Chorizo Queso

overhead photo of skillet of garnished chorizo queso

This Chorizo Queso is so creamy, delicious and all made in one skillet! Made with real cheese, veggies and spicy chorizo – this will be a hit at any get together! 

This recipe was originally published in November 2019. I’ve since updated the photos and added blog content. Enjoy! 

Happy February friends! I can’t believe it’s already time for the Super Bowl. 

Now, I must admit, I’m the type of sports watcher where I really only watch the playoffs. It’s high stakes, high rewards and of course, you’re much more likely to get invited over to a friend’s house for delicious snacks and fellowship!

Aaaand of course you can’t show up empty handed. So this Chorizo Queso is the ultimate crowd pleasing dip to bring! 

My love for queso knows no end and I especially love this dip. 

Why You’ll Love This Queso: 

This Chorizo Queso dip is the stuff of dreams. I’m pretty sure I may or may not have eaten at least half of the skillet by myself. It’s THAT good. 

First, I love that it’s loaded with fresh ingredients. 

You have freshly shredded cheese, onions, garlic, tomatoes, jalapenos, and of course, the prized ingredient: chorizo! 

cooked chorizo in skillet

I absolutely love chorizo! It is my meat of choice if we are ever having tacos. If you didn’t know, chorizo is pork sausage that is seasoned with spices like chili powder, paprika, garlic etc. 

It’s so nice because you don’t have to add any spices to the meat, it’s already spiced! It has the most incredible kick of flavor in each bite and I absolutely love it combined with the cheese. 

side view photo of garnished chorizo queso in skillet

The spicy chorizo and the melty creamy cheese are perfectly balanced out in this Chorizo Queso. It’s never overly spicy – there is a slight kick to it, but other than that, it’s absolutely perfect. So super creamy, cheesy, melty and delicious!

I love that is has texture from the fresh veggies chopped in it and it truly just goes so well with a big bag of tortilla chips. 

Oh…and the best part? It’s made in just ONE skillet. Yup! You can even serve it in the skillet if you’d prefer! 

wooden spoon stirring creamy chorizo queso in skillet

So what exactly do you need for this queso and how do you make it, you ask? Let’s find out! 

Ingredients You Need for Chorizo Queso:  

  • Yellow onion, garlic,garlic – fresh + minced is best here!
  • jalapeno – I deseeded my jalapeno since it’s pretty spicy on it’s own but if you want extra spice, leave in the seeds! 
  • Rotel – this is a popular can of tomatoes and green chiles that you can normally find in the hispanic section of your grocery store. 
  • pepper jack cheese + white cheddar cheese – I feel like these two cheeses have the perfect combination of creamy and a little kick of spicy 
  • fresh chorizo – you can usually find yours packaged with the pork at your local grocery store.
  • Whole milk + all purpose flour – you will need these to make a roux for the cheese dip!
  • cilantro + cotija + fresh jalapeno – these make the perfect garnish! 
  • salt to taste – I would certainly wait to salt the dip until at the end. Taste and see if it needs it! 

Step by Step Instructions on How to Make Queso:

  1. Dice your onion into small pieces, mince the garlic and dice and deseed a jalapeno. If you want to make it even spicier, feel free to keep the seeds in. Go ahead and shred the cheese as well. 
  2. Begin by making your chorizo! In a cast iron skillet, add the ground chorizo on medium heat. 
  3. Once the chorizo is fully cooked (which should take about 5-6 minutes), put it on a paper-towel lined plate. 
  4. To the same pan, add diced onion and the jalapeno. Cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add minced garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until the garlic is aromatic. 
  5. To the veggies, add about 2 tbsp of all purpose flour and whisk to combine it with the veggies. Let this cook for about 1-2 minutes. Begin alternating adding one can of rotel and 1 cup of milk, continually whisking as you go. 
  6. Cook this on low to medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until the mixture has thickened. Place heat on low. 
  7. Add the shredded cheese in increments, stirring it in as you go and it has melted. Add back in the chorizo BUT leave some for garnish! Stir to make sure it is all combined. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed. Remove from the heat. 3 side by side photos, one of cooked veggies, one of veggies with flour and one of creamy queso in skillet
  8. Top with the leftover chorizo for garnish, cilantro and more jalapeno! Enjoy right away! 

