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Kimchi Queso Dip
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Make all your kimchi cheese dreams come true.
Course: Appetizer, Booze Food, Snack, Superbowl Party Food
Cuisine: Fusion Food
Keyword: KImchi Queso Cheese Dip
Servings: 4
Author: The Subversive Table
  • 1 lb/250g extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Gochukaru (Korean chile flakes) or chile powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese grated
  • 1 1/2 cup cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 1/2 cup kimchi, divided chopped into small-sized bites
  • Handful chopped cilantro or green onion optional garnish
  1. Heat oven to 350F/ 175C.
  2. Heat a 10 inch cast-iron skillet to medium heat. Add 1 Tbsp neutral oil (I used grapeseed oil). When the pan is hot, add the onion, red bell pepper, gochukaru, cumin, and salt. Saute until the vegetables are softened and slightly browned, about 5-8 minutes.

  3. Add 1/2 cup kimchi and saute until the color is golden and orange-y, about 3-4 minutes.  

  4. Increase heat to medium high. Add ground beef and break up chunks with a wooden spoon until cooked through and brown, about 5-8 minutes. Make sure to mix the ground beef with the vegetable mixture so that it’s well combined.

    Kimchi Queso Cheese Dip
  5. Remove from heat. Add cheese. Gently mix with a fork until well combined.
    Kimchi queso cheese dip
  6. Transfer to the oven and bake for 5-10 minutes. The goal is for the cheese to gently melt. Watch carefully so that the cheese does not overcook and harden too much.
    kimchi queso cheese dip
  7. Remove from oven. Add (uncooked) kimchi to the middle in a small mound. Garnish with cilantro and green onion, if desired.

    Kimchi Queso Cheese Dip
  8. Serve immediately with plenty of tortilla chips and hot sauce. 

    kimchi queso cheese dip
Recipe Notes

*The cheese will gradually harden as it cools. If it hardens too much, reheat in a 350F/175C oven for a few minutes until the cheese melts into runny puddles once again.

**If you don't own a cast-iron skillet, cook in a regular pot/skillet up to step 3.  Transfer contents to an oven-proof bowl and mix in the cheese.  Then bake for 5-10 minutes, as per usual.