Chilli Caciotta (La Cocina Caciotta) is a semi-soft cheese by Dallas based Mozzarella Company. It is a Texas version of Monterey jack that is uniformly mottled throughout with a blend of spicy chillies. Produced with pasteurized cow's milk, the cheese is aged for two months. Chilli Caciotta is also available in two other variations:
– Ancho Chile: a less spicy version
– La Cocina: a spicy version
Chilli Caciotta has a smooth, thick texture with spicy, warm aromas of pepper and cinnamon. Flavours are mild, creamy with a hint of salt. The kick of peppery spicyness builds up slowly in the mouth, evocative of enchilada sauce and jalapeno peppers. Accompany the cheese with a Syrah, a Rioja or with a Mexican beer such as Modelo Especial.
Other American cheeses: