EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- There are over 600 varieties, types and styles of cheese in Wisconsin. Today we’re featuring a few different varieties of Hispanic-style cheeses. We’re seeing that people are buying and eating more Hispanic-style cheeses and you might be surprised to learn many of these cheeses are made right here in Wisconsin. Grocery stores throughout the state carry a wide variety of Hispanic- style cheeses. Cheeses like cotija, queso blanco, queso fresco and queso quesadilla. They can range from mild to hot and spicy so there’s something for everyone’s preferred level of heat.
Wisconsin produces almost a third of our nation’s Hispanic-style cheese. That’s 85.4 million pounds in 2016!
We know Wisconsin is known for making award-winning cheese. There is no exception when it comes to Hispanic-style cheeses. Wisconsin cheese companies have won many awards in recent cheese competitions and have won 35 awards for Wisconsin Queso Quesadilla Cheese.
There are three basic styles of Hispanic cheeses: fresh, melting and aged.
• Fresh is the largest group of this type of cheese and includes: queso fresco (kay-so fres-co) and queso blanco (kay-so blonk’-o). These are non-melting cheeses.
• Queso quesadilla (kay’-so kay’sa-dee-ya) is a great melting cheese. Great for melting in your favorite quesadilla!
• Cotija (ko-tee’-ha) is an example of an aged Hispanic-cheese. Cotija is a great option to sprinkle over tacos or other Mexican dishes.
Chicken and Spinach Quesadillas with Queso Quesadilla Cheese
• Queso quesadilla originated in Northern Mexico and is a great, rich melting cheese.
• When this cheese melts, it will give you a smooth, creamy consistency making it ideal for using in quesadillas.
• It made tortilla turnovers famous and gave them their name, “quesadillas”.
• Its versatility makes it the perfect choice for many traditional Mexican-style dishes or in place of any other traditional melting cheese.
• Quesadillas are the perfect solution when you need something quick, easy and filling for dinner. Pair it with fruit or a salad and serve with a side of salsa, guacamole, or sour cream and you have a dinner everyone will love.