Tex-Mex Cheese Fondue

"I went to a fancy Fondue restaurant with my daughter and can't wait to try making fondue myself--it seems so easy! I thought this would be a great recipe to start with. Recipe source: Bon Appetit (February 1990)"
photo by a food.com user photo by a food.com user
Ready In:


  • 1 14 lbs gruyere or 1 1/4 lbs swiss cheese, grated
  • 1 lb monterey jack cheese, grated
  • 14 cup flour
  • 2 garlic cloves, halved
  • 2 12 cups white wine
  • 3 tablespoons tequila
  • 14 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons jalapeno peppers, chopped (use the seeds too for an extra kick)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • For dipping

  • crusty bread cubes (the restaurant I went to used an assortment of breads, I thought this is a great way to use leftover)
  • sausage, cooked and sliced (kielbasa or hot Italian)
  • vegetables, sliced in big chunks


  • Place both cheese in a large bowl and add flour, toss.
  • Rub inside of fondue pot with garlic. Discard garlic.
  • Add wine and tequila to pot and warm over medium heat until tiny bubbles appear.
  • Add one handful of cheese mixture to wine mixture and stir constantly until cheese melts. ADJUST HEAT SO MIXTURE DOES NOT BOIL.
  • Repeat with remaining cheese; stirring until thick. Stir in cilantro and chilies and season with salt and pepper.
  • Set pot over candles or Sterno on serving table. Serve with skewers of bread cubes, sausages and/or vegetables.
  • Serve with tortilla chips if desired.

Questions & Replies

default avatar
Got a question? Share it with the community!


  1. lazyme
    This was good. I used Swiss cheese and used kielbasa, veggies, and bread cubes for the dippers. If you use kielbasa - you might want to warm it up a bit first - the cheese cools off very quickly on something that's cool. Good taste, but think I might use a little more garlic next time (but of course, I'm a huge garlic lover). Thanks ellie!


<p>I love cooking and trying different foods, but my favorite cookbooks are now Weight Watchers or low fat/low cal cookbooks as I tend to try and make low fat/low cal recipes. I lost over 90 pounds on Weight Watchers and have maintained for over a year now -- so my cooking/eating habits have changed drastically following my weight loss and to keep it off!</p>
View Full Profile

Find More Recipes