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My American friends and I are dying for a good homemade Mexican meal. I've looked at Whole Foods, Sainsburys, M&S, and Waitrose for Monterey Jack cheese. Has anyone had any luck?

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  1. I've never seen it in the UK - but then (imho) it's pretty crappy cheese so why would we bother importing it?! I'm no expert on Mexican food, but there must be a home-grown substitute. I read that at Wahaca they use Cheshire cheese in their food so maybe give that a try?

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    1. re: greedygirl

      I'm surprised at Cheshire as a choice - it's not at all a good grater. I'd also have thought bog standard supermarket Leicester or mild Cheddar would be more the mark.

      1. re: greedygirl

        It is, however, important to accept, greedygirl, that Wahaca is not truly Mexican - only a pastiche... and nothing proves that more than using Cheshire cheese in their food.

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        Wahaca
        66 Chandos Pl, London, Greater London WC2E 7, GB

      2. I've never seen it in a supermarket either. If you want to try a few more places, there's the John Lewis food hall, Selfridge's, Harrod's or maybe the new, smallish food hall at Fortnum & Mason. I see taco ingredients in every store. I wonder what people use when they make those... maybe cheddar.

        1. Nope, never. I sometimes buy the "Mexican" cheese at Tesco which is a mix of different cheeses and is about the closest I've found.

          I didn't grow up with Monterey Jack on my Mexican food so I'm pretty happy buying Red Leicester.

          1. A Google on MJ on UK sites produces some good giggles (although the jokes do appear to be nationally stereotypical).

            But one mentions that it's available in some branches of Tesco. And another mentions that a "genuine recipe" version is made in Wales (although it may prove to be the British equivalent of American attempts to make Cheddar.

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            1. re: Harters

              Vermont cheddar is actually pretty good.

              1. re: zuriga1

                I had a taste of Vermont cheese at a stall in market on the Lower East Side in Manhatten last year. You're right - it was actually pretty good.

                Good looking stall - quite a few farmhouse cheeses. I'd be a good customer if lived nearby.

                1. re: Harters

                  I was lucky as my cousin used to bring me cheese when he spent time at a house in Vermont. My guess is that the farmer's there may make cheese as handed down from their English ancestors, but I really don't know for sure. His house was near Ely, :-)

            2. I've deffo seen Monterey Jack cheese (from Wales) in both Sainburys and Tesco! It was in the deli section (in both stores).

              1. I just found Monterey Jack cheese at M&S food store in the new Westfield Mall, Shepherds Bush.

                1. Definately available in Tesco. I used to buy it on a weekly basis as this was the only cheese that my middle child would eat!

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                  1. re: jenjenjen

                    I have seen MJ cheese on the cheese counter in various Tescos and Sainsburys for 2-3 years now!!
                    All in the West London area (Cromwell Rd, Kensington, Ladbroke Grove etc

                  2. What kind of Mexican (or Tex-Mex?) meal are you trying to make?

                    If you're looking for a substitute for Queso Fresco for example, I've found Lancashire cheese works pretty well.

                    To the others in this thread: Cheese isn't very common in Mexican food at all.

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                    1. re: r.vacapinta

                      Asda stock it sporadically, for sure. I love it!