Queso Fundido - Melted Cheese and Chorizo Dip

Queso fundido con chorizo (melted cheese with chorizo)
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  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 servings
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Queso fundido means "melted cheese", but cheese is only one part of the mix in this rich party favorite. Queso fundido is like a spicy fondu, or more like the topping on the best plate of nachos you've ever had. It's a Mexican specialty originally, but it's so good that variations of this dish have migrated to the south and north.

Use fresh, Mexican-style chorizo sausage for this dish, which is crumbles nicely in the skillet. Serve queso fundido with corn chips, tortillas, or thin slices of French bread. You can adjust the spiciness of this dip by choosing a mild salsa or a very spicy one.

What You'll Need

  • 2 chorizo sausages (fresh, uncooked, Mexican-style)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 cup tomato salsa
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/3 cup cream cheese
  • 1 cup Monterey jack cheese (grated; or other melting cheese)
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese (grated)
  • 2-3 green onions (chopped)

How to Make It


  1. Remove the casings from the chorizo sausages. Place 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a heavy skillet and heat on medium. Add the sausage and cook, crumbling it and breaking it into pieces with a spatula, until it is well browned. Remove sausage from skillet and set aside.
  2. Peel and dice the onion. Add another tablespoon of oil to the same skillet. Cook the onion in the skillet over medium heat, stirring, until soft and fragrant. Add the cumin and cook for one minute more. Add the salsa, lower the heat, and cook for 2-3 minutes more.
  1. Remove skillet from heat and stir in the cream cheese until melted and well mixed. Place the onion mixture in a small oven proof casserole. Place the grated cheese on top of the onions, then sprinkle the cooked chorizo on top of the cheese.
  2. Place casserole under the broiler until cheese is melted. Serve queso fundido warm, with tortillas, corn chips, or bread for dipping.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 295
Total Fat 25 g
Saturated Fat 11 g
Unsaturated Fat 11 g
Cholesterol 56 mg
Sodium 469 mg
Carbohydrates 5 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 13 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)