Artichoke Queso Blanco + VIDEO

Hands holding skillet of queso blanco next to two bottles of wine.

Shake things up at your next get together with this cheesy Artichoke Queso Blanco. Jalapeno peppers and chorizo give it a spicy kick, while the artichoke hearts are the perfect unexpected addition, in this melty, ooey-gooey cheese dip.

Shake things up at your next get together with this cheesy Artichoke Queso Blanco. Jalapeno peppers and chorizo give it a spicy kick, while the artichoke hearts are the perfect unexpected addition, in this melty, ooey-gooey cheese dip.

Our favorite Mexican joint, Chez José, is constantly inspiring me with their innovative Mexican dishes. Think butternut squash enchiladas and calabacitas. They’ve also got an out of this world Spicy Pineapple Margarita, which inspired this recipe.

Although I can’t ever seem to convince myself to order anything other than my favorite dish on the menu (Chipotle Honey Camarones), I’ve been eyeing their Artichoke Heart Tamales for quite some time now, and it got me thinking, why not add artichoke hearts to a queso blanco dip?

I mean, who doesn’t love artichoke hearts?

It seems like artichoke dip is always the first to go at potlucks. Which means it’s obviously a popular option. And, as much as I love artichoke dip, I feel like it’s a bit overdone. Let’s shake things up a bit.

This Artichoke Queso Blanco is way more fun.

Melty cheddar cheese, jalapeno peppers and spicy chorizo mingle together perfectly with those otherwise mellow artichoke hearts. It’s shockingly delicious.

Ingredients for artichoke queso blanco.

I like to serve this queso blanco right out of a large cast iron skillet. But, you could also make it in a casserole dish, or make individual portions using these mini cast iron skillets. Serve it with some baked tortilla chips for dipping and you’re ready to go.

One last thing though… You can’t forget the wine!

I chose to serve this Artichoke Queso Blanco with a couple bottles of Spain’s finest wine, Rioja. I love how food-friendly the wines of Rioja are. Tempranillo from Rioja’s cool growing conditions produce elegant wines that are fruity and well-balanced with a bright acidity.

Plus, did you know that Rioja is the only wine region in the world that doesn’t release any of its wines until they’re ready to drink? That makes it extra simple to pick a great bottle from the store. So grab a bottle, or two, and test out this great pairing for yourself!

Hand holding glass of rioja wine next to queso.

Queso Fundido Recipe

Hands holding skillet of queso blanco next to two bottles of wine.

Artichoke Queso Fundido

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: artichoke cheese dip, artichoke queso, queso, queso blanco, queso fundido
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 411 kcal
Author: Platings & Pairings

Shake things up at your next get together with this cheesy Artichoke Queso Blanco. Serrano peppers and chorizo give it a spicy kick, while the artichoke hearts are the perfect unexpected addition, in this ooey-gooey melty cheese dip.

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Ingredients

  • 9 ounces chorizo
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 jalapeno ribs removed, seeded and minced
  • 1 14-ounce can artichoke hearts drained, rinsed and chopped
  • 1 pound cheddar or Monterey jack cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Tortilla chips for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet, cook and crumble the chorizo until starting to brown. 

  3. Add the onions to the skillet and cook over medium-high heat until softened. Remove chorizo-onion mixture to a paper towel lined plate. 

  4. Wipe the skillet clean. 

  5. To build the queso, place a layer of cheese, then a layer of the artichoke hearts and jalapeno, and then another layer of cheese. Put a dollop of chorizo in the middle.

  6. Place the skillet into the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, keeping an eye on it. You want the cheese to become fully melted and bubbly.

  7. Remove from the oven and top with cilantro. Serve immediately with tortilla chips.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Artichoke Queso Fundido
Amount Per Serving
Calories 411 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 915mg40%
Potassium 88mg3%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 805IU16%
Vitamin C 4.3mg5%
Calcium 568mg57%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you loved this Queso Blanco recipe I would appreciate it so much if you would give it a star review! Also, be sure to snap a picture of your finished dish and share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #platingsandpairings. 

Wine Pairings for Queso Blanco:

  • Try a Rioja with this spicy dip.

Two bottles of rioja wine.

Looking for more Mexican dip recipes? Be sure to try these too:

34 comments

  1. Vivian | stayaliveandcooking

    I’m drooling. Queso anything? Yes please! And I need ways to use artichoke so this is great. Pinnnned!
    Have a great week!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks Vivian – You too!!!

