Most Popular Cheeses Used in Cooking Mexican Dishes

Mexican food is famous and popular around the world for its variety and delicious taste. The great regional variety in Mexican cuisine is likely to cater for most taste preferences. And Mexican cheese is one of the ingredients that takes Mexican food from great to excellent.

Most Mexican cheese is made from cow’s milk, although there are some varieties made from goat’s milk. Some of the factors that make Mexican cheese different from cheeses from elsewhere in the world are that they’re all relatively young cheeses, and often handmade with a short shelf life. This has made it difficult in the past to enhance Mexican cuisine with authentic tasting Mexican cheese.

Australian’s love Mexican food and now can access a quality Mexican cheese blend. Pure Dairy’s Mexican Shredded Cheese Blend offers a unique four cheese blend that provides an authentic Mexican taste.



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If you are planning to make a Mexican dish and wondering which cheese to use to make it memorable, here is the list of some of the most popular cheese for Mexican cuisines to help you out.

Monterey Jack Cheese

Monterey Jack is a commonly used cheese in Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine. It is popular for its mild flavour and slight sweetness.

It is a semi-firm and creamy cheese made from cows milk and is aged for a short period. The taste and texture of this cheese is similar to cheddar. Its high moisture means it melts quickly and well, and it can be mixed with literally anything.

Monterey Jack also comes in different variants as Dry Jack (an aged version) and Pepper Jack (a spicy version flavoured with pepper and herbs).

Natural Cheddar Cheese

As the name suggests, natural cheddar cheese is made using natural ingredients like cows milk (matured for several months), enzymes and sometimes color. It is a semi-hard cheese which is widely popular with Mexican food.

The taste of this cheese differs according to its age, and its color can vary from white to yellow. It is mostly firm in texture which makes this cheese a great addition to any Mexican or Tex-Mex dishes!

Queso Quesadilla Cheese

Queso asadero or queso quesadilla is a commonly used cheese in Mexican dishes like quesadillas, queso fundido or any cheese-topped baked dishes. It is a smooth, creamy flavor semi-soft white Mexican cheese that melts so quickly which can be used as a replacement for most melting cheeses.

Oaxaca Cheese

Oaxaca cheese is more commonly referred to as Quesillo. It is a white, semihard cheese from Mexico, which is similar to unaged Monterey Jack but has a stringy texture similar to mozzarella. You can easily separate it with your finger.



It is made with raw cows milk curds and braided into a ball shape. This cheese has a mild to sweet flavour, and due to its quickly melting property, it is commonly used in variety of Mexican and non-Mexican dishes like pizzas, nachos, or cheese-topped dishes.

Mexican Shredded Blend Cheese

Pure Dairy’s Mexican Shred Blend is a mixture of four of the most popular Mexican cheeses: natural cheddar, Monterey Jack, queso asadero and queso quesadilla which provide an authentic Mexican taste and texture to your dish.

It is a perfect and ready to use shredded cheese mix for Mexican or Tex Mex dishes. You can use it as a melted topping or for preparing side dishes, as it melts and blends easily in the dish. And the best part is, you can freeze this cheese to make it last longer.