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Cotija

Cotija is a Hispanic-style cheese named after the town of Cotija in the Mexican state of Michoacán. This hard, crumbly Mexican cheese is made mainly from cow’s milk.

When the cheese is made, it is white, fresh and salty thus bearing immense resemblance to feta cheese. However, with aging it becomes hard and crumbly like Parmigiano-Reggiano. Its similarity with Parmesan has earned it the nickname "Parmesan of Mexico". The aged version of Cotija is referred to as "anejo".

Traditionally, Cotija cheese was made with raw milk aged for three to twelve months. But the commercial productions add an enzyme to speed up the ripening process. This need for acceleration gives the commercial produce a slight change in flavor compared to the artisanal variety.

Since, Cotija cheese is very salty, strongly flavored, firm and does not actually melt, it is used for grating on salads, soups, casseroles, tacos, tostadas and chili. In Mexico, it is also widely used to enhance the flavor of many savory dishes by mixing directly into the casserole or recipe. In the U.S. it is increasingly popular on pasta. It is typically shredded onto cooked foods, also in salads and with fruit.

  • Made from cow's milk
  • Country of origin: Mexico
  • Region: Michoacán and Jalisco
  • Type: fresh firm, artisan
  • Texture: crumbly and dense
  • Rind: rindless
  • Color: white

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Jul 24
See that plate? I licked it. Seared corn, cotija cheese, & smoked paprika. @MFKchicago #chicago pic.twitter.com/KkiWnF2ruG
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Jul 23
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Jul 21
Deep-fried avocados with fried Cotija cheese, poblano pesto and roasted tomatoes. ow.ly/zoPVU #Thrillunch pic.twitter.com/NVrHFPVzYv
Jul 16
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Jul 14
Meatless Monday? Chipotle black beans topped with pico de gallo, cotija cheese, cilantro and toasted pumpkin seeds. pic.twitter.com/ds2TFsnINl
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Our Taco Salad is packed w/ Avocado, Croutons, Hell Grande Sauce, Refried Beans, Cotija Cheese & more... Dig in! pic.twitter.com/jMhefYMuCe
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@BigGreenEgg grilled corn w jalapeño garlic compound butter and cotija cheese! #spectacular pic.twitter.com/0hugxyeRTH
Jul 11
Tonight at @noshtavern lobster and corn chowder. Bacon, sriracha, cornbread croutons and cotija cheese. #eatlocal pic.twitter.com/b3WR6uKeDS
Jul 10
Tasty summer salad with watermelon, pecans, snap peas, cotija cheese, grilled strawberry dressing at @WashingtonDuke pic.twitter.com/jCBJvBGD77
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