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Cheese Fondue with Chipotle and Tequila

By laurasrecipes |

Happy National Cheese Fondue Day! If you needed an excuse to enjoy fondue, a national holiday is a good one. When I think about what would make the absolute ultimate combination of flavors in a fondue… this recipe is it. Chef Viviane Bauquet Farre has taken the traditional gooey cheesy recipe and enhanced with with just a little southwestern flair. Make this as an unforgettable appetizer for your next party.

Cheese Fondue with Chipotle and Tequila

makes approximately 2 cups (4 servings)


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup Reposado Tequila or Mezcal
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 8 oz Monterey Jack cheese – coarsely grated
  • 12 oz aged Fontina cheese – coarsely grated
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons canned chipotle pepper in spicy adobo sauce, to taste – puréed
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 sourdough or whole wheat baguette – cut in 1/2″ cubes

Step 1: Place the cornstarch and the Tequila in a small bowl. Set aside.

Step 2: Place the wine in a medium saucepan and heat over medium-high heat. As soon as the wine starts to simmer, gradually add the grated cheese and whisk constantly until completely melted and smooth. Reduce heat to medium and add the cornstarch/Tequila mixture, chipotle and salt (careful not to dribble on the stove now, alcohol is very flammable!). Continue to whisk for 1 to 2 minutes until slightly thickened. Remove from heat.

Step 3: Place the cheese mixture in a fondue bowl with a flame under it to keep it warm. Serve with long fondue forks and the bread cubes or other morsels of your choice.

photo credit: Chef Viviane Bauquet Farre

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Laura Levy is the owner of the marketing and PR/media company Gourmet Media Group. She is the food writer behind the popular website Laura', and was previously a contributor to Babble's Food channel. She resides in Colorado with her family.

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0 thoughts on “Cheese Fondue with Chipotle and Tequila

  1. Cookin' Canuck says:

    We absolutely adore cheese fondue and this version is so original.

  2. Love this, Laura! I never thought of breaking tradition with the alcohol choices, but this is perfect!

  3. Mimi says:

    Can’t wait to try this fondue with such creative flavor! We’ll be serving it with slices of fresh avocado too! Cheese and avocado…two of the basic food groups. Oh…and wine too. (My husband will be thrilled to add the tequila!)

  4. Laura says:

    Hi, I’m a little confused by this line – •2 to 3 teaspoons chipotle in spicy adobo sauce, to taste – puréed
    Its doesnt say how to create the adobo sauce. What is adobo sauce?

    1. laurasrecipes says:

      Hi Laura. Chipotle peppers are essentially canned smoked jalapenos that are already in an adobo sauce (which is a tomato sauce w/ a smoky hot flavor) You can find this an just about any grocery
      store. You can either add just the sauce or you can the pepper itself, puree’ and add to the recipe. It depends on how hot you like it. I usually use 2 tsp of the adobo and 1 pepper. Hope that clears it up! -Laura

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