Queso Fundido

I’m all about an appetizer that involves gooey cheese and tortilla chips!  In a pinch, I’ve been known to pop a plate full of chips topped with a good sprinkling of cheddar cheese in the microwave.  This queso fundido (aka melted cheese) takes a simple snack to a whole new level!  This hot bubbly cheese dip loaded with spicy sausage and plenty of veggies was absolutely divine!  Don’t forget to add that fresh dollop of tomatoes and cilantro before serving!

This recipe is definitely best when served immediately after coming from the oven.  You want the cheese to be really hot and gooey.   It is a perfect appetizer/snack for any cheese lover!

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  • 1/2 pound hot breakfast sausage
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1  large or 2 small bell peppers, finely diced (I used red and yellow)
  • 1 pound Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • Sprinkle of chili powder
  • 3 whole Roma tomatoes, diced
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Tortilla chips for serving


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large skillet, cook and crumble the sausage until brown.

Remove from skillet and drain on a paper towel.

Pour off any excess fat. Add onions and bell peppers to the skillet and cook over medium-high heat until the veggies are soft and golden brown.

Remove from heat and set aside.

Place 1/3 of the cheese in an ovenproof skillet. (Mine was a 10″ iron skillet).

Add half the sausage.

Add another third of the cheese, then the veggie mixture.

Add almost all of the remaining cheese, the rest of the sausage, then whatever cheese you have left.

Sprinkle the top very lightly with chili powder.

Build your skillet up so that the ingredients roughly reach the top of the skillet; they’ll shrink quite a bit once the cheese melts.

Place into the oven and start watching after about 4 to 5 minutes.

Bake it until the cheese is totally melted, hot, and slightly bubbling…but before the cheese starts to firm up. You want to eat it very gooey!

Remove from the oven, top with the diced tomatoes and cilantro. Serve immediately with tortilla chips!

Recipe Source:  Pioneer Woman

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