Take a Dip: South-of-the-Border Fondue

This bright orange fondue flecked with green herbs is full of flavor.

| December/January 1999

 Serves 6 to 8  

Its spiciness will depend on the pungency of the ground red chile (a powder made from grinding dried chile pods, which is very different in flavor and texture from chili powder, a combination of dried chiles, herbs, spices, salts, and often additives). I use a combination of Chimayo, ancho, and chipotle chiles; the last gives the dish a smoky flavor. I prefer a dark, slightly bitter Mexican beer; use a lighter brew if you prefer.

• 4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
• 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon unbleached white flour
• 1/4 cup finely minced onion
• 2 teaspoons corn or vegetable oil
• 2 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed
• 1 tablespoon ground red chile (for medium-hot fondue; adjust to taste)
• 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground cumin seed
• 1 1/4 cups beer at room temperature
• 1/3 cup finely minced cilantro
• Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Dippers: bread cubes; corn chips; ­radishes; cherry tomatoes; spring onions; ­jicama; jalapeño, serrano, Anaheim, and/or bell peppers; slightly steamed carrots; broccoli; cauliflower; and/or green or yellow squash

1. Toss the cheese and flour in a bowl to blend.

2. Sauté the onion in the oil for 2 or 3 minutes over medium heat. Add the garlic, stir for 1 minute, add the ground chile and cumin and stir 1 minute longer. Add the beer and bring just to a simmer. Reduce the heat and cook for a few minutes longer; do not boil. Whisk in a few handfuls of cheese, then gradually stir in the remainder until all the cheese is melted and just begins to bubble. Stir in the cilantro and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.



September 12-13, 2019
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania

Fermentation Frenzy! is produced by Fermentation magazine in conjunction with the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR. This one-and-a-half day event is jam-packed with fun and informative hands-on sessions.


Subscribe today and save 58%

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living !

Mother Earth LivingWelcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $19.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $24.95.

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds

click me