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Choriqueso (Queso Fundido with Chorizo)

Choriqueso is mexican chorizo topped with cheese, garnished with tomato, white onion and cilantro and served in charred tortillas. Muy bueno!

Choriqueso is described as a perfect party food; sometimes offered as a dip, and sometimes in a form closer to an entree. Either way, this is a very sneaky recipe; once you’ve tried it you will probably have it as a go-to for a quick party appetizer or as a quick entree for unexpected guests.

Choriqueso is mexican chorizo topped with cheese, garnished with tomato, white onion and cilantro and served in charred tortillas. Muy bueno!

Choriqueso Ingredients

  • Mexican chorizo: Opt for a Mexican chorizo versus a very different flavored Spanish chorizo.
  • Cheese: This recipe calls for shredded mexican-blend cheese which consists of the types of cheese you’ll find in a traditional choriqueso. Monterey Jack, cheddar, and easy-melting asadero and queso quesadilla cheeses. Feel free to use your own combination of these cheeses or even substitute with oaxaca, or mozzarella cheeses.
  • Tomato & white onion: These ingredients add a freshness to the dish that feels essential if you want a more well-rounded set of flavors.
  • Cilantro: If you have to skip any ingredient, it’s best NOT to skip the cilantro, as the flavor it brings makes the dish far more unique and enjoyable.

Serve with charred corn or flour tortillas or tortilla chips.

A complete ingredients list with amounts is in the recipe card below!

How To Make Choriqueso Dip

Believe it or not, this five-ingredient choriqueso is actually a bit elaborate since all you really need to make this dish on the most basic level is chorizo (chori) and cheese (queso). Adding some Mexican crema or sour cream is also a great idea, but it’s not essential.

Making choriqueso is very simple; you cook the chorizo (remove it from any casing) and top with cheese first, then add the fresh ingredients. The chorizo should brown and get deeper in color as you cook it; cooking time is roughly 10 minutes.

Choriqueso Recipe

Choriqueso Variations

One of the most important things about this recipe is getting the right chorizo. Mexican chorizo is not the same as its Spanish counterpart; Mexican chorizo may come in the form of fresh seasoned pork sausage where the Spanish version is typically dried.

You likely won’t get the same texture and flavor from the Spanish variety when making this recipe. Spanish chorizo is also seasoned differently than the Mexican variety; Spanish types rely more on garlic and smoked paprika or the local equivalent. Mexican chorizo is seasoned with chile peppers and garlic as well as the spices mentioned above.

If you want to make a vegan version of this, replacing the cheese and chorizo isn’t the chore it once was; there are plenty of vegan and plant-based chorizo options in the frozen section of the supermarket but you may want to check for some chorizo seasoning to add to the mix if it is too mild.

Mexican chorizo can be made with the following seasonings, if you find one that is lacking in your vegan mix, try adding some of the following to taste:

  • Chili pepper
  • Garlic
  • Paprika
  • Oregano
  • Cumin
  • Salt

How to Eat Choriqueso

You can enjoy choriqueso with either tortilla chips as a dip or freshly charred tortillas and make it more of a meal. It’s so fast to make that you can make another batch once the crowd devours the first (and it will go quick).

For the tortillas, I just char them slightly around the edges over my gas stove (I put it on low, set the tortilla over the flame then crank it to high for about 5-10 seconds, turn it off and pull off the tortilla). I can char an entire stack of tortillas really quickly this way! That extra step is worth it for the texture and charred flavor plus the tortillas just look more authentic. The perfect accompaniment to your Choriqueso!

Choriqueso tacos or quesadillas are another delicious way to enjoy!

You can even cook the chorizo in advance then reheat it and add the toppings just before serving. Reheat on the stovetop over low heat or briefly microwave individual servings. Leftover choriqueso will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to three days.

And forget to enjoy a nice cold margarita with your choriqueso!

Try this hot Mexican Corn Dip or Smoked Queso Dip next!

Choriqueso Recipe

Choriqueso Dip

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This choriqueso recipe is an easy, cheesy Mexican dip is sure to be a crowd please at any party, gathering or family dinner.


  • 16 ounces Mexican chorizo
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mexican-blend cheese
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 white onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Mexican crema, or sour cream, for topping (optional)


  1. Preheat skillet over medium heat. Remove chorizo from casings and cook thoroughly, stirring occasionally, until it's starting to brown and deepen in color (about 10 minutes).
  2. Turn off heat, sprinkle all over with cheese. Cover and allow to sit until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. (Alternatively you can put it under a broiler).
  3. Top with tomato, onion and cilantro. Serve immediately with warm tortillas or tortilla chips.


Adjust the amounts as desired.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 634mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 15g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

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