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Tequila Infused Queso Fundido

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Author Rick Bayless


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large ripe tomato cored, seeded, and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 medium white onion cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 large jalapeno stemmed, seeded (optional), and finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons silver tequila
  • 8 ounces Queso Quesadilla shredded
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped


  1. Heat oil in a large, 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.

  2. Add the tomato, onion, and chiles, and cook. Stir almost constantly until the onions begin to soften and brown, about 7 minutes.

  3. Add the tequila and cook quickly, stirring, until liquid is nearly reduced to a glaze.

  4. Reduce the heat to medium-low, sprinkle the cheese evenly over the vegetables and stir slowly and constantly until just melted – too long over the heat and the cheese will become tough, oily and stringy.

  5. Scoop queso into a warm dish, sprinkle with cilantro, and serve right away. We like dipping chips in this queso, but it's also great over tacos. You can even add a little fire-roasted salsa to the queso and mix it in. YUM!

Recipe Notes

If you can't find large jalapenos - you can use 2 small jalapenos or 2 large serrano peppers.