Best Queso Fundido Recipe

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Hands down the Best Queso Fundido recipe! An Ooey-gooey, bubbly dip made of melted cheese, sausage and peppers. It’s a super easy party dip that’s all made in one skillet.

chip in queso fundido dip

When this sizzling skillet of cheesy, meaty goodness hits the table it won’t be around for long! This is a crowd pleasing dip packed with tex mex flavors, perfect for movie night, game night, any night!

How To Make This Queso Fundido Recipe – Step By Step

  1. In a large, oven-safe (to 400°F) skillet, crumble and brown the sausage over medium heat. Add kosher salt and black pepper; stir well. Then transfer the sausage to a medium-sized mixing bowl and discard all except 2 tablespoons rendered sausage fat.
  2. Add onion and jalapeno pepper and cook until softened. Add garlic. Remove the skillet from the heat and deglaze the skillet with the tequila (if using); stir well. Add the onion mixture to the sausage, stir well and set aside.
  3. Spread 1/3 of the cheese into the skillet then top with ½ of the sausage mixture.Repeat with 1/3 layer of cheese and top with the remaining sausage mixture. Sprinkle the remaining 1/3 cheese on top.
  4. Bake until cheese is bubbly, then remove from the oven and top with chopped tomatoes and cilantro. Sprinkle with the crumbled Queso Fresco cheese. Set a small bowl of chili seasoning nearby in case someone wants a little extra flavor.

prep montage of filling skillet

pulling a chip up from the queso fundido dip

Can I Make Queso Fundido Ahead Of Time?

You can prep the Queso Fundido to the point of assembling then stop right before you are supposed to put it in the oven.  Instead, cover the cheese dip with foil and refrigerate until ready to serve.  When its go time, simply pop the dip in the oven.  You will need to add an extra 5 minutes or so of baking time.

Queso Fundido – A One Skillet Dish

This Queso Fundido recipe is an easy and delicious party dip, whipped up in just one skillet. Perfect for easy game day snacking!

overhead shot of dip

chip with dip on it

What Kinds Of Cheeses Are Best For Queso Fundido?

The most common cheeses used in authentic, queso fundido are Asadero, Manchego and Chihuahua cheeses. These cheeses are hard to find outside of Mexico. Oaxaca is a staple of Mexico, especially in the state it is named after. It is often called “quesillo,” as it is the most abundantly used cheese for things like quesadillas and dishes that call for melted cheese.

All of these cheeses have in common a mildness of flavor and a stringy texture when melted. Oaxaca is common enough that you should be able to find it at your local supermarket or Latin grocery store. If you can’t find Oaxaca or any of the others, Mozzarella and Muenster are similar enough that they can be used as substitutes. If you like a sharper flavor, you can try adding a half a cup of sharp, white cheddar to the mix.

top down shot of queso fundido dip

close up of chip with dip on it

Top Tips For This Queso Fundido Recipe

  • When taking out of the oven wrap the hot handle of the skillet with a kitchen towel to avoid any burns.
  • Don’t overbake. I can’t emphasize this enough, so I’m saying it again. We want melty, bubbly cheese so it stays gooey and not hard on top.
  • If you don’s have a cast iron skillet. You can also make this dish in a regular baking dish. Cook sausage, onion,  and peppers as directed in the recipe using a regular skillet. Stir in the cheeses and transfer all of this to an un-greased small baking dish like a 7×11 pan, 2 quart casserole dish, or even a pie plate.
  • Serve with Tortilla chips (or try our Homemade Wonton Chips!)

chip with dip on it above skillet of queso fundido

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