April 1, 2010 4:35 PM
Queso Fresco
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TAGS: Cheese , Farmers , Feta , Food , Fresco , Mexican , Mexico , Queso , Queso Blanco , Queso Fresco
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Queso Fresco, which translates to Fresh Cheese, can be found throughout Mexico with slightly different variations. It is also called Queso de Pueblo,  Queso de Rancho and sometimes just Queso Blanco. In some small towns it may be found sold wrapped in banana leaves and if you are lucky, in the small baskets where they are sometimes made.

It generally comes in rounds. Though it appears to be  firm and can hold its shape nicely when cut into sticks or squares, it is very soft and crumbles easily. It is used in many ways, such as a side to guacamole and salsas, crumbled on top of hundreds of antojos like tacos, tostadas, enchiladas, refried beans and even soups. I also love it diced or crumbled in salads. Possibilities are endless (continue for more information and photo).

It is mild, slightly salty, very fresh and a bit tangy. If you can't find it -though these days it is readily available abroad, not only in Latin stores but also in places like Costco- you can substitute it with a farmers' cheese or a mild young feta.

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One of the wonderful things about Queso Fresco, is that even if you cut it in sticks or squares, once in your mouth, it deliciously crumbles....

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soy nueva por estos lugares, podrias decirme donde puedo comprar estos quesos de mexico en washington o en virginia???

te lo agradeceria mucho

maria elena naranjo | August 17, 2010 9:14 PM

Hola Maria Elena,
Estos dias puedes encontrar en muchos lugares! Yo he econcontrado queso Oaxaca y Fresco en lugares como Giant. Tambien puedes buscar en Shoppers, en tiendas Latinas, en DC hay una que se llama Panam, en la calle 14 con Parkwood NW que tiene mucha variedad...

Pati Jinich replied to comment from maria elena naranjo | August 21, 2010 1:38 PM

Hello Patti, I love love your shows on create, I have a question about making bean and cheese breakfast tacos, what kind of cheese do you use to make these tacos? I have a grandson that loves bean and cheese tacos from Taco Cabana (restaurant in Texas) but I cannot reproduce them. Not sure if it is the cheese or what. I use Cheddar Cheese. Do you ever use cheddar cheese in any of your dishes? I need help. Thanks Diane

Diane | July 16, 2012 8:49 PM

Hola Diane, About making the bean and cheese breakfast tacos, I would use a cheese that is mild and melts easily that won't overpower the beans like a Monterey Jack, Oaxaca or Mozzarella. Yes, I use cheddar cheese depending on the dish. If you have anymore questions, just let me know!

Pati Jinich replied to comment from Diane | July 19, 2012 10:32 AM