Queso Fundido Colorado

Colorado sauce made from smoky peppers adds a kick to this meatless queso fundido recipe. Serve it hot with plenty of warm tortillas for dipping!

Colorado sauce made from smoky peppers adds a kick to this meatless queso fundido recipe. Serve it hot with plenty of tortillas and chips for dipping!

This is a sponsored post

Cheese is what my dreams are made of. I just can’t get enough of the stuff lately!

I didn’t encounter a lot of cheese dishes when I was in China, so when I got back last week I went on something of a cheese binge in order to get my fix.

Colorado sauce made from smoky peppers adds a kick to this meatless queso fundido recipe. Serve it hot with plenty of tortillas and chips for dipping!

That’s how things like Queso Fundido Colorado come into existence.

I absolutely adore Colorado sauce – so much so that I already shared my favorite recipe with you over in this post from a few years back. I feel like that sauce just hasn’t gotten enough love or attention in my life, so I figured I should introduce it to melty cheese. (<–cheese logic)

Colorado sauce made from smoky peppers adds a kick to this meatless queso fundido recipe. Serve it hot with plenty of tortillas and chips for dipping!

To make this incredible appetizer, you’ll start by making the sauce. Save about 3/4 cup of it for the queso fundido, then put the rest in a mason jar and save for awesome huevos rancheros or enchiladas.

Next, saute some onions in an oven-safe pan. I used what I call my “curry” pan, which is cast iron –> you can grab one here from Amazon.

Then layer the pan with onions, Colorado sauce, and cheese. Bake until bubbly and toasty, then drizzle with a bit of extra sauce before you top it with cilantro and tomatoes.

Colorado sauce made from smoky peppers adds a kick to this meatless queso fundido recipe. Serve it hot with plenty of tortillas and chips for dipping!

I love serving this with warm flour tortillas. I find the the best way to make them “scoopable” is to fold them in half twice to make a triangle.

Colorado sauce made from smoky peppers adds a kick to this meatless queso fundido recipe. Serve it hot with plenty of tortillas and chips for dipping!

This is a dish best served hot and bubbly – I’ve never really *loved* the results I’ve gotten when I’ve tried to re-heat it. I guess you’ll just have to eat it all in one sitting. What a pity.

Pin this to Pinterest and Share with Your Friends:

Colorado sauce made from smoky peppers adds a kick to this meatless queso fundido recipe. Serve it hot with plenty of tortillas and chips for dipping!

Here’s the Recipe!

Queso Fundido Colorado

Queso Fundido Colorado

Colorado sauce made from smoky peppers adds a kick to this meatless queso fundido recipe. Serve it hot with plenty of tortillas and chips for dipping!

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

For the Colorado Sauce:

  • 4 dried New Mexico chili peppers
  • 2 dried Ancho chili peppers
  • 1 dried Chipotle chili pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons dried Mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8 cup grapeseed or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups vegetable or mushroom broth

For the Queso Fundido:

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 3/4 cup Colorado sauce, divided
  • 8 ounces shredded Monterrey jack cheese
  • 8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup diced ripe tomato
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 package Old El Paso™ Burrito-Size Flour Tortillas

Instructions

    For the Colorado Sauce:

    1. While wearing hand protection, remove the stems and seeds from all of the chili peppers and tear them into small pieces. Wash hands thoroughly. Fill a bowl with hot water and soak the chili pepper pieces for 10-15 minutes, until soft. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of the soaking water.
    2. Transfer the soaked peppers to the bowl of a blender and add the garlic, oregano, cumin, coriander, oil, and salt. Pulse the blender a few times, and then add in the broth and reserved soaking water. Puree until liquefied.
    3. Place a large sauté pan over medium-heat on your stove top. Holding a fine mesh sieve over the top of the pan, pour the contents of the blender through the sieve to strain out any remaining solids. Discard solids.
    4. Bring the sauce to a soft boil; reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until the consistency of Enchilada sauce. Set aside 3/4 cup for the Fundido recipe; store remaining sauce in the fridge for 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

    For the Queso Fundido:

    1. Preheat the oven to 375° Fahrenheit. Heat the vegetable oil in a medium oven-safe skillet set over medium heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add the diced onion and sauté for 4-6 minutes or until lightly browned. Scoop out half of the onion and set aside. Drizzle in 1/4 cup of the Colorado sauce over the remaining onions in the pan. Top with half of the shredded Monterrey cheese and half of the shredded mozzarella cheese.
    2. Scatter the reserved onions over the top of the cheese in the pan and drizzle with another 1/4 cup of Colorado sauce. Top with remaining cheese.
    3. Bake, uncovered, in the preheated oven for 12-18 minutes, until cheese is bubble and brown. Pour the remaining 1/4 cup of Colorado sauce over the top and garnish with the tomatoes and cilantro. Serve with warm tortillas for scooping.

    Notes

    For a quick and easy version, swap the Colorado sauce for Old El Paso™ Mild Red Enchilada Sauce. Tasty!
    For extra flavor, toast the tortillas in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat for 30-60 seconds per side. Fold into quarters and serve warm.

    Nutrition

    Yield:

    6

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 521|Total Fat: 32g|Saturated Fat: 14g|Trans Fat: 1g|Unsaturated Fat: 15g|Cholesterol: 67mg|Sodium: 1362mg|Carbohydrates: 36g|Fiber: 7g|Sugar: 9g|Protein: 25g|

    Nutrition information has been auto-calculated for your convenience.

    Recommended Products

    As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

    Did you make this recipe?

    Take a picture and tag @thewanderlustkitchen on Instagram and hashtag it #thewanderlustkitchen. We can't wait to see your version!

     

    Today’s recipe is sponsored by the wonderful people over at Old El Paso. Thank you for supporting the brands that support The Wanderlust Kitchen!

    March 16, 2016 | Last Updated on April 21, 2021 by Linda

    1 thought on “Queso Fundido Colorado”

    Leave a Comment

    Sign Up for Email Updates

    Get a Free eCookbook with our Top 25 Recipes

    Skip to Recipe