If you’ve ever been to Austin, you know that Torchy’s Tacos is a staple. They have all kinds of incredible, crazy tacos that you go back for again and again. The best item on their menu to try to recreate, though? Torchy’s queso.
If you hit up Torchy’s for the tacos, I HIGHLY recommend you make any taco you get “trashy.” Why? Because “trashy” tacos mean taking the lettuce off and smothering it in some of the Torchy’s queso deliciousness. There’s seriously nothing better than one of their creative tacos with queso on top.
It’s spicy, but not too spicy, with amazing flavor from the roasted veggies and guac that goes into it. “Creamy” doesn’t begin to describe it and the way it coats a chip is divine. You can eat the stuff on literally anything, but some of my favorite ways are chips (duh), breakfast tacos, or over a taco salad.
Obviously we live in DFW, courtesy of the pilot’s job, so it’s a little harder to come by, but not impossible. They opened one between us and the airport, down the street from another of my favorite Austin-created Tex-Mex places, so life is good up here.
With the stay-at-home orders in place, we’re really trying to limit how much we go out (basically just the grocery store every two weeks and the pilot heading to work) so I decided to attempt my own version of Urban Cowgirl’s Torchy’s Queso recipe (she’s my FAVORITE, y’all). I prefer mine without all the toppings– I stick to just the queso and guac combo– but if you want it more authentically Torchy’s, add yourself a sprinkle of cotija cheese and chopped cilantro with a drizzle of Valentina’s Black Label hot sauce (the hotter version of Valentina’s, to which I was introduced by my brother-in-law, who puts it on EVERYTHING, and the most similar I’ve found to Torchy’s Diablo Sauce).
Torchy’s queso recipe is also AMAZING on tacos (like the ones you would make with my taco seasoning), over chips for nachos, on eggs in the morning, or in a glass with a straw (okay, mostly kidding on that one). If you’re needing an awesome replica of Torchy’s guac, look no further than this post!