How to Make Nacho Cheese

Forget the below-average ballpark nachos: Figuring out how to make nacho cheese (also known as queso fundido) from scratch is easy, and will forever change your view of the neon-orange variety. A blend of Monterey Jack and cheddar is a classic blend, but feel free to adapt to your liking--just make sure the cheeses you choose are good for melting. You can mix and match other ingredients as well: Try chorizo for added spice, sauteed mushrooms for extra flavor or tomatillo or chipotle salsa. Don't forget to serve plenty of "dippers" for the nacho cheese. Tortilla chips are traditional, and are especially good when they're homemade. It's easy: Cut a stack of corn tortillas into wedges, brush lightly on both sides with oil, season, place on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees F until crispy.
-Hey everyone, I'm Judith. Well today, I'm gonna be showing you how to make Queso Fundido Diablito, a very indulgent cheese dip to have when you're watching the game or when your friends are over. So, what you'll need is 1 jar, about 12 ounces, of medium hot salsa; 1 can of green chilies, chopped and drained; 1/2 pound of shredded Jack cheese; 1/4 pound of shredded cheddar cheese; 1/4 cup of pitted black olives, chopped; and 1 bag, about 9 ounces, of tortilla chips. Alright, so very, very simple. All you need is a 2 quart baking dish right here and we're gonna mix in our cheeses like so, nice fresh Monterey Jack, the lovely cheddar there, which is gonna taste so good when it's melted, our salsa goes in there too, and our green chilies, gonna give a nice kick, not too spicy the green chilies that are milder of the chilies and we're gonna give that all a nice stir. We preheated our oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and this is gonna go in there for about 30 minutes. So, I think that all mixed in well there. Oh, looking and smelling good already, very nice. Alright, so that goes in for 30 minutes at 350. So, our Queso Fundido has come out of the oven looking fabulous, really luxurious. The cheese is partially melted all in there and that is ready for serving. Make sure to let it rest for 10 minutes before doing the finishing pieces. So, you can garnish that with a little bit of olives right there. Nice chopped olives. This is a good one actually to serve at Halloween just for all the friends. Those Halloween colors, you know, and serve it nice and warm and will be perfect, there you go serve it with some corn or tortilla chips and there you have it. That is how you make Queso Fundido Diablito.

What You'll Need

  • 1  12  ounce jar medium-hot salsa
  • 1   can (4.5 ounces) chopped green chiles, drained
  • 1/2  pound shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4  pound shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4  cup pitted black olives, chopped
  • 1   bag (about 9 ounces) tortilla chips

Step By Step

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix together salsa, chile strips and cheeses in a 2-quart casserole or baking dish.
Bake in 350 degrees F oven for 30 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is partly melted. Do not stir.
Garnish with olives. Let stand for 10 minutes. Serve warm with tortilla chips.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 225, Fat, total (g) 14, chol. (mg) 27, sat. fat (g) 7, carb. (g) 16, fiber (g) 3, pro. (g) 8, sodium (mg) 596, Mark as Free Exchange () 0, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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