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Feb 20, 2011 02:09 PM

Queso Chihuahua

I have not been able to find any Chihuahua cheese, can someone give me a lead that is within 15 miles of Whittier?


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  1. The only (allegedly) Chihuahua or Mennonite style cheese I've ever seen and tried is El Mexicano brand :-( at my local Northgate Gonzales Market. They don't even carry it regularly. Pretty unremarkable mild taste and typical for the brand.

    Therefore I'm inclined to substitute a good medium cheddar, pardon the achiote induced color.

    1. I assume you are talking about REAL cheese from Mexico. I find that there is a dearth of cheeses made in Mexico and imported to the USA.

      This despite the fact that one can easily find regional cheeses in markets in Mexico. I would be thrilled if I could find real Queso Mennonitas again in LA. BTW, Mennonitas cheese has no resemblance to Chihuahua cheese.

      1. Occasionally you'll see it at Northgate (there's one in Whittier) but it tends to be rarer than hen's teeth—you may have to substitute.

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        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          I agree with what you said about the teeth. Northgate in Whittier mainly carries Cacique cheeses, and that does not include queso Chihuahua. The search continues...

        2. Wasn't there a long long thread on this and the consensus was there is no such cheese to be found in LA?

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          1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

            Yes, and the consensus seemed to be that the Mexicans around here aren't the ones who are attached to it. There's a big Mexican-foods outfit in Chicago that makes all that stuff; I used to get it in Nashville, especially their version of jalapeño cheese, and it was really good. When we moved here I was astounded to find that the only decent jalapeño cheese around here is the Norteamericano brands. There's one Mexican or neo-Mexican brand with chiles, but the cheese itself is some kind of processed goop, suitable only for sauce.

          2. Noticed this today at the inglewood costco.

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            1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

              I was one of the earlier responders. Despite constant lookout, 'I still have not found it.

              I don't know how the one in the red package is but the stuff I need is the one made by the Mennonite community in Chihuahua State. It's a wheel of cheese, no label. You tell them how much you want and the cut off a piece and weigh it. Delicious! I am going to ask for it at the Beverly Hills Cheese Shop.

              And, for anyone who cares about Mexican cheeses, of which there are many in the many mercados in Mexico, "Culture [cheese] Magazine" this month has the second part of an article about Mexican cheese.

              1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                It is unlikely ever to be found in its usual Mexican form in this country because its makers can't confirm to the USDA that it meets the aging requirements (60 days) for raw milk. I usually substitute asadero when I run out of the stuff I import from Tijuana.