Queso Fundido con Chorizo Verde y Rajas (Melted Cheese with Green Chorizo and Roasted Pepper Strips)

This stringy cheese and peppery melt is a great way to use up leftover tortillas.

Queso Fundido con Chorizo Verde y Rajas (Melted Cheese with Green Chorizo and Roasted Pepper Strips)

About This Recipe

Yield:Serves 4 to 6 as an appetizer
Active time:30 minutes
Total time:30 minutss


  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup finely minced cilantro
  • 1 serrano or jalapeño pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, grated on a microplane grater
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 12 ounces grated queso quesadilla, Jack, or Oaxacan string cheese.
  • Warm tortillas or chips for serving


  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook poblano pepper directly over an open gas flame until charred on all sides, about 10 minutes. Alternatively, cook under a broiler preheated to high, turning occasionally until charred on all sides. Transfer to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rest 10 minutes, then peel and discard skin. Slit in half with a sharp chefs knife and discard seeds and stem. Cut flesh into 1/4-inch-wide strips and set aside.

  2. 2

    Combine half of pepper with salt, cilantro, jalapeño, and garlic and transfer to the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth paste is formed, then transfer to a medium bowl. Add pork and massage with hands until fully combined.

  3. 3

    Cook pork mixture in a nonstick or cast iron skillet over medium high heat, stirring anid breaking up meat occasionally until fully cooked and browned in spots. Transfer to a clean bowl. Add cheese and reserved pepper strips and toss to combine. Transfer mixture to a gratin dish, a small cast iron skillet, or a casuals, and bake until cheese is melted and bubbly and just beginning to brown in spots. Serve immediately with warm tortillas or chips.

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