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Chorizo Dip Queso Fundido [+ Video]

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Every year, this queso fundido recipe grows even more popular on our site. This chorizo dip is the best dip you’ll ever make and is our favorite appetizer!

Whether you are looking for an irresistible dip for gameday or a new appetizer for New Years Eve, this recipe is a must! It is creamy, flavorful and the chorizo adds the most delicious flavor and heat.

What is Queso Fundido?

It is a melted cheese dip, kind of like a fondue.

a photo of a small cast iron skillet full of golden bubbly queso fundido with a pile of cooked chorizo in the middle.

Queso Fundido Ingredients

This Mexican queso dip recipe uses just five ingredients. How amazing is that? Here’s everything we used in this spicy chorizo dip: 

  • Shredded Mozzarella 
  • Shredded Queso Quesadilla Cheese
  • Garlic 
  • Chorizo
  • Tortilla Chips (for serving)

The measurements needed for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

How to Make Queso Fundido 

Just empty half the package of chorizo into a skillet with one minced garlic clove and cook for about 5 minutes.

Easy, right? And because of the kinds of cheese that we use they literally melt down perfectly just like a dip. It’s awesome! Just use the fine grater for cheese and grate mozzarella and queso quesadilla. Pile it up in a ceramic dish or cast iron skillet and place it in the oven.

Once it’s all melty, scoop the chorizo onto the top and serve immediately. And by serve, I mean hide in the corner and stuff as much as you can into your face before your family discovers you and wants some.

a photo of someone scooping up some chorizo dip queso fundido with a tortilla chip.

Tips for Making Queso Fundido 

  • Make sure to buy the best quality cheese you can afford. The cheese is the star of this dip, so you don’t want to skimp out and buy the cheapest kind at the store. Note that if you cannot find oaxaca or queso quesadilla, just use chihuahua cheese (which you can find in most stores now including Costco) or Monterey jack cheese.
  • Also, make sure to buy ground chorizo and not the kind that comes in a log. It’s typically sold in the meat section of the grocery store.
  • Lastly, this chorizo cheese dip is best enjoyed immediately. Melted cheese tends to harden quickly, so be sure to gobble this stuff up ASAP!

a photo of a small cast iron skillet full of bubbly golden melted cheese dip topped with a scoop of spicy chorizo in the middle.

How This Mexican Queso Fundido Came to Be

We went to Glorias in downtown Salt Lake City and the food was delicious. My absolute favorite part, as I tend to loooove dips, was the chorizo dip. I don’t know exactly how they make it, but I do know that my version of chorizo cheese dip, or queso fundido, is equally delicious.

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It’s all thanks to one very special ingredient, Queso Quesadilla Cheese by Cacique. Most of our grocery stores carry it by the international foods (by the meat usually) or in the normal cheese section. It melts down perfectly and has a nice creamy, buttery flavor. You could also use oaxaca cheese, but that one is harder for me to get my little hands on.

I am always a little shocked when someone hasn’t tried chorizo. It’s the best stuff ever because it’s ready in like 5 minutes and it has a ton of flavor without doing a darn thing. It can be spicy, so I tend to buy the milder one, but I am also a bonafide wimp. The real deal. I cannot handle spicy well at all.

a photo of someone using a tortilla chip to scoop up a big bite of chorizo queso fundido.

What to Serve with Queso Fundido

Homemade queso pairs well with just about anything you can think of! A few of our favorite things to pair with this chorizo cheese dip are: 

  • Tortilla chips
  • Roasted fingerling potatoes 
  • Doritos 
  • Potato chips
  • Toasted bread

I know some of the foods listed about aren’t traditionally served with Mexican queso dip, but I figured I’d share them all since they taste so good! 

How Do You Reheat Queso Fundido?

You can microwave individual servings with just a drop of milk.

Warm a skillet over medium heat and stir until melted, adding a little milk to make it creamy.

 

I bet you never knew that making a sensational cheesy chorizo dip could be so easy! Your next gathering needs this queso fundido! It will have everyone talking and asking for the recipe.

 

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a photo of a small cast iron skillet full of golden bubbly queso fundido with a pile of cooked chorizo in the middle.

Chorizo Dip Queso Fundido

4.34 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Every year, this queso fundido recipe grows even more popular on our site. This chorizo dip is the best dip you'll ever make and is our favorite appetizer!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded queso quesadilla cheese (or oaxaca), see note
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 8 ounces chorizo
  • tortilla chips , for dipping

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to broil.
  • In a medium-sized skillet over medium heat, add the chorizo and garlic and cook through, about 5 minutes.
  • Drain and set aside.
  • In a small cast iron skillet or ceramic dish, add the cheese and broil until melted.
  • Top with drained chorizo and serve immediately with chips.

Notes

  • If you cannot find oaxaca or queso quesadilla, just use chihuahua cheese or Monterey jack cheese.
Dip will keep for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
Chorizo Dip Queso Fundido
Amount Per Serving (2 tablespoons)
Calories 175 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 460mg20%
Potassium 10mg0%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 157IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 226mg23%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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64 comments

  • Can I just use a stainless steel skillet?

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    • Sure! We just prefer the way a cast iron cooks, but you can definitely use what you have.

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  • I made this exactly as directed (I used Oaxaca cheese) and the texture was all wrong. It was impossible to dip into – more like one giant glob of cheese, and any chip in it would break off . You had to kind of cut a piece off and put it on the chip, and then the taste was chewy. Not like real queso at all 🙁 

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    • This is not supposed to be like a Velveeta dip In fact, when I make it or have it at a Mexican restaurant I actually do use a knife to cut a piece off and roll it up in a warm tortilla. Pure heaven!

