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!

  • Yield about 6 servings


  • 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.