Queso Fundido

Queso Fundito | browneyedbaker.com #recipe #CincodeMayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Are you celebrating today by drowning yourself in chips, salsa and guacamole? Maybe a margarita or two? All perfectly good options, I think. If you’re in a festive mood, but are unsure of what to make, check out my Cinco de Mayo roundup from last week, or… make queso fundido!

I can’t believe that it took until I was 33 years old to discover queso fundido. I mean, it’s a big pan of melted cheese with spicy sausage… How could this have not been on my radar sooner?

Queso Fundito | browneyedbaker.com #recipe #CincodeMayo

It so happened that Ree and Gaby made this within a week of each other prior to the Super Bowl this year and I became obsessed with it. Traditionally, this is actually a flambéed dish (fancy!), believe it or not. I found a ton of different variations on this dish, and I finally threw together my own spin, complete with spicy chorizo sausage, jalapeños, and three different types of cheese. Pile it all into a cast iron skillet, bake it, then dig into the ooey, gooey, spicy cheesiness.

Grab a big bag of chips… you’re going to need them! Cheers!

Queso Fundito | browneyedbaker.com #recipe #CincodeMayo

One year ago: Chocolate Pavlova with Mascarpone and Raspberries
Two years ago: Mint Julep Jello Shots
Three years ago: Margarita Cupcakes
Four years ago: Cinnamon Raisin Walnut Bread
Five years ago: Three Cheese Beer Bread

Queso Fundido

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

A fabulous appetizer with layers of ooey, gooey cheese and spicy chorizo sausage.


8 ounces chorizo sausage, casings removed
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
4 ounces pepper jack cheese, shredded
Cilantro, to garnish
Tortilla chips, for serving


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. 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.

3. 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, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the sausage back to the pan, stirring to combine with the onion mixture.

4. In an 8-inch cast iron skillet, place ¼ of the shredded cheese, then layer with one-third of of the sausage mixture. Repeat twice more, then top with the remaining shredded cheese. Place in the oven and bake until the cheese is completely melted and bubbly. (Be careful not to over-bake, as the cheese will become firm on top and it will be difficult to scoop it out with chips!) Sprinkle with cilantro and serve immediately with your favorite tortilla chips.


23 Responses to “Queso Fundido”

  1. sara on May 5, 2014 at 1:06 am

    YUM. This looks incredible!!


  2. Anisa from The Macadames on May 5, 2014 at 2:52 am

    Great recipe – thanks for sharing! This may sound silly but what is Cinco de Mayo?


    • Michelle on May 12th, 2014 at 10:32 am

      Hi Anisa, May 5th is celebrated in the U.S. and Mexico and is related to both the American Civil War and a battle related to the French occupation of Mexico. You can get the full background here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinco_de_Mayo


  3. Alyssa @ My Sequined Life on May 5, 2014 at 3:04 am

    Ooooh, I can’t think of many ways I’d like to celebrate Cinco de Mayo more than eating as much cheese as humanly possible and indulging in chorizo. This looks incredible!


  4. Ellen Clifford on May 5, 2014 at 4:34 am

    Queso. That is all I needed to hear;)


  5. Laura @ Raise Your Garden on May 5, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I read once that the two things that women absolutely can’t resist are chocolate and cheese.

    And when I look at the dip, I know exactly why that is!

    Getting my Cinco de Mayo party hat out right now =)


  6. Amelia on May 5, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Hi, I am not sure that means Queso Fundito but if you intention was say it in Spanish is “Queso Fundido” 😉


    • Betty G on May 5th, 2014 at 10:47 am

      I was going to post the same thing.
      Feliz Día 😀


  7. Lisa @ SimplePairings on May 5, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Fabulous! I’m a huge fan of chorizo – I think it just has so much flavor that it rarely disappoints. I think it would be so wonderful in this cheese dip!


  8. Averie @ Averie Cooks on May 5, 2014 at 8:03 am

    That dip with the melty gooey cheese shot…I want the whole thing right now! Pinned!


  9. Linda on May 5, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Would rather have it with hamburger meat.


  10. KATHLEEN on May 5, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Wow–that looks so good. It’s only morning here and I just finished my cereal, but I would love to have some of that right now!! I am definitely putting this on my recipe “To Do” list for very soon–thanks so much for sharing :)l


  11. Michael R. on May 5, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    If I could make one suggestion – switch out the sharp cheddar with mild cheddar; Its smoother texture will make for a creamier/less oily texture. It will also melt faster.
    🙂 Mike


  12. Kaysha Comfort on May 5, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Ummm…I want to swim in this vat of cheese and meat! I’m doing a cleanse right now to eliminate food allergies, but the second I’m done…I’m celebrating, well I don’t knowI’ll make something up…but I’m making this and not sharing it with anyone! wow! This looks so yummy!

    Thank you for sharing!
    That Comfort Girl


  13. Vicki on May 5, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Just made this! Easy and awesome! Thanks!


  14. dispack on May 5, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Did you announce a winner in the Nature Box Giveaway?


  15. marcie on May 5, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Happy Cinco de Mayo! This dip looks amazing, and I’d completely make a meal out of it with a cold margarita or Pacifico with lime. 🙂


  16. Mir on May 5, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    I love the fact that this is so much better than the processed version! It looks incredible!


  17. Renee Hedden on May 6, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Made this recipe last night for Cinco de Mayo. Delicious! My hubby was in love -thank you for a great recipe.


  18. Laura Dembowski on May 6, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I’ve never had queso fundido but it certainly sounds like I’ve been missing out.


  19. EZFIX on May 9, 2014 at 12:04 am

    That quejo fundido looks so tasty and pretty!!


  20. Renee @ Awesome on $20 on May 11, 2014 at 2:40 am

    Wow, I don’t think I’ve had this before, either. Thanks for saving me from a life without queso fundido.


  21. Lorraine Pollachek on January 28, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    Sorry, not only have I eaten Queso Fundido in Mexico, but that’s where I had it the very first time, almost thirty years ago. I believe you are incorrect to say this is “traditionally” flambeed because I have NEVER seen it flambeed. I serve it with tortillas instead of chips because that’s the way it was served in Mexico.


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