Quesorizo (Chorizo Queso)
I’m talking real queso here. It’s a queso that even Texans approve of (and they’re hard to please). What separates this queso from both the versions in a jar and many other recipes is that this queso is made with real cheese. Don’t worry I’m not hating on Velveeta – there’s just a time and a place for it (like a really creamy mac & cheese). Instead, for this recipe, I use a mix of Monterey Jack, mozzarella, Cotija and Parmesan with the addition of chorizo, poblano peppers and mushrooms for texture and added flavor. Serve with some really good, fresh tortilla chips and maybe a margarita.
Removing any excess oil from the chorizo will help to give the dip a creamier consistency.
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ cup diced yellow onion
½ medium poblano pepper, seeded and diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup sliced crimini mushrooms
½ cup dry white wine
6 ounces Mexican pork chorizo, casing removed
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1½ cups whole milk
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
¼ cup crumbled Cotija cheese
½ cup grated Parmesan
½ cup sour cream
¼ teaspoon cayenne
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, for garnish
Tortilla chips, for serving
Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat, add the olive oil and heat through. Add the onion, poblano peppers and garlic and sauté until the onion is tender and opaque about 4 minutes. Add the mushrooms and sauté until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the wine and simmer, reducing until just about evaporated. Remove the mushroom mixture to a bowl and set aside.
Return the pan to heat, add the chorizo and cook until browned, stirring occasionally with a wooden spatula to break up any large pieces. Remove the chorizo to a bowl and set aside. Use a paper towel to blot any excess oil.
Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the butter and allow to melt. Add the flour, whisking to combine. Let the roux cook until a pale golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the milk, whisking to incorporate. Bring to a simmer so that the mixture thickens, then slowly add the cheeses, whisking to combine until all the cheese has completely melted. Stir in the sour cream and cayenne until completely incorporated then stir in the mushroom mixture and half of the chorizo.
Add the queso to a medium serving bowl and top with the remaining chorizo and cilantro.