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Queso Fundido

How to Make Queso Fundido

Queso Fundido is a popular Mexican appetizer or snack known for its melted, gooey cheese and flavorful toppings.

Texture-wise, Queso Fundido typically starts with a base of melted cheese. The cheese used for Queso Fundido is often a combination that melts well, such as Oaxaca cheese, Chihuahua cheese, or a blend of cheese like Monterey Jack and Cheddar. These cheeses create a smooth, creamy texture when melted.

The cheese is melted in a skillet or oven-safe dish until it becomes gooey and slightly bubbly. Sometimes, the melted cheese is flavored with seasonings such as garlic, onions, or spices to enhance its taste.

Toppings are a key element of Queso Fundido. Popular additions may include cooked chorizo (Mexican sausage), sautéed mushrooms, diced peppers, onions, or even strips of cooked steak or chicken. These toppings add a variety of textures—savory, meaty, or crunchy—that complement the creamy melted cheese.

Queso Fundido is often served hot, straight from the skillet or oven, accompanied by warm tortillas or bread for scooping up the melted cheese and toppings. It’s a favorite appetizer at restaurants and gatherings due to its comforting and indulgent nature, offering a blend of melted cheese and flavorful toppings that make for a delightful and satisfying dish in Mexican cuisine.

Key Takeaways

  • Who this meal appeals to: Cheese enthusiasts, party hosts, those looking for a delightful appetizer.
  • Estimated duration: Quick and easy, ready in approximately 20 minutes.
  • Nutrition facts: While it’s not the lightest option, moderation is the key to enjoying this cheesy delight.

About this Recipe

Queso Fundido, translated as “melted cheese,” is a warm and comforting dish that originated in Mexico. It’s a versatile recipe, allowing for variations based on personal preferences. The star of the show is the melted cheese, blended with flavorful ingredients to create a dip that’s both savory and satisfying.

Equipment Required

  • Oven-safe skillet or dish
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Spatula


  • 2 cups Oaxaca cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Chihuahua cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Mexican chorizo, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, finely chopped (seeds removed for less heat)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


  1. Preheat the oven: Set your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Prepare the skillet: Heat vegetable oil in the skillet over medium heat.
  3. Cook chorizo: Add crumbled chorizo to the skillet, cook until browned.
  4. Add aromatics: Stir in chopped onion, garlic, and jalapeño. Cook until onions are translucent.
  5. Incorporate tomatoes: Mix in diced tomatoes and cook briefly until softened.
  6. Cheese blend: Combine Oaxaca and Chihuahua cheese, then sprinkle evenly over the chorizo mixture.
  7. Bake: Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven. Bake until the cheese is fully melted and bubbly.
  8. Serve: Remove from the oven, let it cool slightly, and serve with tortilla chips or warm tortillas.

Side Dishes

  • Fresh salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Sliced radishes and cucumbers

Storage Options

Queso Fundido is best enjoyed fresh, but if you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in the oven for the best results.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Cheese: If Oaxaca or Chihuahua cheese is unavailable, use a blend of Monterey Jack and mozzarella.
  • Chorizo: Substitute with seasoned ground beef or mushrooms for a vegetarian option.

Alternatives to this Meal

For a twist, try Queso Fundido with added grilled shrimp, or go for a smoky flavor by mixing in chipotle peppers.


Queso Fundido is a celebration of cheese that brings warmth and flavor to any gathering. Whether you’re hosting a party or indulging in a cozy night at home, this recipe is a delicious way to satisfy your cravings. Get ready to dip and enjoy the cheesy goodness!