Queso Fundido (Melted Cheese and Chorizo) Dip

Queso fundido con chorizo (melted cheese with chorizo)

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
295 Calories
25g Fat
5g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 295
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 11g 57%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 469mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 13g
Calcium 229mg 18%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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 fondue, 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.


  • 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 to 3 green onions (chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Remove the casings from the chorizo sausages.

  3. 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.

  4. Remove sausage from skillet and set aside.

  5. Peel and dice the onion.

  6. Add another tablespoon of oil to the same skillet. Cook the onion in the skillet over medium heat, stirring, until soft and fragrant.

  7. Add the cumin and cook for one minute more.

  8. Add the salsa, lower the heat, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more.

  9. Remove skillet from heat and stir in the cream cheese until melted and well mixed.

  10. Place the onion mixture in a small ovenproof casserole dish. Place the grated cheese on top of the onions, then sprinkle the cooked chorizo on top of the cheese.

  11. Place casserole under the broiler until cheese is melted.

  12. Serve queso fundido warm, with tortillas, corn chips, or bread for dipping. Enjoy!

Glass Bakeware Warning

Do not use glass bakeware when broiling or when a recipe calls to add liquid to a hot pan, as glass may explode. Even if it states oven-safe or heat resistant, tempered glass products can, and do, break occasionally.