1 tablespoon canola oil

6 ounces bulk Mexican chorizo, crumbled

½ yellow onion, diced

1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced

½ teaspoon pure chile powder

¼ teaspoon ground cumin

¼ teaspoon Mexican oregano

1 cup shredded Monterey jack

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar

2 tablespoons minced cilantro

 

Heat a medium, heavy sauté pan over medium-high heat until very hot but not smoking. Add the oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the sausage and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, tossing about 2 times, until nearly cooked through and crusty and brown in spots.* Reduce the heat to medium, add the onion, and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes, or until soft. Add the garlic, chile powder, cumin, and Mexican oregano and sauté for another 1 to 2 minutes, or until fragrant. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool.

 

Preheat the broiler. Add the jack and cheddar to the sausage mixture and toss to combine. Divide among 4 individual baking dishes, arrange the baking dishes on a baking tray, and broil for about 3 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and golden brown. Sprinkle the fundidos with the cilantro and serve immediately.

 

Serves 4. Serve with plenty of Guajillo Salsa to spice it up, warm flour or corn tortillas for scooping, and possibly some Traditional Margaritas. Makes a great appetizer for any Mexican or Southwestern meal. If you can’t find bulk chorizo sausage, get some links of chorizo and remove the casings. Dried Mexican oregano, which has a unique floral character, can be found at some gourmet grocers and (usually for less than a dollar) at any Mexican market. If you can’t find it, just omit it from the recipe; don’t substitute common oregano. Also delicious with smoked cheddar.