Need a new appetizer for a party or game day to snack on? This Queso Fundido is favorite of mine and it’s made and served in the same dish or skillet. Melted cheese gets topped with spicy sausage, sautéed vegetables and smokey chiles are scattered on top.
What is Queso Fundido?
In Spanish it translates to melted cheese.
Queso Fundido is a hot cheese dip, a fondue of sorts, made with using several cheeses like Monterey and Pepper Jack, spicy chorizo sausage and sliced onions and poblano peppers.
It can be made in a cast iron skillet to go from oven to the party table. Spicy and smokey pork chorizo sausage is browned in the pan with sliced onions and poblano chile pepper.
Chunks of cheese like my favorite, Monterey Jack and Pepper Jack and white cheddar are laid on the bottom of the skillet or serving dish (it goes in the oven) and the crispy chorizo, onions and poblano are spread on top then baked to a gooey, bubbly cheese appetizer.
I think cutting the cheese into cubes as opposed to shredding it keeps the amount of oil released down and the cheese holds together better and doesn’t separate. We eat with our eyes and a greasy puddle isn’t something I find appetizing.
I made this the other weekend when we had friends over and served it with Crispy Beef Flautas, some of these Stuffed Shishito Peppers, fresh Pico de Gallo, Roasted Tomato Salsa and some Tex Mex Hot Corn Dip. It was a tasty feast!
As you can see I baked and served it in my pie baking stone (see below), but a cast iron skillet works, too.
Another option is to scoop this over some browned chicken, it’s incredible! Elevates an appetizer to a main course dinner. Enjoy!
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 large poblano chile seeded and cut into thin strips
- 1 medium yellow onion sliced thin
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 8 oz chorizo sausage removed from casing
- 4 oz Monterey Jack cheese cubed (See Note 1)
- 4 oz Pepper Jack cheese cubed
- 4 oz White Cheddar cheese cubed
- Tortilla chips
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a cast iron skillet or frying pan over medium high heat add the oil. Heat for a minute and add the sliced poblano, onion, salt, garlic powder and cook for 3 minutes before adding the chorizo sausage. Brown all for about 5 minutes more.
- If very oily, depending on sausage, drain sausage and vegetable mixture. Remove from pan and set aside.
- Cube cheese(s) and place on bottom of the skillet or oven ready pie baking dish. Top with sausage vegetable mixture and bake for 10 minutes. Cheese should be melted and bubbling. Serve with tortilla chips.
- Traditionally, to keep this authentic, if you can find queso de Oaxaca use 12 ounces of that instead of the 3 different cheeses listed here. It's a firm Mexican cheese that is slightly salty and melts similar to mozzarella.