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Old 05-05-2006, 11:29 AM   #1
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Mexican Restaurant Cheese Dip

Does anyone know what kind of cheese mexican restaurants use to make there super good cheese dip? The one i've had is sort of a white cheese. I have no idea what kind.

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Old 05-05-2006, 11:35 AM   #2
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http://www.discusscooking.com/forums...n+white+cheese

Does this help? I remember this thread because I had this sauce at several places and loved it.
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Old 05-05-2006, 12:12 PM   #3
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My first guess would be Machengo cheese. It's a white mexican cheese with a cream taste.
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Old 05-05-2006, 12:26 PM   #4
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Either Manchego or a Queso. I'd be willing to bet Queso though, as it's not only cheaper & more commonly available than Manchego, but it's also milder & melts better.

I love the Queso cheeses, & around here can get them flavored with jalapenos or other spices. Great for snacking.
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Old 05-05-2006, 12:32 PM   #5
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I thought queso just meant cheese in Spanish.
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Old 05-05-2006, 02:21 PM   #6
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I thought queso just meant cheese in Spanish.
It does. Queso is not a type of cheese, but mexican cheeses are ofen called "queso this and questo that. Like queso manchego.

I think the kind of cheese used in that dip is often asedero.

But someone told me once that they use Land O lakes Americna cheese.
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Sorry. Reading straight from the packages here: "Queso Fresco" & "Queso Fresco Jalapeno". Since we have a large Hispanic population here, the local markets carry several shelves worth of this, as it's apparently extremely popular.
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Old 05-05-2006, 02:43 PM   #8
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Fresh Cheese and Fresh Cheese wth Jalapeno.

Queso Fresco is a crumbly white cheese that is used as a garnish and in tacos and stuff. I don't think it melts too well.
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Does this help? I remember this thread because I had this sauce at several places and loved it.
That's perfect, i'll try that. Also whoever posted about Land-o-lakes cheese. i've also heard that. My friend who actualy owns a mexican restaurant told me that, but what i bought didn't seem to melt like what they have at their restaurant. So i'm not sure what kind they use for their dip.
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I think the kind of cheese used in that dip is often asedero.
That is the cheese i have in several recipes of mine. It is a very common cheese in white cheese dip
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"Queso Fresco is a crumbly white cheese that is used as a garnish and in tacos and stuff. I don't think it melts too well."

Well, this brand certainly melts very well - far better than Manchego. It's sort of like a cross between firm Farmer's Cheese & Monterey Jack. I have had brands that were crumblier, but they melted quite well too. I have a feeling the melting qualities may be a brand-specific thing.
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Old 05-05-2006, 03:37 PM   #12
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Queso Asedero is THE Mexican melting cheese, used as the base for dips, fondues, etc. This would be the base cheese if you wanted to make a Mexican style Mac 'n Cheese (see mylegsbig's mac 'n cheese thread). From Asedero, you can then add such cheeses as Queso Cotija to take the flavoring towards the direction you want to go.
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Old 05-05-2006, 03:42 PM   #13
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A little secret I learned from a manager at a small local chain of Mexican restaurants here - after I had about busted the bank, trying all the above kinds of cheeses to make that white, smooth, kinda gooey dip/sauce - the manager grinned sheepishly at me, and said, 'Senora, it's just melted white American cheese with a little milk and chopped jalepenos' ! Try it!
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Old 05-05-2006, 03:49 PM   #14
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Yes!! Queso Cotija is also sold here in big rounds. I like that as well.
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Old 05-08-2006, 11:03 AM   #15
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"Queso Fresco is a crumbly white cheese that is used as a garnish and in tacos and stuff. I don't think it melts too well."

Well, this brand certainly melts very well - far better than Manchego. It's sort of like a cross between firm Farmer's Cheese & Monterey Jack. I have had brands that were crumblier, but they melted quite well too. I have a feeling the melting qualities may be a brand-specific thing.
Melting qualities are a type-of-cheese specific thing, really. But whether the cheese in the package is really the type of cheese it is labeled as is another thing, IMO. When I go into a store with a lot of Mexican cheese I see a number which claim to be the same thing but which obviously aren't. I think labeing may be the culprit here.

Real queso fresco is the texture of feta cheese.

Here is a Mexican cheese guide. Another guide to Mexcian cheeses
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hehe..1 lb of velveeta and a can of rotel tomatoes..good stuff
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Old 10-26-2008, 06:20 PM   #17
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were too buy

my wife luvs this stuff.were too buy this cheese.lol.
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Old 10-26-2008, 06:24 PM   #18
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A lot of these cheeses can be found at the bigger grocery stores. Either in dairy with the cheeses or in the deli area. Check with your deli and dairy personel
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American Cheese

This may be a shocker to you all but the "secret Mexican Cheese" in queso dip is actually white american cheese. The most common brand used in Mexican restaurants is Land O Lakes but any brand will work.

To make;

Buy a block from the deli, I usually buy .5 pound (tell the deli to set the slicer to the thickest possible setting and it should be exactly .5 pounds)

Shred the cheese.

Bring milk to a boil.

Begin stirring in the cheese.

Add a small amount of vinegar from a jar of pickled jalepenos.

Depending on how much heat you want, add diced pickled jalepenos.

Enjoy!
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:03 PM   #20
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Yup, that's exactly it. Where I work we have a "hot Pepper" American cheese that tastes just like queso from a Mexican restaurant.
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