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      • Thanks for the feedback, Tess!

  • I just wanted to say thanks for an awesome recipe!!  I tend to go overboard so I use more chorizo and garlic, I also add one can of diced green chili’s. I serve on  flour tortillas and top with homemade pico.   So good!  I’ve made this 4 times now after coming across your fab recipe a couple months ago!

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    • That sounds amazing!!! I love that you added green chilis, I hadn’t even thought of that!

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  • Looks delicious!! Would the work with cacique asadero cheese and Monterrey jack? That’s all I have on hand.

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    • It totally does!

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  • Dips are irresistible, this one included. I like the mix of cheeses, not the usual suspects. Sounds delicious!

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    • Thank you so much!

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  • Queso fundido is not a new idea, Mexicans have been doing this since we started making cheese.

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    • Nope, not a new idea at all. 🙂 Did someone say that and I missed it?

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  • Thanks for a great recipe! We came on some bumps the first time, but it still tasted good! I’m linking this page off of my blog page, and just want to give you credit where credit is due! 🙂

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    • Thank you so much!

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  • I tried this, and I used to exactly quesadilla cheese you used and mot just like it says, and it wouldn’t belt down… it was just lumpy and would start to get rubbery the second it cooled a little. I don’t understand!! 🙁

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    • Sorry for my inability to type! That was crazy!

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    • Hi Jenn,
      Boy I’m not sure what happened. We makethis all the time and while it wont by like a cheese sauce it shouldn’t be rubbery at all. I would wonder if the cheese wasn’t as fresh.

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      • I don’t know!! Haha I got the brand of cheese you suggested same day and used it.

  • This looks amazing! We usually only have access to Cacique’s Queso Fresco. Do you recommend using that or Mont Jack?

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    • Hi Lauren,
      I would probably use a mozzarella and monterey jack combo. Unfortunately queso fresco wont melt down the same.

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  • I remember that day so well – it was so nice to meet you in person!

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    • And now I have a fundido obsession! Come back so we can do it again!

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  • Oh wow, does this dip sound amazing!! I’m drooling over here 🙂

    • Lyuba, thank you so much!

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  • Can’t wait to try this! What kind of chorizo does it call for? Mexican or Portuguese?

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    • Mexican. 🙂 Is there a Portuguese? My husband lived in Brazil and never mentioned it! I’ll have to look now!

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  • Made this and it was fantastic! Could you suggest what I could add to keep it more creamy and less stringy as it cools down? Possibly half and half or cream cheese? Thank you!

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    • You could certainly make it into an actual dip with cream cheese and bake it in the oven, but fundidio is meant to be eaten hot and stringy. Also, if you put it in a deeper dish that will keep more heat instead of the flat dish which cools off quicker. 🙂

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  • For Eleanola in the UK,
    Just use the whole or sliced chorico and chop it in a food processor.
    You will be able to make it whatever size you like.
    Hope this is helpful to you.

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    • Arthur, fantastic idea!

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  • Want to sign up for your newsletter but was notified you were blocked. not real tech savy. Try to get through please. Thanks so much.

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  • i have only seen chorizo as a whole or sliced sausage. are you talking about a ground meat product?

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    • Yes, many meat sections will carry a ground chorizo and that is what we use. 🙂

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      • Thanks. Haven’t seen ground over here in the UK, but will look for it in specialist shops.

  • Try it with Soyriso a Tofu version of Choriso. It has all the samegreat flavors but so much better for you. I have found it at Walmart in the fresh veggie section and also at Trader Joes.

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  • I love chorizo! This looks so yummy!

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    • Me too!! Love the stuff!!

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  • ohhh this looks and sounds amazing. I love chorizo and queso fundido–mmmmm!

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  • This sounds incredible! Love how easy it is, too!

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    • I can’t believe it worked out so well. Now we can do it anytime!

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  • Chorizo and queso are the ultimate. I love them dearly!

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    • Gosh, me too!! I just looooove them!

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  • This is amazing. Love all those flavors. I’ve wanted to try to make this before. Your recipe sounds easy and very good. Perfect for the Super Bowl party. We’re hosting a party at Tumbleweed Contessa and I’d love it if you linked this to the party. It would be a hit!

    Have a Super week,
    Linda

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  • I make chorizo empanadas that are make-ya-cry good, so I’m all over this dip.

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    • I’ve been dying for a good chorizo empanada recipe. Are you able to share it?? 🙂

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    • that sounds amazing!! I will have to try empanadas now!

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      • Wondering….was the empanadas recipe shared?

      • Hi Angel,
        I’m not sure what empanadas recipe you’re speaking of.

      • The one right above our comments. Mindy and Laura mentioned on a Jan 27th.

  • Lovveeee fundido!! Especially fundido with chorizo. I’ve made it a few times and have NEVER thought to just put the shredded cheese directly into the skilled. So smart!

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    • Seriously the easiest ever! I wasn’t even sure if it would work, but oh yum!

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  • cheese and spice, my two greatest weaknesses! lol this looks amazing, a great addition to your super bowl dip roundup!

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    • Thanks Christine!

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  • Queso holds a special place in my heart and this looks amazing!

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    • oh gosh, mine too lady!

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  • Oh my I love all of the ingredients in this dish but have never combined them. Definitely trying this dip out.

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    • do it girl. THen text me the result.

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  • I’ve loved queso fundido since I had it at Frieda’s Bistro. Your looks fantastic.

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    • Wasn’t that the best ever?! I want their exact recipe!

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  • This looks like an incredible party snack!

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    • It was over the top yum!

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  • 3 steps, 2 kinds of cheese AND chorizo? This is my kind of dip! Pinned!

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    • yay!! Wahoo for easy and crazy cheesy!!

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