Monday, September 9

Queso Fundido Dip

This cheesy dip is the perfect game day or fiesta appetizer

Queso Fundido Dip

Football season is back, which means that every Sunday until February is filled with watching the games, morning drinks, and all sorts of game day foods. This year my husband purchased NFL Sunday ticket, which allows us to stream all the games from home, and I couldn't be more thrilled to spend the day watching from our couch rather than at a crowded sports bar. I made some authentic-style queso dip (adapted from this recipe) with two kinds of melted cheese flavored by fresh tomato, onion, and jalapeño. It's so much better than melting down waxy processed cheese and just as easy.

Queso Fundido Dip:
  • Seed, core, and finely dice 1 jalapeño pepper, 1 medium-size tomato, and 1/2 small onion.
  • Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in a small skillet and add in the vegetables.
  • Cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes, or until the vegetables are softened and the onions are translucent.
  • Add in 2 tbsp. tequila* and scrape any bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Let most of the liquid evaporate, then stir in 1 c. grated Monterey Jack cheese and 1 c. grated mild cheddar cheese.
  • Reduce the heat to low and stir until the cheese has melted completely.
  • Sprinkle with a handful of minced cilantro.
  • Serve immediately with tortilla chips, or keep over very low heat until ready to serve.**

Serves two-four
*I used a silver/white tequila.
**If the dip cools too much after you serve it, just warm it over low heat for a few minutes. Or serve it in an insulated dish or fondue pot.