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Queso Flameado


  • 1/4 pound chorizo (Mexican sausage), casings removed
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup sliced mushrooms (optional)
  • 1 serrano chile, minced (optional)
  • 2 cups shredded queso Chihuahua or Monterey jack cheese
  • 2 tablespoons 151-proof liquor, such as Everclear
  • Corn or flour tortillas, heated

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  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Brown the sausage in a large skillet over medium heat, 5 to 6 minutes. Pour off the fat. Add the onion, tomato and mushrooms and/or chile, if using, and sauté until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  3. Meanwhile, spread the cheese in a small baking dish and bake for 5 to 10 minutes, until completely melted. Remove from the oven.
  4. Pour the chorizo mixture over the cheese. Pour the liquor over the top, and using a long match, carefully ignite the liquor - the flames will die down in 30 to 40 seconds.
  5. Serve with corn or flour tortillas by placing the cheese inside each tortilla and folding them over to form a taco.

Makes 2 to 4 servings.

Source: Los Barrios Family Cookbook