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Lobster and Chorizo Queso Fundido

By Jeffrey Saad From Moveable Feast Season 2, Ep.11
Scott Phillips

Servings: 8

Making your own chorizo is easier than you might imagine. Chef Saad likes the smoky, dried-cherry-like flavor that guajillo chiles add to the meat mixture, as well as the clean heat of chile árbol. For the queso fundido, he uses a blend of three cheeses: the creamy queso quesadilla, Monterey Jack, and grated Cotija, whose nutty flavor has led to its being dubbed Mexican parmesan.


For the guajillo paste (optional)

  • 4 dried guajillo chiles

For the chorizo

  • 2 chiles de árbol, seeded
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 3 slices bacon (about 3 oz.), finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup black garlic cloves (about 1 oz. or 13 cloves), finely chopped
  • 1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. guajillo paste, or chipotle in adobo, seeded and minced
  • 1 Tbs. paprika
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. ground white pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. duck fat or olive oil

For the queso fundido

  • 4 oz. (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1/2 medium white onion, finely chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. seeded, minced jalapeño
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Ground white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour; more if necessary
  • 1/4 cup silver tequila
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup coarsely grated queso quesadilla
  • 1/4 cup coarsely grated Monterey Jack
  • 3/4 cup coarsely grated Cotija
  • Kosher salt

For assembly

  • 1/2 cup ground corn tortilla chips; more whole for serving
  • 12-1/2 oz. fresh or frozen cooked lobster meat
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish
  • Tortilla chips, for serving


Make the guajillo paste

  • In a 2-quart saucepan or a kettle bring 3 to 4 cups of water to a boil.
  • Toast the chiles in a 10-inch skillet until some brown spots appear and they soften slightly, about 1 minute per side.
  • Transfer the chiles to a medium bowl, cover with the boiling water, and soak for 10 minutes.
  • Drain the chiles, reserving the water. Seed the chiles and coarsely chop; transfer to a blender or food processor. Pulse to a smooth paste, adding reserved soaking water by the tablespoon as necessary. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to several months.

Make the chorizo

  • In a 12-inch skillet over medium heat toast the chiles de árbol until softened slightly, about 1 minute per side. Move to a cutting board, finely chop, and transfer to a large bowl.
  • Add the pork, bacon, black garlic, vinegar, guajillo paste, paprika, coriander, cumin, white pepper, and 1/2 tsp. salt to the bowl with the chiles de árbol and mix.
  • In the 12-inch skillet melt the duck fat over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium, add the pork mixture, and cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until it darkens, about 8 minutes.

Make the queso fundido

  • In a 4- to 5-quart saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions, jalapeño, and garlic and cook until they begin to brown slightly, about 3 minutes. Add 1/2 tsp. white pepper and the cumin and continue cooking until fragrant, about 1 minute. Gradually add the flour while whisking constantly. Slowly whisk in the tequila and cook until most of the alcohol has evaporated, about 3 minutes. Slowly whisk in the milk and bring the mixture to a boil, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 3 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to medium low and whisk in the queso quesadilla, Monterey Jack, and 1/4 cup of the Cotija. Season to taste with salt and additional white pepper. Whisk until the cheeses melt and become smooth, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and let cool.


  • Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and heat the broiler to low, about 475°F.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground tortillas and the remaining 1/2 cup of the Cotija. Mix to combine and set aside.
  • In each of eight 8-oz. baking dishes, spread 1/4 cup of the chorizo mixture, equal amounts of the lobster, 1-1/2 tsp. lime juice, and about 1/4 cup of the cheese mixture. Top with 1 Tbs. of the tortilla and Cotija mixture, transfer to the broiler, and broil until golden and heated through, about 1 minute. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve immediately with the tortilla chips.


Recipe adapted from Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking.

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  • Mrs_K | 08/02/2015

    Made this with some lobster meat we had picked out of some 3 pound lobsters we had last night for dinner. Did not make the chorizo, rather purchased fresh chorizo at the market. While a good concept, the lobster was totally overwhelmed by the chorizo. If I make this again, I would use something with a slightly bolder flavor/more substance such as chicken or shrimp.

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