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FROM THE TABLE: Queso Fundido

Feb 15, 2023 03:58PM ● By Ashley Hunter

A fun appetizer that will wow your family and friends! 

I love a good dip...and a hot dip is even better!

This recipe is one I enjoyed years ago when a house guest made it for an appetizer; I love to make it in my cast iron because it keeps it warm even after it is removed from the, I think it looks great in cast iron.

I didn't have enough cheese to make the dip one time, so I combined two cheeses to make sure I had 1 pound.

I loved the texture and taste so much that I always make it with two different kinds of cheeses - Queso Blanco and Monterey Jack are my favorites for this recipe.


1/2 lb. chorizo or hot breakfast sausage

1/2 medium onion, finely chopped

2 small bell peppers, seeded and finely chopped

1 lb. cheese, grated (mozzarella, Monterey jack, Oaxaca or queso blanco cheese)

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1 cup tomatoes, chopped

Cilantro, chopped

Scallions, chopped


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

In a 10" cast iron skillet, crumble sausage and brown.  Remove from skillet, drain on paper towel.  Mix in chili powder. Remove any excess oil from the skillet.  

Add chopped onions and bell peppers and sauté over medium heat until soft.  Remove from pan and combine with the sausage.

Add 1/3 cheese to a 10" cast iron skillet.  Layer 1/2 sausage mixture, then 1/3 cheese, followed by the other 1/2 of the sausage mixture and top with the last 1/3 of the cheese.

Bake for about 5-10 minutes...just until the cheese is melted!  Don't overcook or the cheese will be firm up and be too hard to dip into!

Remove from oven and add chopped tomatoes, chopped scallions and cilantro.  

Serve immediately with tortilla chips or veggie sticks.

The Prepared Table is a kitchen boutique in Bannerman Crossings, working to bring back the love of cooking one kitchen at a time.  Robin, the owner of The Prepared Table, is a hospitality cheerleader and loves to try out new recipes when she shares her table with family, friends and neighbors.