Queso Fundido with Chorizo

in Appetizers

So…confession: as of two days ago I had no idea who was playing at the Super Bowl. I mean, it’s not that I hate football, no. I grew up with a football-loving/screaming dad and a brother who plays in those fantasy leagues that I have yet to understand, so I get it. It’s just that I, personally, could sort of care less. And I kind of don’t care about the commercials either, because now they debut them a week before the Super Bowl on YouTube and I don’t even watch them there either.

But it’s cool, you know, because the biggest perk and only attraction to this Sunday’s event is DHEM snacks! Who doesn’t love snacks?! I mean…

Game day food is my ultimate love. Ultimate! Chicken Wings? Hello! Yes. Pretzel tots? I love them. (Please make these!) And this melty, cheesy, chorizo-ey bowl of goodness is epic. Ep-ic.

Cheese Dip with Chorizo

Queso Fundido is sort of a Tex-Mex situation. Some people say it’s actually from El Paso, while others report that it was a campfire-type dish people made as they were crossing the border from Mexico to the US and vice-a-versa. That story sounds pretty legit since this can be made in one pot, if needed.

This cheese is cheesy! stringy! spicy! flavorful! Totally amazing…

I love frying my own tortilla chips because I find it cheaper and most often times, tastier. And just like my pasta, I like my tortilla chips sort of al dente, too; half crispy and sort of chewy. I’m strange.

But seriously, there’s nothing better than frying your own tortilla chips at home and sprinkling them with awesome sea salt.

I did this in a small saucepan with about 2 inches of vegetable oil. If you’re wanting to do this too, I’d recommend doing this step before making the fundido. Also, if you hate frying, like the rest of the world, just buy ‘em. It’s fine.

So, here are a few things about this recipe.

This melty cheese will seize if it’s left out for more than 10 minutes. If you have a fondue dish (with a warmer you can place underneath it), you’ll be all good. But this really should be served and consumed immediately. The plus side to this is that you can put this whole thing together and then reheat it right before you need it.

I know this method to be true because right after I took pictures of this cheesy, amazingness, I placed this cast iron bowl over the stove and remelted it. I then proceeded to stand in my kitchen and consume the entire batch. I called it lunch so it was ok.

Cheese Dip with Chorizo

And just in case you were wondering, I’m rooting for the Chicago Bulls.

Juuuuust kidding. (Sorta.) BYE.

Cheese Dip with Chorizo

Queso Fundido with Chorizo

Print this recipe!

Olive oil
5 ounces pork chorizo, casing removed
1/4 cup minced red onion (about 1/4 onion)
2 serrano peppers, minced (if you’re adverse to spice, scale it down to 1 pepper)
1 garlic clove, minced
8 ounces Monterey Jack, shredded
2 tablespoons whole milk

Garnish:
1/2 avocado, sliced
1 handful cilantro, roughly chopped

1. In a small pan, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-heat. Add the chorizo and cook for 2-3 minutes. Pour the chorizo through a strainer, reserving the chorizo oil. Set both aside.

2. In a separate small pan, add the 1 teaspoon of olive oil and minced onion; cook for 2-3 minutes, until onions are barely translucent. Add the serrano pepper and garlic clove and cook until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Pour in the milk and cheese, continuously stirring until cheese is melty, about 2 minutes. Transfer the cheese mixture to a serving bowl and top with the crumbled chorizo, few teaspoons of chorizo oil (if you like), avocado and cilantro.

3. Serve and eat immediately with tortilla chips.

Serves 2-4 as an appetizer (Feel free to double it!)

{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

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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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!

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

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

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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.

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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.

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cindy February 1, 2013 at 11:53 am

exactly! bonus if there are fireworks.

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Tina February 1, 2013 at 6:18 am

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

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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!

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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.

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Laura C February 1, 2013 at 8:17 am

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

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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.

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

I am completely falling apart right now.

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

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

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Adrianna February 1, 2013 at 9:18 am

NEVER!

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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!

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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. ;)

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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

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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.

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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!

