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Goat Cheese Fundido

I discovered this fundido (Spanish for 'melted cheese') at Elote Cafe up in Sedona. It's basically a warm homemade salsa topped with goat cheese on top, baked, and served with corn chips or folded up into warm soft tortillas. A tasty and hearty appetizer perfect for cold nights and best served with an ice-cold Margarita or Mexican beer. It's a delicious and comforting alternative to the standard 7 layer dip and much easier to make.
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-Mex
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Keyword: cheese, corn, egg-free, fast, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, spicy, tacos, tomato, tortilla, vegetables, yeast-free
Servings: 4 as a starter
Author: ness

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic (diced)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (de-seeded and sliced)
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup or 8 oz. goat cheese
  • corn tortilla chips and soft corn tortillas for serving

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a medium non-stick saucepan or wok, heat oil on medium-high heat. Saute the onion, garlic, and jalapeno peppers until lightly browned, about 5 - 6 minutes. Add the tomato, salt and pepper and simmer until slightly thickened.
  • Pre-heat oven to broil. Transfer the sauce into an oven-proof dish and crumble large chunks of the goat cheese on top of the dish. Place the dish in the oven and broil until the top is browned, about 8 minutes. Meanwhile, pan fry the soft corn tortillas in a clean frying pan on medium heat. Place in a tortilla warmer or wrap in a clean kitchen towel to keep warm.
Adapted from Elote Cafe Cookbook