A drool-worth appetizer, this choriqueso recipe is a cheesy paradise. Gooey, melted cheese topped with crisped Mexican chorizo and caramelized onions and peppers. Serve with tortilla chips or warm tortillas for an epic game day or holiday dip.
“Kate,” you may be thinking, “What is a good appetizer I can make this holiday season?” Good question, my friend! And I have the perfect answer for you.
Choriqueso is the appetizer we all want the most this holiday season (or any season). It’s quick, easy, and incredibly delicious. Melty, tangy cheese topped with browned chorizo and sautéed onions, poblano peppers, and garlic.
The flavor is insane. Served hot and luscious with crunchy tortilla chips. It is the perfect dish for holiday entertaining and always a crowd favorite!
If you’ve ever made queso fundido or queso flameado (or had it at a Mexican restaurant) this is very similar.
It is a Mexican melted cheese dip topped with savory chorizo. My recipe takes it a step further and is a combination of chorizo, onions, peppers, and garlic. It is made with just a few simple ingredients and is one of my favorite recipes for entertaining.
What Kind Of Chorizo Should I Use?
For this recipe you will need Mexican chorizo. In Mexico, chorizo is a fresh sausage that is flavored with paprika, chiles, and sometimes even cinnamon.
Don’t use Spanish chorizo. This is a dried, cured sausage and is a completely different thing.
Chorizo comes in many styles. Look for spicy chorizo sausage if you’d like it hot. I like to use pork chorizo for this recipe but you can also use beef chorizo or even soyrizo if you are vegetarian.
Want to take it a step further? Make your own homemade chorizo! It is actually fairly easy and tastes amazing.
See recipe card for exact amounts.
- Mexican style chorizo.
- White onion
- Poblano pepper or other chili peppers if you want it spicier
- Kosher salt
- Monterey Jack cheese or another type of cheese that melts well like mozzarella cheeses
- Oaxaca cheese or other Mexican cheeses like queso asadero or queso chihuahua
- Sour cream or heavy cream. I like to use sour cream for extra creaminess and tang. Heavy cream will help the cheese from separating and give it a thinner consistency.
- Fresh cilantro
- Tortilla chips for serving
- Warm flour tortillas. If you want to make it more of a meal, serve with tortillas instead of chips and spoon the choriqueso into the tortillas.
How To Make This Recipe (Step-by-Step Instructions With Pictures)
Cook the chorizo. Brown 5 ounces of chorizo over medium heat in a large cast-iron skillet or other nonstick pan. Break into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon. Remove to a plate lined with paper towels with a slotted spoon. Leave any excess fat in the pan.
Cook the vegetables. Increase to medium-high heat and add the onions, poblano, and garlic to the pan with the leftover fat from the chorizo. Cook until caramelized and brown. Spoon into a bowl and wipe out the pan.
Melt the cheese. Add the Monterrey Jack cheese, queso Oaxaca, and sour cream to the pan. Cook over low heat until completely melted, about 5-7 minutes. Stir continuously to melt evenly.
Top with garnishes. Spoon the cooked chorizo mixture over the cheese then sprinkle the caramelized veggies over the top. Top with fresh cilantro.
Serve. Place the pan on the table and enjoy right away with tortilla chips or warm corn tortillas and hot sauce if you’d like. You could also spoon into individual serving dishes if you prefer.
*CHEF’S TIP: Choriqueso needs to be eaten right away. It will get gloppy as it cools. You can reheat it in a low oven (300°F) until melted again or transfer it to a small slow cooker to keep warm.
What Cheese Goes With Chorizo
For this choriqueso recipe you want to use cheese that melts easily. Cheeses like cheddar may taste good but they won’t be as melty as queso Oaxaca, asadero cheese, Monterey Jack, or Mozzarella.
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