Campworthy: Queso Fundido


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Recipe: Queso Fundido
Submitted by: Chelsea
Hometown: Eugene, OR


What do you love about this recipe? One of my favorite things about camping is sharing food, and I love making snacks to pass around! Whether you’re playing cards or chilling around the fire—or not camping at all—queso makes any night better. This is a meat-free version of the recipe, but adding hot sausage and spices enhances and adds even more flavor—it’s a forgiving recipe and can be modified however you want. I guarantee you’ll make new friends in camp if you try this recipe.


Queso fundido after cooking


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • Chili powder and cumin to taste (can also be replaced with taco seasoning packet)
  • 3 diced bell peppers (any color!)
  • 1 pound shredded cheese (monterey jack and cheddar are great together, but one or the other will also work)
  • 3 diced tomatoes
  • 1 bunch cilantro (chopped)
  • Tortilla chips or tortillas for dipping


  • In a cast iron skillet over a fire or on a camp stove (medium to high heat), add the olive oil, garlic, and onion.  Cook for 3-4 minutes until onions start to become translucent.  Then add in the mushrooms and bell peppers and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Remove the mix from the heat and take out 50% from the pan and set aside.
  • Put back on the heat source and start to layer cheese and the mushroom/veggie mix, continue to layer until you use all the cheese!
  • Cover it and heat over low coals or heat until the cheese is melted and golden brown. This usually takes about 4-5 minutes.
  • Top with more fresh ingredients like tomatoes, cilantro, green onion, olives, salsa, sour cream, jalapenos, avocados—all work great and allow you to add your own flavor!
  • Make sure to have chips or tortillas ready to start scooping and eat immediately after removing from the heat source.


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