Queso fundido– a Mexican cheese dip in a skillet, is a warm, gooey and delicious appetizer. A perfect dip for tortilla chips, veggie sticks and even on fresh bolillo bread!
About This Queso Fundido Dip Recipe
I love to host sports watch parties with good food that’s easy to make ahead. That way, when people come over I can spend time with my friends and not worry about prepping in the kitchen.
Plus, people like to be able to come and go at the food table depending on how the game is going- which is always unpredictable.
During the 2014 World Cup, Costa Rica made it to the quarter-finals (thanks in part to our phenomenal goalkeeper Keylor Navas) and it was the furthest any Costa Rican team had ever made it in the FIFA World Cup. Nos tiramos pa’ la calle para celebrar!
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Since we’ve been in Costa Rica for the last five FIFA World Cup tournaments, we are a bit sad that we won’t be watching the games in Costa Rica.
That’s because celebrating soccer is the absolute biggest deal in Costa Rica- oftentimes work and school is canceled on game days, liquor laws are changed in the event that games start outside of normal vending hours, and EVERYONE wears the red white and blue to cheer on the team. Talk about pura vida!
So for the 2018 World Cup watch parties I thought it would be fun to do an ooey-gooey queso fundido recipe this year.
Vegetarian Queso Fundido Recipe
Ingredients (printable recipe below)
- olive oil
- chopped onion
- garlic, pressed
- Monterrey Jack cheese
- Oaxacan cheese (or may substitute shredded mozzarella)
- Jalapeno slices (optional)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet on medium-high heat . Finely chop the onion and press the garlic. Add the onions and garlic to the pan, stirring occasionally until fragrant, then remove from the heat.
Grate the mozzarella cheese and pull apart the Oaxacan cheese and add to the skillet. Mix well and put into the oven. Bake until cheese is melted, bubbling and golden on top, or about 15 minutes. Serve hot with warm flour or corn tortillas.
Shredded mozzarella will work in place of Oaxacan cheese, and you can substitute milder poblano pepper slices for garnishes if jalapenos are too strong. In Colorado, we love to add roasted green chili to the top!
You can also use queso quesadilla- really any kind of cheese that melts well works in here, but white cheese is most traditional.
Some people make an onion and pepper mixture and then layer the cheese on top. A lot of people slice up Mexican chorizos and add them to the middle. You can also do a chorizo mixture with onions and peppers.
You can put everything into a glass baking dish and bake if you prefer.
I couldn’t help but make my two favorite homemade salsas- salsa verde cremosa and my spicy chile del arbol salsa recipe. These were absolutely delicious when I put them on top of the queso fundido and rolled them up in a warm tortilla (in Mexico it’s traditional to use flour tortillas). In Costa Rica, we call this a gallo de queso- ¡demasiado rico!
I garnished my queso fundido with jalapeno slices, but those can certainly be omitted if they aren’t your thing. Pico de gallo, cilantro sprigs, and sour cream are great toppers as well! Though it will no longer be vegetarian, for a more traditional queso fundido, you can add chopped chorizo.
Translated from the original Spanish, queso fundido means “melted cheese.”
Though it’s absolutely delicious, queso fundido isn’t known for its health benefits! It does tend to have a high fat and cholesterol content, so it’s best enjoyed in moderation.
Queso fundido is pronounced: Kay-soh foon-dee-doh.
What To Serve With Queso Fundido
I couldn’t help but make my two favorite homemade salsas- salsa verde cremosa and my spicy chile del arbol salsa recipe. These were absolutely delicious when I put them on top of the queso fundido and rolled them up in a warm tortilla. In Costa Rica, we call this a gallo de queso- ¡demasiado rico!
Once the queso came out of the oven it was GAME ON- listos para la fiesta! I garnished with a few jalapeño slices for fun and put everything on the table near the game so that we wouldn’t miss a thing. Add some fun soccer-themed plates, napkins, glasses and of course country flags- perfect FIFA World Cup soccer party!
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Printable Queso Fundido Recipe
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 tbsp chopped onion
- 1 clove garlic, pressed
- 1 tbsp salt
- 2 cups shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
- 1 package Oaxacan cheese (or may substitute shredded mozzarella)
- Jalapeno slices for serving (optional)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Heat olive oil over medium heat in a 10-inch iron skillet until the skillet is warmed up.
- Finely chop the onion and press the garlic, adding them to the pan and sautéeing until fragrant, then remove from the heat.
- Grate the mozzarella cheese and pull apart the Oaxacan cheese and add to the skillet. Mix well and put into the oven.
- Bake until cheese is melted, bubbling and golden on top, or about 15 minutes. Serve hot with warm flour or corn tortillas.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 1095mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g
Please double-check this information with your favorite nutrition calculator.