Saturday, August 6, 2011

Queso Fundido!

Queso Fundido is a delicous, melted cheese appetizer.  I've been playing around with devising my own recipe and I think I've finally come up with "my recipe"!  Here it is, I hope you give it a try and enjoy it as much as we did (even my pickiest eater enjoyed this one):

approx. 1 lb Chorizo (I found bulk Chorizo at my local grocery store)
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
8 oz. Queso Quesadilla Cheese (cheddar, aged monterey jack or pepper jack would be good too), grated
1/2 large or 1 small onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 tbls sour cream
juice of 1 lime

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a cast-iron (or oven-proof) skillet brown the Chorizo.  Add the chopped onion and bell pepper & saute until Chorizo is browned and the onions are transparent.  Cut cream cheese into chunks and add to chorizo, veggie mixture.  Turn off eat and allow to sit for about 1 minute.  Stir until cream cheese is well combined with chorizo mixture.  Add grated cheese, sour cream and the lime juice and stir until all is well blended (it's ok if the cheese hasn't melted fully).  Place skillet in preheated oven and bake about 10-15 minutes until cheese is bubbly (I like it a bit browned on top too).  Serve hot with tortilla chips.

The chorizo added just enough spice for our family, but if you prefer it spicier you could certainly add a couple of hot jalapeno or other hot peppers.  I have made Queso without chorizo and that is tasty too!