Bacon with Caramelized Onion and Sun Dried Tomato Queso Fundido is a gooey, cheesy bowl of everything that makes food awesome!
If you’ve never heard of chef Rick Bayless it’s time to pull your head out of your ass and start following him. He’s an American god of traditional Mexican cooking, and holy hell is his food good! Now I’ve never been to Frontera, but I’ve made more than a handful of chef Bayless’s recipes and I have yet to be disappointed. More than that. They’re all damn good. I will follow his food to the ends of the Earth. Yeah. It’s that level.
I’ve had this queso on my must make appetizer dip recipes list for what feels like a million years. Seriously, what’s not to love? It’s full of everything I love. Cheese, onions, jalapenos, bacon, sun dried tomatoes, and cilantro. YUMMM! With three m’s kids. I had high hopes for this dip and it’s firing on all cylinders. And that cilantro “garnish” on top in and integral flavor component of this dip that gives an amazingly fresh flavor that’s just not the same if you skip it. Do you hear me? Don’t skip the cilantro! But make this dip and try to tell me it’s not to die for. And if you do, we’re not friends anymore. Sorry.
- 3 slices bacon
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 1 large jalapeno, seeded, and finely diced (leave the seeds if you like your food spicy!)
- ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and diced
- 3 tablespoons full-flavored beer (I used Stella Artois)
- 8 ounces Monterey jack cheese, shredded
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro, rough chopped
- Tortilla chips, for serving
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Cook bacon until crispy, turning once, until crispy. Remove bacon to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Once cooled, crumble bacon; set aside.
- Pour all but 1 tablespoon bacon fat from the skillet.
- Increase heat to medium-high and add onion. Stir onion in bacon fat until well coated. Cook onion for 5 to 8 minutes, stirring often, until onions have caramelized.
- Add jalapeno and sun dried tomato to skillet, and stir to combine. Add beer. Cook until beer has been completely absorbed by vegetables, stirring often.
- Add cheese to skillet, and decrease heat to medium-low. Stir in cheese until just melted. (If you over heat the cheese it will become tough and oily.) The queso will be a little stringy, in a good way.
- Transfer queso to a serving dish. Top with bacon and cilantro. Serve warm with tortilla chips.