Best Tips for Delicious Queso: 

If you want to keep this a “one-skillet meal” make sure to cook this in an oven safe pan. My favorite is just a classic cast iron skillet.

Add more milk if needed! If your queso gets too thick too quickly, no worries! Add a splash of more milk. 

If desired, feel free to place in the oven on broil for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown on top. If you want it just super creamy, you can skip this step. Both end up amazing either way! 

hand pulling chip out of skillet with queso on it

If you’re bringing this to a friend’s house, simply store it in either the oven safe skillet OR an oven safe dish. You can rewarm it on the stove top in the skillet or pop it in the oven at 400 to warm it in the dish until it’s warmed through. 

Storing Leftovers: 

Store in the fridge in a tightly sealed container for up to 3 days. If you want to re-heat it, simply reheat either in the microwave or in a skillet. You might need to add a splash of milk to it to liven it back up. 

hand dipping chip in skillet of queso

This Chorizo Queso is SUCH a crowd-pleaser! No one will be able to say no to this deliciousness. Hope y’all enjoy it! 

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are a few more you might like: 

Cheesy Chorizo Nachos 

Chorizo Tacos with Cilantro Lime Crema 

Loaded Baked Chicken Nachos

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Chorizo Queso

This Chorizo Queso is so creamy, delicious and all made in one skillet! Made with real cheese, veggies and spicy chorizo - this will be a hit at any get together! 

Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword chorizo queso, easy homemade queso, queso dip
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Haylie

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground chorizo
  • 1 cup whole milk - more if needed, see notes!
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 8 oz. freshly shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 8 oz freshly shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno de-seeded and diced
  • 1 10 oz. can of Rotel
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh cilantro, extra jalapeno for garnish

Instructions

  1. Dice your onion into small pieces, mince the garlic and dice and de-seed one jalapeno. Shred the cheese and set it aside.

  2. Cook the chorizo in a large skillet until fully cooked through, about 5-6 minutes.

  3. Once the chorizo is fully cooked, put it on a paper-towel lined plate. To the same pan, add diced onion and the jalapeno. Cook for 4 minutes. Add minced garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until the garlic is aromatic. 

  4. To this pan with the vegetables, add 2 tbsp of flour and whisk to combine it with the veggies. Let this cook for about 1-2 minutes. Begin alternating adding one can of rotel and 1 cup of milk, continually whisking as you go. Be sure to add a little bit at a time.

  5. Cook this on low to medium heat for 4-5 minutes, continually whisking or until the mixture has thickened.

  6. Place heat on low. Add the shredded cheese in increments, stirring it in as you go and it has melted. Add back in the chorizo BUT leave some for garnish! If the queso is too thick, add a splash of milk until your desired consistency is reached. Stir to make sure it is all combined. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed. Remove from the heat. 

  7. Eat as is OR pop it in the oven on broil to get the top golden brown and crispy. Garnish with the leftover chorizo, extra jalapeno and fresh cilantro and cotija cheese. Eat with lots of chips and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you want to make this spicier, do not de-seed the jalapeno! 

If you find that your queso is getting too thick, add a splash more milk!! When you are warming it up, add a splash more milk to liven it up. 

15 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 5 stars
    Queso is a favourite in our house! I usually make a dairy-free one but this one looks mouth watering! Love the addition of chorizo for added flavour and looks like it gives the queso lots of texture!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh yeah!!!! Quesco is a fave of ours too! And, like you, I could definitely enjoy a lot of this one, Haylie! Love the chorizo in there. Heck, I love everything about it! Can’t wait to give this one a go! Just pass the chips please 🙂 Happy Monday, my friend!

  3. 5 stars
    I love the memory of you and your Dad chowing down! That sounds like something my Dad and I would have done too, haha. I’m always excited when they have chips at a Mexican restaurant to start off the meal! This looks so good Haylie – love that cheese!!!

  4. 5 stars
    Dang! This looks like the best cheese dip ever!! I can eat this by the bowl full! YUMMMMM! I am loving the spices, different cheddars, and the addition of the chorizo. I will be dipping my chips in this soon, for sure!

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