Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Queso Fundido

I was hard at work on my patio last weekend.  It's a small space (thank goodness!) but it was in sad shape.  After digging out the flower bed that had clearly been used as a dumping ground for the remodel contractor, hauling out the dirt, bag by bag, through the front door (we don't have an exterior gate), sanding down the metal trellis, giving it a few coats of spray paint, and planting three beautiful bougainvillea, I was pretty beat. 

I was planning to make a healthy dinner of chicken with tomato-herb pan sauce, but just as I was about to leave for the grocery store, I got a craving and did a check to see if I had chips and salsa on the list.  After such a hard day of work, what was a decidedly unhealthy dinner of chips and dip going to hurt?  So I took the chips and salsa idea and ran with it.  Queso fundido it would be.  I'd been looking for a reason to make it and a long day of yard work seemed just as good as any.

Oh wow, was this yummy.  Ooey, gooey, and so delicious with chips, some college football, and a nice cold beer.  I think I've found just the right motivation I need to get after the rest of the home improvement tasks on my list...

Queso Fundido
adapted from Homesick Texan

1/4-1/2 lb. chorizo (I used 1/2 lb. to make a hearty dinner)
3 c. grated asadero or Muenster cheese
1 c. grated Monterey Jack
1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chiles

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease the bottom of an 8x8 stoneware baker or a medium cast iron skillet.

2.  While oven is heating, crumble chorizo into a skillet and brown over medium heat, about 5 minutes.  

3.  Place cheeses in dish and top with green chiles.  When chorizo is finished, sprinkle over the top using a slotted spoon.

4.  Place in oven and bake until cheese is bubbling, about 15 minutes.  Serve immediately with chips and/or warm corn tortillas.  Serves 4-6 as an appetizer (or 2 very hungry people for dinner).

two years ago: cheese straws made with homemade puff pastry


Pretend Chef said...

Such a good wifey to make this for your hubby. Looks fantastic. I need to make this dip this weekend for the Game Days.

Tina said...

After that hard day, this was a great item to make! I love appetizers like this-they are perfect for anytime really. Thanks for sharing this savory recipe-yum!

That Girl said...

I could (and have) made a meal out of just chips and salsa. This is probably a better choice.

Jessy said...

You had me at chorizo. This looks delicious!

Heather Lynne said...

YOu just made my day with this recipe. In college we would always go to a Mexican place and order this-I love it!

All Things Yummy said...

Whenever we got our for mexican food I always make a meal out of the chips and salsa. Dinner gets wrapped up for lunch the next day.

Becki's Whole Life said...

Oh my - this sounds wonderful and your pics are great! I need to get her cookbook - every recipe I have seen sounds amazing.

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Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather said...

Awwww you're so nice to treat your man after a long day of hard work. This sounds delicious!!

MrsSisler said...

Have you tried Bobby Flay's recipe for Queso Fundido from his Mesa Grill book?? It's SO good! This looks yummy, too

Kelsey said...

Thanks for the tip, Sisler! I love Bobby Flay and have had great success from every Mesa Grill recipe I've made. It's time I brought that cookbook out again!