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Kelsey L February 1, 2013 at 9:16 am

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

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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 :)

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TheFoodGospelAccordingtoRuth February 1, 2013 at 9:19 am

I have made something similar to this before and it was a huge hit!!! Yours looks amazing!

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Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie February 1, 2013 at 9:34 am

A restaurant in town has the best queso fundido that looks exactly like this, so I must try it!

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dyan February 1, 2013 at 9:53 am

That looks belly satisfying. Adding this to my menu, pronto! Thanks

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Emily@ Totes Delishy February 1, 2013 at 10:14 am

I now have a reason to watch the Super Bowl. Although I would much rather eat the whole bowl in the privacy of my own bed watching trashy reality tv marathons.

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Heather P. February 1, 2013 at 10:39 am

This recipe sounds yummy! I have grown to love avocados over the past year, so every time I see them I get excited. Seeing cheese also makes me very happy…put the two together and I’m sold!

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Megan @ Cioccolato Etc. February 1, 2013 at 11:23 am

I only realized the Super Bowl was happening when my dad invited me to watch it with him last week… While I cannot understand football, I go for the tasty food. We have the traditional superbowl food (chili, cornbread, beer) but we also have some not-so-traditional foods (foie gras, prosciutto, ciabatta).

Maybe I’ll make this and bring it over, just so I can have some!

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Lauren Bux February 1, 2013 at 11:50 am

Oh girl, I hear you on not being in the loop about the Super Bowl – I asked my hubby a couple days ago if he wanted to think about having a party for the Super Bowl and he laughed and pointed out that its THIS WEEKEND. DUOH! I only thought about it coming up because I was stoked about the foods that accompany the parties – all about the social aspect of the occasion!

This looks incredible by the way! I made something like this for my Mexican Fiesta-themed New Years party, but your recipe looks to be a little easier and a lot more gooey than the one I used. Oh, and I totally admire you for eating the pot of it while standing at the stove. You’re a girl after my own heart <3 :)

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Eileen February 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm

People know who’s playing at the Super Bowl?? I wouldn’t know except for living in the bay area, and even then, I don’t know who the 49ers are playing…so. In any case, chorizo and melty cheese with chips sound like a perfect snack!

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Michelle February 1, 2013 at 12:25 pm

I STILL don’t know who is playing in the Super Bowl! BUT I do know that I want to eat this queso!

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Michelle February 1, 2013 at 12:30 pm

The only reason I’m going to my parents’ for the ‘bowl is the food. I won’t even look at the TV, I’m sure. Too busy gorging.

I’ve had your pretzel tots bookmarked forever. I should definitely make them!

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Katie @ Blonde Ambition February 1, 2013 at 2:50 pm

I definitely don’t care for football (I’m only into the Super Bowl for the food + commercials + Beyonce), but it’s kind of impossible to avoid it in Norcal since the 49ers are in it this year!

I love love love chorizo. And cheese. So I’m with you on the whole this-should-be-lunch thing :)

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Jayne February 1, 2013 at 7:20 pm

I’m not even from the US and I’m kinda excited over the many game snack recipes popping up all over the internet. This cheese fondue thing is right up my alley. I’m not sure we can get Jack cheese here. Is mozzarella a viable substitution?

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Adrianna February 1, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Mozzarella would be a great substitute! It’s all about using a cheese that’s melty and stringy. :)

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Christina @ The Beautiful Balance February 1, 2013 at 7:35 pm

LOVE queso fundido (minus the meat) and I’m lactose intolerant! This is a great snack for the Superbowl :)

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Little Kitchie February 2, 2013 at 5:17 am

I cannot NOT make this. Looks INSANE!

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Kait @ ChickadeeSays February 3, 2013 at 12:33 pm

This looks amazing! I make queso really similar to this one but have never fried my own tortilla chips. That will be happening ASAP. Thanks for the tip!

xx Kait

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

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

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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!

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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!!!

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Adrianna February 4, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I love this!

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Bettina February 4, 2013 at 6:23 pm

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

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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…

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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!

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

just found your site.

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

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Trenton Geiss December 2, 2013 at 10:29 pm

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

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