When you think about the cheeses that you use the most when cooking, you probably think about the usual cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan and more. There are several different types of cheese that are used to create delicious Mexican dishes as well. They often differ from the ones we are used to using in our own cooking. Eddie’s Mexican Restaurant is here to talk about the many different types of cheeses you will see in Mexican cuisine.
Many Mexican Dishes are Made with Fresh Cheeses
All of the cheeses that are used in Mexican dishes are delicious. They may have similarities too. Many of them are fresh cheeses that are going to give the dishes they are flavoring a creamy taste that is simply irresistible. Most Mexican cheeses are made from cow’s milk while there are a couple that are made from goat’s milk. Following are the different cheeses you may see when you eat Mexican food.
– Queso Fresco: This cheese literally translates to “fresh cheese.” It is usually made of cow’s milk but can also be made of a combination of cow’s milk and goat’s milk as well. While this cheese has a mild flavor, it is creamy and can pack a tangy-sour kick. It is often used to garnish dishes and soups, as well as balance dishes that can be heavier like enchiladas.
– Cotija: Some people think of cotija cheese as Mexican parmesan because it has a similar crumbly texture to it. While it can get softer when it is warmed up, it won’t ever completely melt. It is a cheese that is used to top tacos, salads and even soups and pastas.
– Queso Blanco: Translated, queso Blanco means white cheese. It is certainly white and often compared to a mixture of both mozzarella and cottage cheese. It is made from skim cow’s milk. This is often the cheese of choice when you are filling enchiladas, stuffed peppers and folded into grains because of the texture when it is heated.
– Queso Panela: This is another light flavored cheese. The closest cheese to it in texture and flavor is sliced Halloumi. It is often used when making sandwiches, omelets and casseroles.
– Queso Oaxaca: If you are making a dish that needs melted cheese, Oaxaca is the cheese you would use. It has a taste that is similar to Monterey Jack and is incredibly creamy. You would use this cheese when making quesadillas, grilled cheese sandwiches or a queso dip.
– Jack: Monterey Jack, often shortened to “Jack” is a Californian white, semi-hard cheese made using cow’s milk. It has a mild flavor and a slight sweetness. It is found in many dishes including baja pizzas, enchiladas and stuffed peppers.
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