Queso Fundido, Spanish for molten cheese, is a delicious Mexican appetizer that can add a bit of flare to any meal. My girlfriend and I always order queso fundido with added chorizo (a spicy Spanish sausage) when we are out at a Mexican restauraunt. After ordering it repeatedly at restaurants (and spending who knows how much) I decided to learn to make it on my own.
Turns out its a really easy recipe to recreate, you simply melt, then broil the cheese and top with the chorizo cooked separately. I’m beginning to question why its so expensive at restaurants!
The recipe below is a fairly simplified version. Feel free to add diced tomatoes, cilantro or sliced jalapeños after broiling to make it really something special! Served with tortilla chips, use it as an appetizer for the Super Bowl or just as a way to spice up a main course. I guarantee it will your new go-to side dish or appetizer!
- Half Block of queso oaxacan (Monterrey Jack can substitute)
- ¼ Pound of chorizo (see note below)
- Olive Oil
- ¼ onion, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, smashed and chopped
- Remove the casing from the chorizo and add to the heated pan on medium heat, cook for a few minutes until browned
- Remove the chorizo, drain the grease from chorizo on a paper towel and set aside
- Add a tsp of olive oil to the pan, heat, and then add the chopped onion and fry for 1 minute
- Quickly add the garlic and fry for 1 more minute, or until both the onion and garlic are soft
- Add back the chorizo and mix in the cooked onion and garlic, set mixture aside
- Shred the Cheese into a oven safe dish
- Set your oven to 400 degrees and cook the cheese for five minutes, or until it starts to bubble
- Immediately broil the cheese for a few more minutes, or until brown spots begin appearing on the cheese.
- Remove the cheese from the oven and add the cooked chorizo mixture
- Serve with fresh chips or flour tortillas and enjoy!
If spicy chorizo is not available spicy Italian can be substituted. If spice is not your thing, any other sausage can be substituted. Trader Joe's Soy Chorizo is a good vegetarian alternative as well.