Hatch Chile Summer Squash Queso Fundido

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Hatch Chile Summer Squash Queso Fundido

I’m currently hanging around Copenhagen with Yossy and Michelle. Recap coming very soon!

Before I left I had this idea to combine my two favorites things: vegetables and chz in a spicy concoction that screams summer!

For the past few weeks I’ve been trying to eat on the healthier side because it’s so easy to do in the summer time. Every morning I’ve been getting up, sautéing some cherry tomatoes over super high heat and throwing in green onions, zucchini, crushed red pepper flake and lots of garlic. I’ll eat this with a couple of eggs and it’s perfection! It makes me feel all powered for the day, especially when I have like two almond milk lattes.

Hatch Chile Summer Squash Queso Fundido

Hatch Chile Summer Squash Queso Fundido

This isn’t all that healthy I suppose but it’s SO good and tasty.

You start with cooking and caramelizing the zucchini. This may seem a little strange but don’t worry. It taste so creamy with the cheese—it’s delicious!

Hatch Chile Summer Squash Queso Fundido

You basically have to sweat out the zucchini, much like you would do with onions. Salt and sauteing…so much water releasing!

The zucchini and squash are mixed with the cheese and then the entire thing is baked until it’s super melty and makes your heart flutter. I ate this with chips and then played an ll cool j song to it for Insta Stories. I did this all in front of Billy and he didn’t bat an eye because he’s used to my weirdness. If anything, he encourages it.

Hatch Chile Summer Squash Queso Fundido

Hatch Chile Summer Squash Queso Fundido

Hatch Chile Summer Squash Queso Fundido

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Serving Size: 4 TO 6 (AS AN APPETIZER)


  • 2 to 3 fresh hatch chile peppers
  • 2 medium-sized zucchini
  • 2 bottle-neck yellow squash
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced (ends discarded but I use the rest of it!), plus more for garnish
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Salt
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack
  • 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • Tortilla chips, for serving


  • Place the chiles on the grates of your gas stove. Turn the flame to medium-high heat and rotate every 30 seconds or so, charring it evenly. Once it’s charred, transfer it to a Zip-loc bag and seal it up. Allow it to steam for 5 minutes. Using the blade of a knife, scrape off the charred bits and discard. Chop up the chile and discard the seeds and stem. Mince up the chiles and set aside.
  • In a medium pot, add a teaspoon of olive oil. When hot, add the zucchini, yellow squash, green onions and a big pinch of salt. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until the squash is browned, caramelized and soft. Turn off the heat and stir in the garlic. Give the squash a taste and salt it again. I ended up adding about 1/2 teaspoon of additional salt. Stir in reserved minced chiles and cheeses. If the zucchini has been cooking in a pot that’s oven-proof, feel free to transfer it to the oven to bake. Or you can transfer it to an oven-proof ramekin.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the cheese is super melty and the top has browned a bit. Remove from the oven. If the cheese has released a lot of oil (this happens!), take a paper towel and lightly absorb some of the excess oil. Garnish with green onions and serve with tortilla chips. YASSS.
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    Reply Nicole August 22, 2016 at 6:17 am

    WOW this looks INCREDIBLE! I am SO making this this weekend!!

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    Reply Madeline August 22, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Queso fundido is one of my favorite things!!! And hatch green chiles are everywhere right now. I recently added them to some homemade guacamole, and was in love!

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    Reply Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire August 22, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Man oh man, I am like a cartoon character right now salivating everywhere and my eyes bulging two feet from my head look at this. This.is.happening.

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    Reply Mary @ LOVE the secret ingredient August 25, 2016 at 10:09 am

    What a perfect party dish! Just in time before Memorial day weekend! I love offering vegetarian and vegan friends plenty of options during bbq’s and cook out events and this is something anyone and everyone can eat!

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    Reply Jenny @ Freshpresso August 27, 2016 at 4:51 am

    woww. I will definetly want to try this, It is really a party dish. Next month I have my child’s b’day and I will surely make it. Thanks dear.

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    Reply Lori August 31, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    I didn’t know what queso fundido was until 2 weeks ago. I am now a HUGE fan. This looks amazing!

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    Reply ellen@homekitchenary August 14, 2017 at 1:22 am

    HATCH CHILE!! Combination of vegetables and chz !! a healthy recipe. Thanks a lot for it’s introduction to the masses. I have jotted down all the recipe.Hopefully will try sometime…Thanks once again ADRIANNA.

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    Reply Monica September 3, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Looks soooo good! I’m literally mouthwatering right now, going to make this tomorrow! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Reply Sasha March 20, 2018 at 3:42 am

    This dip is amazing. The squash and cheese together gives this queso a flavor burst that I couldn’t get enough of. I will make this for all my holiday parties this year!

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      Reply Adrianna Adarme March 20, 2018 at 8:40 pm

      Isn’t it so good?! We’re lucky that it’s pretty easy to get zucchini–this can be made pretty much year around! 🙂 So glad you loved it!

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    Reply Briana W. Wilson May 18, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Amazing combination, perfect dish definitely gonna try this at home. Love the way you present it. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Reply Clarence wilson May 26, 2018 at 12:25 am

    Amazing combination, perfect dish definitely going to make this some day, thanks for sharing this recipe.

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    Reply Kyle Carter June 4, 2018 at 1:59 am

    It looks yummy! Thanks for sharing!

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    Reply fatoch LO August 20, 2018 at 6:18 am

    Looks soooo good! I’m literally mouthwatering right now, going to make this tomorrow! Thanks for sharing

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    Reply Jenny September 17, 2018 at 7:41 am

    It’s great to have the Hatch Chile Summer Squash Queso Fundido with snacks, our kids will love this delightful dish. I hope you can post more recipes on this exciting and nutritious food. Thank you.

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    Reply MARIA January 29, 2019 at 12:10 am

    5 stars
    It looks yummy!
    Thank you for sharing.
    WIll definitely try.

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    Reply Narina Jeson February 28, 2019 at 10:58 am

    5 stars
    is one of my favorite item. Thank you for sharing this awesome stuff here.

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    Reply Angie September 28, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    5 stars
    That looks yummy. thanks for sharing the recipe

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