Pollo Fundido Chicken Recipe

It’s amazing how differently food is prepared from state to state. Being a born and bred Arizona native, I grew up eating Mexican inspired dishes.

When I moved to the east coast a few months ago, I experienced quite a bit of culture shock.  No more 24 hour Mexican places, no more fresh salsa, my neighbors don’t sell tamales, and nobody makes their own tortillas.

I decided to take matters into my own hands and figured out how to make my favorite Mexican entree right at home.

The Pollo Fundido.


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 can diced green chilies
  • 1/2 C italian salad dressing

Put all ingredients in crockpot. When chicken is cooked through, take it out and give it a rough chop. It will begin to shred on it’s own. Place chicken back in crockpot and stir.


  • 1- 8oz pkg. cream cheese
  • 1 C. sour cream
  • 1/2 C. half&half
  • 1 jalapeno, diced (I used roasted canned jalapenos, but you can use a fresh jalapeno, remember to remove the seeds.)
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

Mix all ingredients until creamy.

other ingredients-

  • flour tortillas, large
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • shredded cheese
  • green onions

Heat oil in large pot. While oil is heating, prepare a pan for fundido’s to rest on. (I used a cookie sheet, then put a lot of paper towels down to catch the oil, then put a cooling rack on top of that.) Turn oven to 350 degrees.

Put a big spoonful of chicken in the middle of the tortilla. Roll tortilla, making sure to close both ends. Use toothpicks or twine to keep the tortilla closed. Gently place the tortilla in the oil, being careful to avoid splashing. Cook until golden brown.

Remove from oil, and place on cooling rack. Take off twine, or remove toothpicks.  Transfer fundido’s to baking pan.Top with cream cheese mixture, then sprinkle cheese over the top. Place in oven until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Garnish with green onion.

Serve with Spanish rice and enjoy!

What do you think?



  1. 5

    I lived in Cave Creek and we use to frequent El Encanto restaurant. Of course I always ordered polo fundido which was excellent. Thanks for the recipe. Looking forward to making it.

  2. 6

    I’m thrilled to have found your Pollo Fundido recipe! My husband and I just moved from Arizona back to the east coast… Of course I was desperately seeking my favorite dish from El Encanto in Cave Creek. I’ll be testing your recipe out this week.

  3. 7

    Thank you so much for this recipe. On those rare occasions that we go out to dinner, this is my wife’s favorite dish. She was so pleased that ( with the help of this recipe ) I could make this at home. It tastes as good as, if not better than, the restaurant. A+ Mombabe. You are the best. By the way, I am also a fellow Arizonan.

  4. 8

    I was looking for a chicken fundido recipe and came across your site. I am an Arizona native so thought it would be fun to say hi. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. 9

    That sounds delicious!!