Jalapeño Queso Fundido

Jalapeno Queso FundidoSo, I thought yesterday was Friday. Like ALL DAY. It’s seriously the worst when someone tells you it’s not Friday when you’re planning on sleeping in on Saturday. I live for sleep these days. My trainer was the one to break the news to me and I legitimately almost cried. Partly because of the Friday thing and partly because I had to finish my leg workout with squats. Squats are the worst. Wahhhhhh.

But on the bright side, I got my cheat meal for the week. So, Thursday’s are good for something!  By the way, fried chicken and pie is the bomb. Just sayin’.

Speaking of cheat meals: I’ve been having melty cheese day dreams on every other day but Thursday. Funny how that works. I finally did something about it and made this Jalapeño Queso Fundido. Did you know Queso Fundido is just melted cheese. Like, literally. Melt some cheese in a pan and that’s Queso Fundido. It’s seriously the best thing ever…plus ready to eat in a snap. And if you accidentally get the edges a little brown, you get crispy cheese! My favorite guilty pleasure in all the world.

Make this and people will love you.

My 5 year old was in heaven. “Whoa, it’s so cheesy Mom!!!”

My husband pretty much licked this pan clean. {Sorry honey, but it’s true.} So that means there’s a high probability that you will also lick this pan clean.

Are you salivating yet? Ok ok, FINE. I’ll tell you how to make it:

IMG_0004Chop up some jalapeños. That should sort of be a given. If you want a spicier dip, chop them not too small. I don’t like a whole lotta spice so I cut them suuuuper thin. I’m such a baby.IMG_0006Also cut up a little onion….IMG_0008…and grate some sharp cheddar cheese. Also not pictured: grated jack cheese {only 1/4 cup.} IMG_0009So, here’s the deal: sauté the onions and jalapeños until soft and tender…add in salt and pepper too. Then take the pan off the heat and melt in your cheeses gently. And just like that, your queso fundido is done. IMG_0033You’re gonna want to serve it asap because the stringy cheesy hot goodness lasts only about 10 minutes. Then you’ll have to reheat it again to get the magic back. But I highly doubt you’ll need to reheat it because odds are, it’ll be gone in no time!

Make it this weekend! Enjoy, friends!


Jalapeño Queso Fundido

Yield: 4 servings

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup finely diced yellow onion
  • 1 jalapeño finely diced or sliced plus more for garnish, if desired
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 2 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated jack cheese {or mozzarella}
  • cilantro, for garnish


  1. In small cast iron skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute onions and jalapeños with salt and pepper until tender and brown. Remove hot skillet from heat and stir in cheeses to melt. Top with cilantro and more jalapeños is desired. Serve immediately.

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  1. That looks great and it’s indeed so easy to make!

  2. You’re sure know how to make a girl hungry. Look at that cheese!


  4. Yummmmm ~makin’ this for sure. 🙂

  5. Well, I need that immediately.

  6. This looks beyond amazing…and I just love saying “fundido”!

  7. I’ve been looking for a recipe like this forever. It will be my new addiction!

  8. Any suggestions for slow cooking this?



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