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Queso Fundido (Melted Cheese with Chorizo) in a cast iron skillet.

Queso Fundido (Melted Cheese with Chorizo)

A recipe for Queso Fundido- Mexican chorizo, onion, and garlic are paired with melty Oaxaca cheese for a delicious and easy appetizer. 
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword appetizer, cheese, chorizo, meat, Mexican, Mexico, pork, queso
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 Servings


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 6 ounces (170 grams) fresh Mexican chorizo
  • 12 ounces (340 grams) Oaxaca or Monterey cheese
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro
  • Roasted salsa for serving
  • Flour tortillas or tortilla chips for serving


  • Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C). In an 8 inch (20 cm) oven-safe skillet, drizzle the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened. Stir in the garlic and cook until just fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • If in sausage form, remove the chorizo from the casing and crumble into the pan. Cook, stirring often and breaking apart the pieces, until heated through, about 7 minutes.
  • Drain excess fat from the skillet and remove a couple of tablespoons of the chorizo to a plate to save for garnish. Spread the chorizo left in the pan in a thin layer and evenly top with the shredded cheese.
  • Transfer the pan to the preheated oven. Bake just until the cheese is melted and starting to bubble, 10-12 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with cilantro and reserved chorizo. Serve hot with salsa and tortillas/tortilla chips.