      Reply

  2. Kristina

    this sounds AWESOME – I love artichokes and this does appeal more than the traditional dip. we *love* Chez Jose!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Yay for Chez Jose!!! I don’t get there nearly enough!

      Reply

  3. Megan @ Meg is Well

    This is my kind of queso! I love the smokey flavor chorizo and Serrano peppers add to dishes and artichoke hearts…like you said, who doesn’t like them?!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I’m definitely a huge fan Meg! Can’t get enough artichoke hearts!

      Reply

  4. Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife

    Oh boy do I love queso fundido dip and boy do I sadly miss it being dairy-free! Your recipe looks like queso perfection!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks so much Marlynn – We need to come up with a dairy-free version for you!

      Reply

  5. Kathryn @ FoodieGirlChicago

    Cheese and artichokes – two of my favorite things! I love this – it sounds absolutely delicious!!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks Kathryn! Can’t go wrong with that combo, right?

      Reply

  6. Catherine @ Ten Thousand Hour Mama

    My girlfriends and I were JUST debating artichokes the other night (yea or nay?), but I’m pretty sure everyone can get behind ‘chokes in queso fundido.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I hope so – So yummy!

      Reply

  7. Mary

    Hot damn that looks tasty! I love that you use artichokes in the dip!! I’m never super creative when it comes to artichokes, but I love love love them. This is so much more fun than creamy artichoke spinach dips. And an awesome use for a tiny pan 🙂

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    1. Erin

      I love my teeny tiny cast iron skillets! They actually just live on the top shelf of my oven. I pull them out for special occasions like this 🙂

      Reply

  8. Carol Borchardt

    You’re killing me with this dip, Erin! Looks divine and what a great twist on artichoke dip!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks so much Carol!

      Reply

  9. Brettni Brumfield

    Erin! This looks amazing. Artichokes are something I love to eat so I frequently pick up a can when I’m grocery shopping. Thing is, I don’t have a boat-load of recipes to use them with, so they just pile-up in the pantry.

    There’s five in there right now.

    Can’t wait to get one opened and try your recipe.

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    1. Erin

      🙂 I LOVE that you have five cans of artichoke hearts in your pantry! You definitely need to give this one a try!

      Reply

  10. Jenni

    You an go ahead and give me a full 9-inch cast iron skillet of that, please and thank you. YUM. I would have never paired artichoke in that way and now I want to slap myself for not thinking of it years ago so I could already be enjoying it. Side note… if you’ve never tried it, you have to try GREEN chorizo. I think it would be a fantastic paring to the artichoke. My favorite vendor is at the SE Mercado space and at the Beaverton Farmer’s Market—Don Filipe Products. Add a dot com and you’ll find their site. SO GOOD.

    Anyways, pinning this for all the amazing patio meals I’m planning this summer.

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    1. Erin

      Green chorizo sounds absolutely FANTASTIC – I need to get my hands on that ASAP! Thank you for the suggestion Jenni.

      Reply

  11. Karly Campbell

    Totally a sucker for Mexican food, too, and this looks INCREDIBLE. All I can think about is diving head first into the queso-y goodness.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Ha! Love it 🙂 Thanks Karly!

      Reply

  12. Keith @ How's it Lookin?

    I gotta try this. Chorizo is amazing, thanks for sharing

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Of course Keith – I hope you enjoy!

      Reply

  13. Michelle

    I so need this recipe in my life! I love Mexican food and artichokes are a big fave around here!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks Michelle – I’m a big fan of artichokes too. I just never seem to eat enough of them!

      Reply

  14. Mary Kay Schittone

    I am in the process of making the Artichoke Queso Fundido. In the instructions: Step 5: It states place a layer of cheese, then the vegetable mixture? I am confused. Is the vegetable mixture the same as the Chorizo, onion, tomato, serrano pepper, artichoke mixture?

    And, this is the same mixture you save a small amount to dollop on the middle prior to placing it in the oven?

    I am serving this tomorrow night for an appetizer.

    Thank you,

    Mary Kay

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    1. Erin

      Hi Mary Kay – The chorizo was supposed to be set aside and then dolloped on top. But no worries, if it is mixed together with you veggies, you can just layer it in there that way. Hope this helps!

      Reply

  15. Claire

    Too bad you didn’t make it Spanish chorizo to better pair with the Rioja wines.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      You could definitely use spanish chorizo Claire!

      Reply

  16. jennie lamancuso

    5 stars
    What a great recipe! We are loving it here in Arizona. Thank you.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I’m so happy you like it!

      Reply

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