Artichoke Queso Fundido

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

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

Shake things up at your next get together with this cheesy Artichoke Queso Fundido. Serrano peppers and chorizo give it a spicy kick, while the artichoke hearts are the perfect unexpected addition, in this melty, ooey-gooey cheese dip | platingsandpairings.comMexican food gets me every time. It’s always on my mind. Give me some tortillas, melty cheese, spicy salsa, and a margarita, and I’m a happy girl.

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 (Hello! 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 fundido? I mean, really, who doesn’t love artichoke hearts? It seems like that artichoke dip is always the first to go at potlucks… Obviously it’s a popular option.

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

Let’s shake things up a bit. As much as I love that artichoke dip, I feel like it’s a bit overdone.

This Artichoke Queso Fundido is more “fun”. Melty cheddar cheese, serrano peppers, fresh tomatoes, and spicy chorizo mingle together perfectly with those otherwise mellow artichoke hearts. It’s shockingly delicious.

I like to serve the fundido out of these mini cast iron skillets. However, the process is the same if you’d like to serve it in one large skillet, or a casserole dish too.

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

In order to get all this cheesy goodness into your mouth, be sure to enjoy it with some amazing tortilla chips. I’m a huge fan of the Food Should Taste Good Cantina Tortilla Chips. They’re made with just three simple ingredients – Corn, Sunflower Oil, and Sea Salt. Plus, they’re certified vegan, gluten-free and Kosher. Real ingredients. Which, in my book, totally justifies my decision to call this Artichoke Queso Fundido and a glass of Tempranillo a healthy dinner decision.

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

I think artichoke hearts are definitely going to be finding their way into more and more of my Mexican dishes from here on out! 

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

Artichoke Queso Fundido

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Platings & Pairings
Shake things up at your next get together with this cheesy Artichoke Queso Fundido. 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

  • 1/2 pound chorizo
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper ribs removed, seeded and minced
  • 3 roma tomatoes seeded and chopped
  • 1 14- ounce can artichoke hearts drained, rinsed and chopped
  • 1 pound cheddar or Monterey jack cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Food Should Taste Good Cantina Tortilla Chips for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet, cook and crumble the chorizo until brown. Remove from skillet and drain on a paper towel. Remove any excess fat from the pan.
  3. Add the onions to the skillet and cook over medium-high heat until softened.
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in artichoke hearts, half the tomato, and half the Serrano pepper.
  5. To build the skillets (you can also do this with one large skillet), place a layer of cheese, then a layer of the vegetable mixture, and then another layer of cheese. Put a dollop of chorizo in the middle.
  6. Place the skillet(s) into the oven and bake about 4-5 minutes, keeping an eye on it. You want the cheese to become fully melted and bubbly.
  7. Remove from the oven and top with the remaining tomato, Serrano pepper, and the cilantro. Serve immediately with tortilla chips.

Wine Pairings for Queso Fundido:

  • Try a Sangiovese, Tempranillo, or Carmenere with this spicy dip.

Looking for more Mexican dip recipes? Try these:

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

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

30 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!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Vivian – You too!!!

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  2. Kristina

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

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    1. Erin

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

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  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?!

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    1. Erin

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

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  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!

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    1. Erin

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

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  5. Kathryn @ FoodieGirlChicago

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

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    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.

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    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 🙂

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  8. Carol Borchardt

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

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    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!

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  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.

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  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.

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    1. Erin

      Ha! Love it 🙂 Thanks Karly!

      Reply

  12. Keith @ How's it Lookin?

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

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    1. Erin

      Of course Keith – I hope you enjoy!

      Reply

  13. Juventa

    This looks delicious!

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  14. Michelle

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

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    1. Erin

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

      Reply

  15. 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

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