Since it’s comfort food season, and it’s always cheese season, chorizo queso fundido is on repeat in my house. It’s best to share with friends, because it’s seriously just a ton of gooey, delicious cheese melted with spicy chorizo, jalapenos, onions, and garlic. Serve it with homemade guacamole and salsa on the side, too!
what is queso fundido?
So glad you asked! 🙂 Queso fundido is NOT exactly cheese dip. It’s a combination of peppers, onions, chorizo, and melted cheese, yes. But it doesn’t make a dip-able melted cheese, but it makes a scoop-able melted cheese.
On that note, skip the tortilla chips. Since this is essentially a mound of gooey, stringy cheese, chips will just break apart if you use them. Set out some spoons and warm flour tortillas, so everyone can practice their epic cheese pulls as they scoop the fundido into the tortillas. Roll the fundido-packed tortillas up like tiny burritos, dip them in some guac or salsa, and get after it. 🙂
‘what goes in queso fundido
I use finely diced white onion, jalapeÃ±o peppers, minced garlic, freshly made chorizo, and whatever melty cheese I can get. Look for chorizo that your grocery store makes at the meat counter; it’s usually chunkier, kind of like Italian sausage would be. It crumbles easily, cooks pretty quickly, and leaves just enough fat behind to soften the onions and jalapeÃ±os.
what cheese do I use
Melty, gooey, delicious cheese is best for this recipe. Monterey jack is a great option that is available almost everywhere. However, if you can find Oaxaca (pronounced wah-hah-kah), Chihuahua, or a Quesadilla cheese, use that! I also like to add a touch of sharp cheddar, because I’m obsessed with cheddar. Get white cheddar if you want the color to be consistent with the melty cheese. 🙂
how do I make queso fundido
Super easy. Cook the chorizo in a small cast iron pan, then transfer it on a plate that is lined with paper towels (so the excess fats drain off). Add the onions and peppers of your choice, and cook until they’re super soft and fragrant. Add a hit of fresh garlic, and cook for about a minute as you mix it into the onions and jalapeÃ±os.
Mix in some cheese, then add a layer of cooked chorizo. Layer MORE cheese on top of the chorizo … (like a lot of cheese), then bake at 400 F for about 5-7 minutes. Broil it for a few minutes if you want that bubbly, browned cheesy look, then serve it directly in the little cast iron pan to keep it warm. That’s it!
I hope you like this one as much as I do! I mean, it’s hard to not love spicy chorizo with a sh*tload of cheese, right? If you get a chance to make this one, be sure to tag me on Instagram! And as always, reach out to me directly with any questions you may have!
Happy cheese eating. 🙂
queso fundido with chorizo
- small cast iron skillet
- 8 ounces Mexican chorizo (casings removed, if using links)
- 1/2 white onion, finely chopped about 1/2 cup
- 1/4 jalapeño, finely chopped about 1 tablespoon
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 8 ounces freshly grated Monterey Jack, Oaxaca, or other melty cheese
- 4 ounces freshly grated white cheddar or more melty cheese!
- guacamole, salsa, or pico de gallo for garnish
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Cook chorizo over medium heat in a small cast iron pan (an 8 or 9 inch pan). Crumble as it cooks, breaking it apart into smaller pieces. Transfer cooked chorizo to a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess fats.
- Let a thin layer of fat from the chorizo remain the the pan. Add onion, jalapeño, and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and fragrant - about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic, and cook for another minute.
- Remove the pan from the heat. Stir a couple handfuls of cheese into the veggies. Spread the veggies and melted cheese across the bottom of the pan, forming the first "layer". Add a layer of crumbled chorizo, then top with remaining cheese. (Reserve a couple of spoonfuls of chorizo to top the fundido when it's done.)
- Bake at 400 F for about five minutes, until cheese has totally melted. Switch the oven to broil for a few minutes if you want the bubbly, browned cheesy top layer.
- Carefully serve the fundido in the cast iron skillet to keep it warm. Top with remaining chorizo, and serve with warm tortillas, spoons for scooping, and guacamole, salsa, or pico de gallo if you like!