Happy Fiesta Friday everyone!  The time has come, and I am beyond excited to co-host this blogging ‘partay’ with the addition of this yummy dip that I made with my gals at a girls day earlier this week.  Who’s gonna join me?

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For those of you who might be new to the blog I am just a regular gal with mediocre cooking skills learning new ways to prepare meals that I can share with family and friends. I first started the blog a few years ago as a space to grieve and reflect on my mother’s passing.  My time in the kitchen is a form of therapy, however this space has surpassed my expectations. Over the last several years I’ve made dishes I’d never thought I could prepare, I’ve met folks from around the world with perspectives that push my thinking, and I’ve re-connected with my roots by learning about and celebrating the kitchen masters that came before me.fundity behind the scenes.JPG

Typically, before writing about the recipe I reflect on something from the week or something I’ve been pondering.  Interestingly, this week, my week started off with a somewhat freeky series of events that all reminded me of my mother.  First, as I was driving to the dentist the blue skies opened and it began to downpour. A sunshower! This was a weather phenomena that always made us chuckle and now whenever I see them I smile. I didn’t think much of it and returned my attention to the road a bit happier than I was a moment before.  Then, my ears focused in on the radio show that was playing which was a discussion with some Dana Farber Cancer Institute doctors reviewing their recent medical study successes and dilemmas. I found it interesting to hear about treatments that mom had participated in. But then, when I finally walked into the dentist, there was a quilting craft show on the television. THATs when my brain said woah – that’s three distinct things in a 30 minute period… I don’t usually think things are signs, but I truly felt that mom was sending me a quick love note letting me know that she was saying hi and that she was with me.

As the icing on the cake, I then had my teeth cleaned by the hygienist who my parents saw for the last 40 years.   The appointment lasted far longer than usual as we were reminiscing, looking at old pictures, and sharing stories including her informing me that “I saw your mother when she was pregnant with both you and your brother!”

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Lastly, I know many of you are mostly here for this, here is the latest photo of our new pup Toby. We named him after Toby Ziegler from the West Wing, and for those of you who watch he has turned out to be more like Sam, but we don’t hold it against him.

The recipe posted below came out of a girls day desire to cook up a new yummy appetizer that we could cook and enjoy while sipping wine and catching up on the porch. We used a Pioneer Woman recipe as the foundation but swapped in chorizo along with some pepper jack cheese.  The veggies and meat first cook stove-top and then are layered in with the cheese and quickly baked until they reach a perfectly ooey gooey consistency. 

Again, this recipe is posted to Fiesta Friday which is co-hosted this week by Jenny at Apply to Face Blog and me! I would love it if you came over and also posted a recipe to share – send me a note if you need any help.


  • Servings: 5-6
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Cheesy goodness witha bit of a kick. This warm dip puts the fun in fundito!


  • 4-5 sweet mini bell peppers
  • 3 roma tomatoes
  • 8 oz pepper jack cheese – shredded
  • 8 oz monterey jack cheese – shredded
  • 1 medium onion – diced
  • 1 chorizo sausage (apx 3 oz) – diced

Steps & Notes

  1. In a hot skillet, cook the sausage until cooked (or warmed if pre-cooked)
    • Note: No oil is necessary at this step with the use of the proper pan
  2. Add the onions and cook for another 4-5 minutes until the onions soften, then add the peppers and cook for another 3-4 minutes
  3. Then, in an oven safe baking dish (or cast iron pan) layer the cheese, then meat/veggies, and cheese, and more veggies.  End with a layer of cheese.
  4. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 5 minutes. You’ll want to watch it after 3 minutes or so to ensure that you remove it from the oven once the cheese melts
  5. Transfer to the broiler for another 3 minutes, again, watching closely to maintain the ooey gooey cheesy consistency.

Possible Modifications

  • Top with fresh avocado
  • Mix jalapenos into the dip
  • Cook in a cast iron skillet (which might retain the heat longer once the dip hits the table – Pioneer woman had it right with that decision)
  • Serve on corn tortillas rather than chips





  1. Oh I need this right now!


  2. I can confirm that this was delicious. Thanks for letting me crash girls day.


  3. mistimaan · · Reply

    Its tasty


  4. That so confused me seeing a Fiesta Friday post before the party started!😋 Sounds like a delicious dip… I’m intrigued to see if my vegan cheese would melt like that! Yummy! Have fun co-hosting and thank you too for hosting! ☺

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    1. I know, I was far too excited to host for my first time and so I pre-posted a bit early in the week. are you joining this weekend? Also, I’d LOVE to know if your vegan cheese melts like this – let me know!

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      1. I usually post then edit on a Friday 👍🏼Yes, I’ll try to pop over and join the Fiesta 😀I’ll let you know about the cheese. Have a great weekend. Thanks again for co-hosting.

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  5. While I need to cut back on it, I’m a serious cheesy fan. The meltier and flavorful the better! I love this dip idea and will bookmark this. And thanks for hosting at Fiesta Friday, a great place to visit!


  6. This is my kind of food! I actually made loaded nacho dip two days in a row this week. I even added kale and my kids didn’t even know it. All that cheese, lol. Thanks so much for cohosting. I hope you’re having fun! #fiestafriday

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    1. Ooh, what a great idea to add kale! I’m having such a blast, thank YOU for creating the space for everyone to share and connect.

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  7. Cheesy, spicy dips are always a hit with my family. Using fresh tomatoes and those mini peppers (I have a bag in the refrigerator) adds a lot of color and taste. Yes to the chorizo and as you suggested I would add jalapenos for an extra kick 🙂


  8. Oooh this looks so good.It is very timely too as I am looking for recipes right now to try out for next week and a girlie night!!Even more coincidences!!
    I love your flavour combos and the skillet idea. Can’t wait to try it!Thanks for sharing and hosting at #FiestaFriday


  9. I have wanted to try this app ever since I first heard about it and never have. I think because I thought I’d need some fancy Mexican cheese. Now I’m inspired to make it, and soon!

    I swear, even though I’m not superstitious, that I get messages from my Mom.


  10. Yum! My grandparents eat at a Mexican restaurant every Sunday. When I ate with them in middle school, I would order “Chori Pollo” (chicken topped with Queso Fundito). Thanks for sharing this recipe and co-hosting Fiesta Friday!


  11. Toby is so cute – he really did distract me from your dip – love the name Fundito!


  12. Wonderful recipe!


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