Spicy Tortilla Crisps with Queso Fundido
Makes4 to 6 servings
Cooking Methodbaking, sauteeing
Total Timeunder 1 hour
Make Ahead RecipeYes
One Pot MealYes
OccasionCocktail Party, Family Get-together, game day
Dietary Considerationegg-free, halal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian
Five Ingredients or LessYes
Taste and Texturecheesy, crisp, salty
Type of Dishdip/spread
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 small corn tortillas (6 inches in diameter)
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon chile powder (such as chipotle or ancho)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt or flaky or coarse ?sea salt
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions, white and green portions
- 3/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 3/4 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Use 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to lightly brush the tops of the corn tortillas, then sprinkle the chile powder and salt evenly over them. Starting at either the left or right edge of a tortilla, cut a vertical strip that's about 1 inch at its widest point, at a slight angle. Moving inward, cut another long strip at a similar angle in the opposite direction. Continue zigzagging across the tortilla cutting long triangular strips that alternate between the point being downward and upward. Repeat with the remaining tortillas. You should get about 8 strips per tortilla. Arrange the strips on a rimmed baking sheet.
Toast in the oven until just crisped, 10 to 12 minutes. Set aside to cool. The crisps can be made a day ahead and stored in an airtight container.
Shortly before serving, heat the remaining ?1 tablespoon of olive oil in a small, heavy skillet or pan, preferably cast iron, over medium heat. Add the green onions and cook, stirring often, until just tender but not browned, 2 to ?3 minutes. Add the cheeses, a small handful at a time, stirring until each addition is almost fully melted before adding the next. When all the cheese has been added, continue cooking for a minute or two undisturbed so that the mixture gets nice and bubbly. Scatter the cilantro over the queso fundido and serve right away, with the tortilla crisps alongside.
2012 Cynthia Nims