Queso Lava Cakes Recipe

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Esther Shelton Modified: March 25, 2022
Queso Lava Cakes Recipe

How To Make Queso Lava Cakes

These Mexican-inspired queso lava cakes are bursting with American, Monterey Jack, and cream cheese! There’s also tasty pico de gallo and chipotle peppers.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes
Freeze Time: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 45 minutes



For Queso:

  • 4ozcream cheese,at room temperature
  • 4ozamerican cheese,at room temperature
  • 4tbspunsalted butter,softened
  • ½cupMonterey Jack cheese,shredded
  • ¼cuppico de gallo,drained

For Lava Cakes:

  • non-stick cooking spray,for greasing
  • 1 ¼cupsall-purpose flour,divided
  • ½cupyellow cornmeal
  • 1tbspsugar
  • ½tspbaking powder
  • 1tspkosher salt
  • ¾cupwhole milk
  • ¼cupcanola oil
  • 1largeegg
  • 2tbspfresh chives,sliced
  • 1tbspchipotle pepper in adobo sauce,drained and diced

For Garnish:

  • ½cupsour cream
  • ½lbchorizo,cooked
  • 4fresh cilantro leaves
  • ¼cuphot sauce



  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, processed American cheese, butter, and Monterey Jack cheese, and mix with an electric hand mixer on medium speed until smooth and combined.

  3. Add the drained pico de gallo and mix with a rubber spatula to incorporate.

  4. Using a ¼ cup measure, scoop out 4 heaping portions of the queso onto the prepared baking sheet. Freeze for at least 2 hours up to overnight until completely hardened.

Lava cakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Arrange four 10-ounce ramekins on a baking sheet. Grease with non-stick spray and dust each with 1 tablespoon of flour, rotating until the ramekins are well coated and tapping out any excess.

  3. In a large bowl, stir together the remaining cup of flour, the cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, milk, canola oil, egg, chives, and chipotles with a rubber spatula until well combined.

  4. Fill each ramekin with 2 tablespoons of the batter and place 1 frozen queso ball in the centers, making sure to keep at least ¼ inch of space between the queso and the sides of the ramekin. Divide the remaining batter between the ramekins.

  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until puffed and golden brown on the top. Let cool for 5 minutes before inverting onto plates.

  6. Garnish each lava cake with a dollop of sour cream, chorizo crumbles, a cilantro leaf, and a drizzle of hot sauce, then serve immediately. Enjoy!


  • Calories: 1382.86kcal
  • Fat: 78.50g
  • Saturated Fat: 34.22g
  • Trans Fat: 0.52g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 30.45g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 8.27g
  • Carbohydrates: 124.22g
  • Fiber: 4.44g
  • Sugar: 9.29g
  • Protein: 43.28g
  • Cholesterol: 210.46mg
  • Sodium: 1754.25mg
  • Calcium: 459.10mg
  • Potassium: 729.54mg
  • Iron: 8.60mg
  • Vitamin A: 367.99µg
  • Vitamin C: 15.62mg
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