Queso flameado or queso fundido is a Mexican side dish, which is consumed as a dipping sauce with vegetables, bread slices or tortilla chips. The dip is prepared by melting cheese with chorizo and caramelized onions. This is a very simple recipe but it tastes simply awesome.
The melted cheese along with the caramelized onions and the chorizo gives rise to a heavenly combination. This is a staple in many Mexican households but it is also very popularly served in parties and get-togethers.
Difficulty level: Easy
Servings per recipe: 10-12
Time required for preparation: 10-12 minutes
Time required for cooking: 30-35 minutes
1 small baking pan or ramekin
1 sauté pan
1 stirring spoon
½ lb. of chorizo sausage
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 cup of Chihuahua cheese
3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon of unsalted butter
1 cup of queso fresco cheese, crumbled
½ small onion, finely chopped
Salt, to taste
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Method of Cooking
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and then grease the baking pan with 1 teaspoon of butter. Next, take the onion and rinse it thoroughly under water. Pat dry the onion with paper towels and then cut it in half.
Peel off the skin from one of the halves of the onion and then slice it partially along the grain without slicing up to the basal disc. Then make two or three cuts in the onion horizontally and then dice it with a sharp knife. Once done, transfer the diced onion into a bowl and then set it aside.
2. Next, take a sauté pan and place it on the stove. Turn the knob to light up the flame and then set it on medium. Put the remaining butter into the sauté pan and then let the butter melt. Once the butter melts completely, throw-in the diced onions and sauté them for 10 minutes or until they become soft and slightly brown in color.
While the onions are sautéing, take the jalapeño pepper and snap off its tip. Then cut the jalapeño pepper into small pieces. Next, take the garlic and peel off its skin. Mince the garlic and then set it aside.
3. Once the onion is sautéed, add the minced garlic and the chopped jalapeño pepper to the sautéed onion and then season the mixture with a pinch of salt.
After that, take the chorizo and remove the casings from them. Put the chorizo into the sauté pan with the onions and then try to break them into small pieces. You should try to crumble the chorizo as much as you can.
4. Cook the chorizo mixture stirring it occasionally for 10-15 minutes or until the meat is cooked through and turns brown in color. While the chorizo mixture is cooking, take the queso fresco cheese and crumble it with your fingers.
Next, take the Chihuahua cheese and cut it into small cubes. Then take the prepared baking pan and put half of the Chihuahua cheese cubes and half of the crumbled queso fresco cheese in it. Spread the cheese all around the baking pan and then top that with the chorizo mixture.
5. Finally, spread the remaining Chihuahua cheese cubes and the queso fresco cheese over the chorizo mixture and then sprinkle a little bit of ground black pepper and salt on the top. Once done, pop the baking pan into the oven to cook the queso fundido for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese melts completely and turns bubbly. Once done, remove the baking pan from the oven and serve the hot dip with tortilla chips, vegetables or bread slices.