Is it possible to go wrong with a big plate of melted cheese and a bowl of tortilla chips?  No, I really don’t think so.  With the Super Bowl coming up, I figured some people might be interested in game day foods and so I decided to test this recipe out just for you.  It was hard work, I tell ya.  You’re welcome.

The great thing about this recipe is that it is highly adaptable.  You can play around with the types of cheese you use, the level of spice, and maybe even add some meat.  I thought about adding some chorizo and totally regret not doing it.  I absolutely will next time.  And next time may be soon, because Ben has been asking about this almost every day since we first had it.  I would recommend using at least half or more Mexican melting cheese (such as Chihuahua, quesadilla or asadero).  I may have been distracted by the toddler in my shopping cart and ended up with less melting-friendly cheeses, but we still had no trouble devouring this.  The tequila is of course optional, but I enjoyed the flavor it provided.  And hey, if you’ve already got the tequila out, you might as well make margaritas right?  Cheers!


  • 1 tbsp. olive or canola oil
  • 1 tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large jalapeño or 2 large serranos, seeded and diced
  • 3 tbsp. tequila
  • 8 oz. Mexican melting cheese (or part Monterey Jack or cheddar)
  • ½ cup loosely packed cilantro, chopped


  • 01

    Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the tomato, onion, and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion begins to soften and brown, about 7 minutes.  Add the tequila and cook, stirring, until reduced to a glaze.

  • 02

    Sprinkle in the cheese.  Stir slowly and constantly until just melted.  Serve immediately in a warm dish.  Sprinkle with the cilantro.  Enjoy with tortilla chips.

  • Looks great- reminds me of queso blanco, a bit!

  • Tenille @ My Family Table

    This looks great! I’ll save this recipe for when the Aussie football season starts :-)

  • I could eat this RIGHT NOW!

  • Sarah Bulmer

    Hmmm…I might just have to make this to go with those black bean burgers. Margarites would be the perfect drink, and luckily I’ve got the tequila. Thank you for another great recipe. :)

  • I always love queso fundido when we order it at restaurants, but never think to make it at home. This looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

  • This looks wonderful! I don’t know if we can ever go wrong with queso!

  • I love to see a dish like this using real cheese instead of velveeta or some other cheese “product”. This sounds basically like a Mexican fondue (what with the addition of alcohol)… which sounds fantastic!

  • AneleatSuccessAlongtheWeigh

    Is it wrong I want to roll around in this and have visions of swimming in queso rivers with tortillas foot fins? Yes? Ignore that.

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Oh dear me! Lovely, just lovely.

  • Simple yet fabulous. Beats the heck out of Rotel and Velveeta!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hey, what kind of plug in are you using for your indexing?

  • oh cheese, how i love thee…. looks fantastic! and i vote yes on the chorizo. queso fundido is how my love affair for chorizo began!

  • Anonymous

    Hi Chris,
    Unfortunately it’s not a plug-in but a custom-built index by my wonderful design and coding team. It was the only way to get what we wanted :)

  • Wendi

    That’s right our New England Patriots are coming your way!! This will be perfect for the game. Thank you!

  • I love queso fundido from a local place in town. But they put chiorzo in theirs too. Love this!

  • Makes my heart go pitter patter. Mmm. I cannot wait to try this one. Interesting with no milk, butter or flour…and sounds so much easier to whip up than recipes that require those ingredients. As always, you inspire!

  • Perfect! I love that you put tequila in it, hehe. I would love to indulge in this for the game, although I don’t know who I will be rooting for because unfortunately, my niners didn’t make it :( This dip will be the perfect consolation, haha!

    BTW I’m taking my MCAT on Saturday! I thought I would tell you b/c I know you did at one point, too. SOLIDARITY! ;)

  • Angie R.

    This looks yummy!

    My husband used to order this when we would go to a Mexican restaurant, but when they brought it out they would pour alcohol (he said Everclear) on top and then set it on fire and mix it up while it was on fire. I’m wondering if you couldn’t do the same with the tequila, but then I don’t know if it would do the glaze you mentioned. And of course I really don’t want to have to pull out the fire extinguisher!

  • Anonymous

    Dude, I did not know you were med school bound! (Or if I did, I have since forgotten.) Good luck! I’m sure you’ll do great.

  • Thank you Annie! I am just going to try my best!

  • Kyle

    If I were to add chorizo like you had mentioned, I would do so in the browning of the onion phase… Right? Sorry if it seems like a silly question, I’m just learning my way in the kitchen! :)

  • Misty Lynn

    This looks really good…but my comments rarely make it past moderation, so I’m probably just writing to myself again.

  • I was just thinking how crazy your city is about to get in a week or so! This looks great. The only version I’ve had of this (Cook’s Illustrated’s) had chorizo, and it was amazing. Love the presentation! Those little skillets are the cutest.

  • Elizabeth Ann

    Looks incredible! :-) Thanks for sharing! :-) I pinned it!

  • Anonymous

    I am a queso head. Love this!

  • Anonymous

    Yep, that’s correct. I would probably cook the chorizo first, transfer it to another dish, proceed with the recipe as directed, and then stir in the chorizo at the end. Enjoy!

  • I want this now. With chorizo, please! :-)

  • Oh yum! This looks amazing and easy!!!

  • I don’t think you can go wrong with melted cheese either, unless is is burnt I guess. This sounds sooo good I could eat the whole thing!

  • The Hungry Housewife

    I could probably eat the whole bowl of this dip!!!

  • beckiswholelife

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with this dip…I like that you really did it all from scratch. And I definitely definitely like the addition of tequila!

  • Fran

    Yes, gearing up for the Super Bowl and our beloved Pats! The queso will be perfect with my margaritas, the best ever–easy and delicious. Go Pats!!

  • Anonymous

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with this dip…I like that you really did it all from scratch. And I definitely definitely like the addition of tequila!

  • Britton Edwards

    Oh my gosh I love this!! Rick Bayless is also on the Macy’s Culinary Council. He makes a killer dip!

  • analucía

    i love love love your website and your recipes….but as a mexican i have to say, if you want to to mexican queso fundido, it’s with white cheese, always. chihuahua is the best. otherwise, it’s just american cheddar dip.

  • Anonymous

    I made no claims that this was the most authentic queso recipe ever. It’s just a recipe I like, as with everything else I post here. I believe there are many ways to do things in the kitchen, and certainly not just one “right” way. If people want to use a cheese other than a classic Mexican cheese, it’s certainly no crime.

  • Sweettoothduo

    This was so easy, so fantastic and smooth! Now, the only problem I have is that I was dipping my chips in salsa-all healthy. Now, I am doomed!! But, alas, it is oh so good!

  • Tara

    Annie, we just made this tonight and it was out.standing.

  • annieseats


  • This was such a hit! Thank you!