Queso Flameado

Texas Queso Flameado
Gooey Fiery Fun

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This time of year the appetite is in overdrive with a keen eye toward the holidays. For New Year’s Eve my family usually enjoys handmade tamales, lucky black-eyed peas, sautéed greens, and our loaded queso. After recently enjoying queso flameado from a local restaurant, Tequila Bar & Grill, we crafted our own version below, which is dy-no-mite!

While we love our usual Velveeta dip fortified with diced tomatoes, sour cream, and scoops of ground beef and homemade guacamole, this queso flameado is 100% authentic. This is so gooey and how could it not be with 4 cups of cheese? Plus when you set it aflame your friends and family will give you a high five and a “standing O.” Let’s dive in!

Time To Prepare:

About 30 minutes.

Foodie Tips:

❤  Need a good margarita recipe? Margs make a great sidekick to this fiery queso. Try our Home Style Austin Margarita recipe – it’s packed with delightful warm heat, compliments of a 3 slices of jalapeño.

❤  Queso menonita? You can find yours at HEB.

❤  There are many tequilas on the market. When we feel special we buy Patrón – it’s so good and their packaging is tops.


Poblano Chili
½ Pound  Chorizo, Removed From The Casing
3 Cups  Queso Menonita, Shredded
1 Cup  Monterey Jack Cheese, Shredded
To Serve  Flour Tortillas
Accessories  10 Inch Iron Skillet, Paper Bag, Tongs
To Ignite The Party  Tequila, Candle Stick Lighter, Texas Margaritas (All Optional But Wildly Recommended)

What To Do:

1. Prepare the poblano: We used our gas stove top and cooked the poblano for about 5-7 minutes, turning every couple of minutes with tongs until it was blackened. Turn off the heat and transfer the poblano to a paper bag and let it steam for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile…

Making A Poblano Pepper For Queso Flameado

2. Heat things up: Preheat your oven to 350°F.

3. Prepare the chorizo: In an iron skillet cook the chorizo over a medium-high flame, stirring often until it’s done (about 5-7 minutes). Remove from heat and drain any grease. Return the chorizo to the skillet and set on stovetop.

4. Finish the poblano: Cut off the stem end of the poblano and can rub off (remove) the skin. Cut the poblano into strips and set aside.

5. Assemble the queso: Place the shredded cheeses on top of the chorizo and top with the poblano strips.

6. Bake the queso: Place the skillet in the oven and cook for 15 minutes. Turn up the oven to broil for the last 5 minutes to create a nicely browned top. Remove from oven and set the skillet on your stove top or a trivet to rest a minute or two.

7. To serve: Place 2-3 tablespoons of tequila in a measuring cup and warm it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. Do not overcook! Using a candle lighter ignite the tequila and pour it on top of the queso. This is fun but the best part is diving into the queso – spoon it into warm tortillas and enjoy! #TossesSombrero
Queso Flameado Recipe

~ Joe Paul ReiderJoe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
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Home Style Austin’s Spicy Margarita Recipe

A Spicy Margarita Recipe from Home Style AustinWhen In Margaritaville, Texas…

It’s hard to believe that the history of the margarita dates back to less than 100 years ago. While the history of the margarita seems to have a bit of a blurred origin, we can all agree that shaken, stirred, salted, on the rocks, frozen, skinny, spicy and everything in between – to many the margarita is the official drink of Texas (sorry, beer).

While margarita choices seem limitless, my family’s favorite is our spicy margarita recipe – it packs a deep and delicious warmth that will likely have you asking for seconds … and a 10 gallon hat or sombrero so you can throw them into the air.

Foodie Tips:

Tovolo King Cube Ice Mold

Decisions! Decisions! Decisions!

  This is a drink best served fresh so avoid preparing them in large batches ahead of time. My #1 margarita house rule: The best margaritas are served cold, cold, coooooold! To arrive at the coldest drink possible I place my margarita glasses in the freezer for at least 15 minutes between servings. I also use a cocktail shaker – inside it I place a giant cube of ice from my prized Tovolo king cube ice mold. A few shakes later with one cube and any balmy summer day suddenly feels like a skip through the park in the crisp of fall!

* You can find Tovolo ice cube molds at Downtown Austin’s spirited Serve Gourmet or at Bed Bath & Beyond

  This recipe can be doubled but I suggest you refrain from doubling the jalapeño slices until you’re sure you like the heat on your first batch. Your lips and tongue may thank you.

Spicy Margarita Recipe Ingredients


3  |  Fresh Jalapeño Slices, ⅛ Inch Thick (include the seeds)
2 Ounces  |  Tequila (my house staple is Jose Cuervo Silver)
¾ Ounce  |  Grand Marnier
¾ Ounce  |  Triple Sec (I use Hiram Walker)
2 Ounces  |  Fresh-Squeezed Lime Juice
To Garnish  |  Extra Lime Wedges
To Garnish  |  Salt
To Serve  |  Ice (Cubed, Crushed or None) – Optional


0. Place your margarita glasses in the freezer to chill them up.

1. Gather your liquor and prepare your lime juice.

2. In a cocktail shaker place the 3 slices of jalapeño. Top with your ice cube. Pour in the tequila, Grand Marnier, Triple Sec and lime juice. Cover the shaker and give it a few ferocious shakes. Set aside.

3. Run a lime wedge along the rim of your chilled margarita glass. Optional; run the rim in a small bowl of the salt to coat the rim (I usually only salt 1/2 the rim). Add ice (optional).

4. Give your shaker a few new shakes and pour your spicy margarita mix into the glass. Top with a lime wedge (squeezed on top or served unsqueezed on the rim) and serve.

Yield: 2-4 spicy margaritas depending on the size of your glass and your love for this drink!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

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