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.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 25

      Thanks for the advice Helen 😉

  28. Griselda Pilhoefer

    Jan 19

    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!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 21

      Thanks so much Griselda! So glad to read my recipes bring back sweet memories to yo 🙂

  29. Rebeca Juarez

    Jan 18

    Pati,
    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.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 21

      My pleasure Rebeca, so glad these recipes have brought back sweet memories to you and your mom, un abrazo to both 😉

  30. Lucy Orozco Avila

    Jan 13

    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!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 17

      Thanks so much Lucy! Hope you’ll like the Soup and that you all are having fun cooking 😉

  31. Ismael alonzo

    Jan 12

    Tan rico que se mira en el programa.Lo voy acer gracias por la receta.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 16

      Gracias a ti Ismael, ojala que te guste la Sopa 😉

    2. Anonymous

      Jan 25

      Sí, cocínala! Te encantará!

  32. Hortencia

    Jan 11

    Made this tonite. So delicious. My daughter loved it. Thank you for this recipe.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 17

      So glad you enjoyed the soup ladies, un abrazo!

  33. Vanessa

    Jan 10

    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.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 17

      Thanks so much for tuning in Vanessa, so glad you found me 😉

  34. Addingtons

    Jan 10

    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

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 17

      Hope you guys decide to give a chance to some of my recipes, big hugs to all the family!

  35. Jason

    Jan 09

    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?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 17

      Absolutely Jason, go ahead and enjoy 😉

  36. Susan

    Jan 04

    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!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 06

      Glad you liked the soup even if it was to spicy for you Susan. Poblanos would be a great sub in this recipe, enjoy!

  37. Maria Winslow

    Jan 03

    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.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 05

      You are the sweet one Maria, thanks so much for your words. Hope you enjoy the Soup!

  38. Teresa Martínez

    Dec 30

    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.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 06

      Thanks for sharing this ideas Teresa, un abrazo!

  39. Scott Jackson

    Dec 29

    It was awesome Pati thank you

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 06

      Happy you liked it Scott!

  40. David.

    Dec 29

    Thank you for posting this recipe. I can’t wait to cook it.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 06

      Hope you’ll like it David 😉

  41. Laura P Pichardo

    Dec 29

    Suena bien, la voy a hacer…

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 06

      Ojala que te guste Laura, un abrazo!

  42. Ninfa DePalma

    Dec 28

    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.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 06

      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 😉

  43. Kathy

    Dec 28

    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.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 06

      I love cilantro too, I may try to add some Kathy, great idea!

  44. Paul

    Dec 23

    You had me at 1 to 1 1/4 pounds potatoes. 🙂

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 24

      😀 I know Paul, potato and cheese in a soup? I’m in!

  45. Alexis J .

    Dec 21

    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.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 21

      So glad you liked it Alexis, great idea to add Chicken yum!!

  46. Tami

    Dec 13

    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.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 21

      Great suggestion, thanks for sharing Tami 😉

  47. Anonymous

    Dec 10

    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!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 11

      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!

  48. Stewart

    Dec 06

    Hi Pati,

    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.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 09

      So glad you liked this recipe Stewart, thanks for the feedback!

  49. Anonymous

    Oct 16

    Definitely looking forward to that recipe cant wait for the cold weather we are still fighting 90 degrees weather hate it Dorothy Lamore

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 22

      Yes Dorothy, you are going to love this soup when it gets a bit chilly, enjoy!

    2. Josie

      Dec 30

      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!

      1. Pati Jinich

        Jan 06

        And to you as well Josie!

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