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Where can I buy real Chihuahua cheese?

kiwi Aug 15, 2006 08:59 PM

I saw an old episode of Martha Stewart, today. There was a lady on who made a "Mexican Fondue," using Chihuahua cheese. As soon as she said it I remebered having it in Chicago and loving it. Where can I buy it here? I'm not looking for something that is like Chihuahua cheese, I wan't the real deal (with out having to/getting to go to Chicago). If it's known by another name here, please advise. THANK YOU THANK YOU!
love,
kiwi
...there I go again with the love...

  1. Dommy Aug 15, 2006 09:12 PM

    IIRC, Chihuahua is a BRAND of cheese, not really Cheese based on the Chihuahua style... It is true, it's a melting cheese.

    Sadly Supremo doesn't distribute out here. We're strictly a Cacique city...

    From my experience, Chihuahua is very similar to Oxacan Cheese you can get pretty much at any Mexican Supermarket. Cacique also makes a Quesadilla cheese which they claim is their Fundio/Melting Cheese...

    --Dommy!

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    1. re: Dommy
      kiwi Aug 15, 2006 10:04 PM

      Thank you, dear Dommy!

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        alohaanna Jul 14, 2008 11:20 AM

        Have you tried going to Vallarta's cheese counter and asking them?
        I found a truly great Monterey Jack from Monterey, Mexico that makes every other Monterey Jack I've had a pale comparison. They might be able to help you on this.

      2. SilverlakeGirl Aug 15, 2006 10:24 PM

        Chihuahua cheese is usually the most famous cheese from that area ... Queso Memonitas. Originally made by the Monnonites in that area and now made widely, it is a white melting cheese.

        My personal experience is that real Menonitas cheese does not resemble any other Mexican cheese and shouldn't be substituted. The exception would be in melted xheese dishes which you mention. But it is superb as a stand alone cheese.

        Where to get it is the probem. I used to frequest a cheese stand in El Mercado for many years where I would stock up when I was there. Every once in awhile get a hankering and look for it to no avail.

        I have not tried the Alameda Swap Meet and have high hopes for finding real Queso Menonitas there.

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          Will Owen Aug 16, 2006 01:45 AM

          The Supremo brand mentioned above, from Chicago, must be a good copy; it is not, for instance, hard to find Mennonite cheese-makers in that part of the world, too! Anyway, I used to get the Supremo peppered Chihuahua in Nashville, and it's like no other jalapeño cheese I've been able to find. The Cacique stuff is too much like a processed cheese, gooey and almost too rich, and all the jacks are just not rich-tasting enough. Only May-Bud comes close, IMO.

          1. re: Will Owen
            kiwi Aug 16, 2006 01:58 AM

            Will, can I buy May-Bud here?

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              Will Owen Apr 17, 2008 05:44 PM

              I've seen it at Ralphs - I guess it's distributed by Kroger. Don't remember if I've seen it at Gelson's or Bristol Farms...but you might look.

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            abnerkl Oct 18, 2007 06:35 AM

            My parents come from this back ground and my dad worked in the cheese factory when he was a kid I have had the real Queso Mennonitas when in Chihuahua visiting Family and I can not say there is not another cheese that is as good....each little Mennonite has milking cows and they sell all the milk to the local cheese factories ...

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            El Duranguense Feb 28, 2007 03:12 PM

            Hi Kiwi
            If you still have not found the cheese and you are still interested....I know where to find that kind of delicious cheese. Please let me know.

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              bennorthenor Mar 16, 2007 04:54 PM

              Please Please Please let me know where to get the Chiahuahua Cheese or Mennonite Cheese. I have been looking everywhere in Los Angeles and can't find it anywhere. Thanks in Advance.

              ben

              1. re: bennorthenor
                Dommy Mar 16, 2007 05:36 PM

                I believe I've seen it at one of the butchers on the second level of el Mercado in ELA...

                --Dommy!

            2. ozzygee Feb 28, 2007 04:26 PM

              I think the Cacique Asadero cheese has the right melting properties you're looking for in a fondue. And it should be easy enough to find.

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                tmpruyn Nov 9, 2007 04:36 PM

                Cacique asadero tastes like Kraft singles. It's hard to believe there aren't better cheeses available in Los Angeles.

                Where is El Mercado?

                1. re: tmpruyn
                  Dommy Apr 17, 2008 10:30 PM

                  First and Lorena in ELA.

                  Also, in the past two years, Lala, a Mexican Milk company has entered the market and they have a Chihuahua style cheese. I need to investigate if they will distribute it in the U.S. because Supremo has been VERY protective of their brand...

                  --Dommy!

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                    Eat_Nopal Jul 14, 2008 11:17 AM

                    Their Asadero has gotten pretty bad... I stopped using it in the late '90s. Their Monterrey Jack however (the round wheel) is surprisingly good and has that subtle almost sourdough flavor you find in real Chihuhua / Menonita cheeses.

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                  LuluTheMagnificent Apr 17, 2008 12:36 PM

                  Have we still not found this cheese?

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                    Aunt Jenny Jul 14, 2008 10:52 AM

                    In case anyone's still interested, you can often find very nice Chihuahua (or, more frequently, Oaxaca) cheese in bulk in the meat case at Mexican markets. Cacique's stuff is nasty, indeed; you'd be better off with plain ol', store-brand Monterey Jack.

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                      LuluTheMagnificent Oct 14, 2008 10:09 AM

                      I still cannot find it!

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                      Borderpundit Oct 14, 2008 04:28 PM

                      kiwi, I think the "Mexican fondue" referred to might be Queso Fundido... a melted cheese, often containing green chiles or chorizo, that is served with tortillas. Spoon the cheese into the tortillas, fold and enjoy bliss.

                      Seek out any Mexican grocery store and you're likely to find imported (or pretty good US-made Mexican style) cheese.

                      Here on the Border, it's no problem to find Asadero or "Queso Quesadilla." There is also Oaxaca available in some places. The melting cheeses are mild and easily found... wherever there is a Mexican market. Find one -- you'll be stunned by the quality and how much you can use in your cooking.

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                        chef veronica May 25, 2009 04:15 PM

                        If anyone is looking for the el chihauhau cheese they carry it at your local walmart, go to section where the cream cheese etc...its in a round wheel wrapped in clear plastic it reads el chihauhau supremo melting cheese.

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                          Eat_Nopal May 25, 2009 04:38 PM

                          Note that there is a brand of cheese called Chihuahua that is just okay, mass produced stuff... not at all to be confused with the artisinal cheeses made in and around Chihuahua city & Cuauhtemoc city in Chihuahua state... that is like comparing a great, artisinal brie with the President brand stuff.

                          1. re: chef veronica
                            SilverlakeGirl May 25, 2009 04:46 PM

                            I am going to have to ask a real cheesemonger. I have not seen this in LA for a very long time. Perhaps the Beverly Hills Cheese Store or Silver Lake.

                            But I would never characterize it as a "melting cheese".

                            Did you check the country of origin? If it's not Chihuahua, MX, it's not real Chihuahua Mennonitas cheese.

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