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 Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes February 1, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I want to make this for super bowl! I will definitely double it…looks like it will go fast 🙂

  • Reply Kelsey L February 1, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Oh goodness! This just looks so delicious. I absolutely love the addition of avocado. Brilliant!

  • Reply JaKenna February 1, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Hi Adrianna! I hope you’re well 🙂 I love this recipe, but do you have any recommendations for a veggie option? Maybe mushrooms instead of chorizo? Thanks for your help!

    Love,
    JaKenna

    • Reply Adrianna February 1, 2013 at 9:17 am

      Oooo I think mushrooms would be great! You could also add some vegetables if you like, cubes of squash or zucchini. Or you could simply just leave out the chorizo. It’s cheese and serrano peppers and onions–it’ll still tastes awesome.

      • Reply JaKenna February 1, 2013 at 9:21 am

        Hehe you’re right. Cheese and peppers. What more could a girl ask for during a semi-interesting sporting event. Full disclosure: I didn’t know who was playing until a few days ago 🙂 Thanks for your yummy suggestions!

  • Reply joelle (on a pink typewriter) February 1, 2013 at 8:58 am

    This looks like fun in a bowl. Good thing today is the last day of my Paleo challenge. 😉

  • Reply Mary @ The Kitchen Paper February 1, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Err.. I still have no idea who is playing the super bowl. But I DO know that this looks freaking amazing and I’m going to have to try it ASAP. Perhaps if I get wrangled into watching the game (please no) I’ll just sit around eating this instead. Sounds like a good solution!

  • Reply Kim @ Soliloquy Of Food & Such February 1, 2013 at 8:46 am

    I coud just eat that with a spoon…(don’t judge me)

    • Reply Adrianna February 1, 2013 at 9:18 am

      NEVER!

  • Reply Bev @ Bev Cooks February 1, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I am completely falling apart right now.

  • Reply Laura C February 1, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Do you think serving in a slow-cooker would allow this to stay meltier longer?

    • Reply Adrianna February 1, 2013 at 9:07 am

      Yes totally! This serves about 2-4 as an appetizer so just keep that in mind. Feel free to double it for a crowd.

  • Reply Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough February 1, 2013 at 6:51 am

    That photo of the cheeeeeese! I love it so much I want to lick my computer screen.

    Also, I’m rooting for the Bulls, too. Totally.

  • Reply Jenn @ Icing on the Cake February 1, 2013 at 6:34 am

    This sounds amazing. I love chorizo. And cheese. And peppers. And garlic. Looks like I will be making this!

  • Reply Tina February 1, 2013 at 6:18 am

    This is perfection! Chorizo oh my!! Soooo making this 🙂 happy weekend love ❤

  • Reply cindy February 1, 2013 at 5:43 am

    I don’t really ever want to watch commercials or any sport…unless it’s baseball at a stadium, in which case I’m there for the beer and hot dogs anyway. I’m that person talking through the game, grazing on snacks, sipping all the booze.

    What I always want though…is a lake of melted cheese. You’re the best.

    • Reply Adrianna February 1, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Oh I’m so into going to a ball game. Beer and hot dogs and being outside? So awesome.

      • Reply cindy February 1, 2013 at 11:53 am

        exactly! bonus if there are fireworks.

  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan February 1, 2013 at 5:38 am

    Yum yum yum! I’ll take this for lunch anyday!

  • Reply Mandie @ Oh So Decadent February 1, 2013 at 4:47 am

    Anything with chorizo is instantly perfection in my eyes, plus in a cheesy dip form it sounds beyond delicious! Definitely making this as my go-to dip!

  • Reply Jess February 1, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Haha, we can’t even watch the game here, but we WILL be making snacks. I just found some amazing Monterey Jack chese (miracle of all miracles), and can’t wait to try this – wherever queso fundido comes from, it’s my weakness at mexican (tex mex?) restaurants.

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