I love Mexican food. In fact, sometimes on long runs I dream about the margarita I am going to have later. However, my stepping inside a Mexican restaurant is dangerous territory. Before we even order, before our food even arrives, I have already consumed about 10,000 calories because I go nuts with the chips and salsa. It is ridiculous. And no, I cannot stop it.
We have a great little restaurant near us in Lincoln Square in Chicago that we love to go to. Garcia’s might not serve the most traditional of Mexican food but it is greasy and tasty and everything I dream about during my long run. And since I get rungry, we always go for an early Saturday dinner (like 5:30pm) because there is always a wait and this hungry runner cannot manage to wait for her chips and salsa.
A few weeks ago Rock went out with his brothers for a little afternoon adventure and we had planned to meet up later for dinner. It was a Saturday and we had done a long group run earlier in the day so it was basically assumed that we would head over to Garcia’s when he got home. After my lazy post run nap I was feeling a bit antsy and adventurous so I decided to head out and get my own fixings for a Mexican fiesta. I did a little research and found that one of our favorite recipes, queso fundido, is incredibly easy to make.
Okay, this recipe is not the healthiest thing around. What I love about this is how you can whip it up in just a few minutes, pop it in the oven, and feed a bunch of hungry mouths. This would be a perfect appetizer for a party, especially if you were to throw in some salty margaritas too. I didn’t think we needed to eat five pounds of cheese or chorizo so I made a few batches and cooked them in small Corningware ramekins. These were the perfect size for two and if you did this for a party you could scatter them around several buffets.
1 package of chorizo (about 5 or 6 links)
1 large package of Chihuahua cheese (or mozzarella)
Hot sauce (optional)
Preheat oven to 350º. Remove chorizo from casings and cook over stove top until crumbly and mostly done. Spray ramekins with cooking spray. Cover each ramekin with a layer of cheese followed by chorizo. Add another layer of cheese and chorizo and then pop into the oven. Rock prefers spicier food than I do so he adds a dab of hot sauce too. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.
Serve with warm tortillas or chips.
What is your go to food after a long run? Do you have self control when it comes to tortilla chips?