Queso Fundido with Chorizo

Queso Fundido, which you might know as queso flameado, is a bubbling dish of melted white cheese, such as Monterey Jack or Oaxaca. You just throw some cheese, jalapeños, and cooked chorizo into a skillet, pop it into the oven for a few minutes and you have an oozing, satisfying snack.

Queso Fundido with Chorizo

The cheesy goodness of queso fundido is hard to beat. Queso Fundido translation is “melted cheese” for cheese lovers this dish is "perfection". This dish is also referred to as queso flameado (the flambéed version made with liquor) and is served as an appetizer in many restaurants throughout Mexico.

Queso Fundido is said to originate in the borderlands of northern Mexico and the southwestern United States, as a campfire dish. Traditionally, queso fundido is usually made with Asadero,  Manchego, or Chihuahua cheeses in Mexico but you can substitute with Monterey Jack, Mozzarella, or Oaxaca cheeses.

We like to make tacos out of this recipe, but you can absolutely also serve it dip-style with chips if you like. Queso fundido is a classic Mexican appetizer that can be eaten with warm tortillas or tortilla chips.

Queso Fundido

Our Queso Fundido recipe includes:

  • Mexican Chorizo - Pork, or Beef, (soy chorizo for meat-free)
  • Cheese - Monterey Jack, and Oaxaca 
  • Chiles- Green chiles and jalapeño are what I use for this recipe, but poblano strips (rajas) are what I use for Queso Fundido tacos.
  • Onion- white onion, a red onion can be used

    Queso Fundido with Chorizo

    Here are a few types of cheese we recommend for making Queso Fundido (any combination will work):

  • Queso Asadero
  • Chihuahua
  • Panela
  • Mozzarella
  • Queso Quesadilla

  • How do you Make Queso Fundido with Chorizo:

  • In a medium skillet, cook the chorizo over medium heat, breaking it up as it cooks, until completely browned. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

  • Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the grease and add the onion, and jalapeños to the pan, and cook over medium heat until softened for about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the chorizo and diced green chiles to the pan, stirring to combine with the onion mixture.

  • Place the chorizo mixture in an oven-proof dish or cast-iron skillet, setting aside 2 tablespoons to garnish when ready to serve.

  • Place the grated cheese over the chorizo and bake for about 10-12 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbling. Do not overcook or it will have a chewy texture.

  • How to Eat Queso Fundido with Chorizo

  • Traditionally queso fundido is eaten with tortilla chips or flour tortillas

  • Queso fundido tacos and delicious cheese-filled corn tortillas topped with salsa are to die for!

  • Hamburger topped with queso fundido

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