Queso Fundido

Appetizers

Queso Fundido means “molten cheese” in Spanish. This appetizer is super cheesy, full of flavor and super delicious. It consists of baked cheese that’s mixed with softened onions, garlic and peppers. Serve it with crispy chips and a margarita! Yum!skillet of queso fundido topped with chorizo and avocado

I love a good queso fundido. It’s the simplest, most delicious appetizer that couldn’t be easier to throw together.

Why is this recipe for Queso Fundido fire!

I mean, it’s not a tough sell when there’s melted cheese involved. This recipe is super easy to throw together. And it’s kinda flexible; use chorizo, or use soyrizo (the vegetarian alternative). You can either use diced pepper pepper, 1 jalapeño (if you’re into spice) OR you can use canned green chilies (that’s what I used).

ingredients: cheese, chiles, red onions and cilantro

How to Make Queso Fundido

  1. Cook the soyrizo or chorizo. In an oven-proof skillet, remove the sausage from its casing and break it up with a spatula. Cook it until cooked and fragrant, about 4 minutes. Remove it from the skillet and set it aside.
  2. Cook the onions and garlic. Add a few more teaspoons of oil to the skillet and then pour in the onions, garlic and a pinch of salt. And then add the peppers.
  3. Add the chorizo/soyrizo back to the skillet. And mix everything together, placing it in one even layer.
  4. Pour the cheese on top. And spread it out into an even layer.
  5. Add the milk and give it a gentle mix.
  6. Transfer to the oven to bake. This bakes in about 5 minutes so be sure to get your toppings together quickly.
  7. Once it comes out of the oven, top it with the remaining chorizo/soyrizo, some sliced avocado and a sprinkling of cilantro. Yum!

skillet of queso fundido topped with chorizo and avocado

Tips and Tricks

  • Use blocks of cheese vs. pre-shredded cheese. Cheese that is pre-shredded usually is coated in stabilizers in order to prevent clumping. I find that blocks of cheese results in a much cheesier queso fundido.
  • To shred cheese quickly, use a food processor with the cheese grater insert. It grates in literally under 1 minute. It’s amazing. Of course, if you don’t own a food processor, you can use a box grater, too.
  • This recipe goes so quickly, especially toward the end, so be sure to have all of your toppings, drinks and chips prepped and ready.

skillet of queso fundido topped with chorizo and avocado

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Queso Fundido

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Serving Size: 4
Calories: 437kcal
This queso fundido appetizer is super cheesy, full of flavor and super delicious. It consists of baked cheese that’s mixed with softened onions, garlic and peppers. Serve it with crispy chips and a margarita! Yum! 

Ingredients

Olive oil

  • 6 ounces soyrizo OR pork chorizo, removed from casing
  • 1/4 cup red onion, peeled and minced
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1/4 canned green chiles , chopped (OR 1/2 green bell pepper, diced)
  • 8 ounces monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 3 tablespoons milk , optional

Garnish:

  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1 handful cilantro, roughly chopped

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • To a skillet, set over medium heat, cook the soyrizo or chorizo, breaking it up into crumbles until cooked and fragrant. Remove all of it and transfer it to a small bowl. If needed, add a teaspoon or two of olive oil. Next, add the diced red onion and minced garlic to the skillet; add a pinch of salt and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add most of the chorizo/soyrizo back to the skillet (reserving about 1/4 cup for the topping) to the skillet. Mix it all up and spread it into an even layer.
  • Pour in the shredded cheese and milk. Give it a loose mix and spread it into an even layer.
  • Transfer to the oven to bake for 5 to 7 minutes, until cheesy and melty.
  • When it comes out of the oven, top it with the remaining chorizo/soyrizo, avocado and sprinkling of cilantro. Serve with chips.

Notes

Tips and Tricks:
  • Use blocks of cheese vs. pre-shredded cheese. Cheese that is pre-shredded usually is coated in stabilizers in order to prevent clumping. I find that blocks of cheese results in a much cheesier queso fundido.
  • To shred cheese quickly, use a food processor with the cheese grater insert. It grates in literally under 1 minute. It’s amazing. Of course, if you don’t own a food processor, you can use a box grater, too.
Equipment:
Le Creuset Cast Iron Skillet | Food Processor | Box Grater | Measuring Cups | Measuring Spoons
CourseAppetizer
CuisineAmerican, Mexican
Keywordhow to cook queso fundido, how to make queso fundido, queso fundido, what is soyrizo
Calories: 437kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 667mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 874IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 730mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • Reply Trenton Geiss December 2, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    You use Oaxaca cheese that’s what’s best for it

  • Reply karla diaz cano May 25, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    just found your site.

    i’m from mexico and i love queso con chorizo!

  • Reply Erin @ The Speckled Palate February 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I didn’t realize the Super Bowl was last weekend until last Thursday. … Oops? And I’m a football fan… just someone who didn’t follow either team or necessarily like NFL stuff to begin with. So there’s that.

    This looks absolutely delightful. I’ve been missing white cheese dip in my life, and the addition of chorizo looks heavenly. Definitely making this for our next house party!

  • Reply Culinary USA February 4, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Ok its midnight and this recipe has me drooling. Time to go to the 24/7 store and pick up some ingredients…

  • Reply Bettina February 4, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Totally pinning this, I love me so good queso fundido!

  • Reply Amanda February 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    I made this tonight for a super bowl party and it was a total HIT! Soo good. Doubled the recipe. It was gobbled up and talked about later at the end of the game. Thanks!!!

    • Reply Adrianna February 4, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      I love this!

  • Reply a farmer in the dell February 3, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    I’m not watching the game, but this sure as heck sounds like a winner! I need chorizo right about now!

  • Reply Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs February 3, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Adrianna, this looks heavenly! Perfect for the game tonight. YUM!

  • Reply miss foodie fab February 3, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    My goodness, this looks so good. I love cheese and anything Mexican inspired. Yum!

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