We prove that for every integer t greater than or equal to 1, the class of intersection graphs of curves in the plane each of which crosses a fixed curve in at least one and at most t points is chi-bounded. This is essentially the strongest chi-boundedness result one can get for this kind of graph classes. As a corollary, we prove that for any fixed integers k > 1 and t > 0, every k-quasi-planar topological graph on n vertices with any two edges crossing at most t times has O(n log n) edges.