There's a Mexican restaurant in my hometown that serves (their term) 'Arroz con pollo'. The dish itself seems incredibly simple -- it's pretty much just rice, chicken, and an incredible cheese sauce.

I've spent countless hours on google looking for a recipe for something resembling this sauce, but there doesn't seem to be one definitive version of arroz con pollo, so I haven't had much luck.

Can someone point me in the right direction?

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    Can you be a little more specific about what the sauce actually is? What it looks like, tastes like, any ingredients you know of? I don't think that you're likely to get a great answer without any more details.
    – Aaronut
    Jul 24, 2010 at 21:31
  • Unfortunately, it's been a long time, and the place is 500+ miles away, so it's kind of difficult. All I can definitively say is that it's creamy, nearly white, and delicious when served over rice/chicken. Jul 25, 2010 at 3:29
  • i think you're referring to that sauce at mexican restaurants that should be served on anything anywhere anytime
    – mfg
    Aug 24, 2010 at 13:53

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That sounds like a standard queso cheese (typically found on your chimis etc.)

If you are looking for a terrific queso recipe, there are myriad. However, two tips for any queso:

  1. seek out "Chihuahua Cheese" (its a mild white that melts very smoothly and has a subtle flavor)
  2. pepper and cumin and paprika roasted first are your friends, but if you add more than a little, they are your worst enemies. (also, fresh roast jalapenos for ideal flavor, don't use diced.)

Have you considered calling them and saying "Hey. I live five hundred miles away, I love your cheese sauce, how do I make it at home?"

  • This is a nice comment. Sadly, I can't convert it anymore because the author's account was deleted. I am leaving it as an answer for historical reasons.
    – rumtscho
    May 28, 2013 at 10:28

Stuff like this is often highly regional, and even then different people will make it differently from house to house or eatery to eatery. I seriously doubt there even is a definitive recipe to be found. Considering that the name literally means "rice with chicken" and makes no mention of a cheese sauce, I doubt the traditional version of the dish has any sauce at all, let alone a specific cheese sauce.

If I were you I'd just start with a simple queso sauce and modify it to your liking. Beyond that, this site isn't a recipe exchange and posts seeking that are being closed.

  • Yeah. Try making a standard Mornay using queso blanco and see where that gets you.
    – daniel
    Jul 25, 2010 at 8:36

They probably don't do this, but if you ever want a nice melty cheese sauce look into adding some sodium citrate to the mix, it helps prevent the cheese from coagulating and gives a very smooth melty sauce no matter what cheese you start with.


I have ACP in 2 differant mexican restaurants in the Avon Lake and Sandusky areas of Ohio. They were awesome. In both cases, I asked what kind of cheese they used, and both times the answer was white american cheese.


I have asked two different Mexican restaurants what the cheese sauce was made of and they said melted white American.

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