Cotija is a hand-made dry aged cheese similar to Parmesan with a nutty-salty flavor, used crumbled over enchiladas and bean dishes. White, salty, and somewhat granular, Cotija softens but does not actually melt when heated. When fresh, it bears a resemblance in flavor and texture to Feta cheese.
Not just for tacos, enchiladas and quesadillas; Cotija cheese is excellent in gratins, salads, pizzas, and pastas. A popular street vendor treat in Mexico is a roasted ear of corn spread with mayonnaise and rolled in crumbled Cotija cheese then dusted with chili powder and lime juice.
Cotija is named after the town of origin in Michoacán.
- Bell peppers
- Olive oil
- Onions, red
- Pasta, fresh
- Vinegar, red wine