Chihuahua cheese is a type of soft, mild, white Mexican cheese that melts well. It is made from cow’s milk and has a fat content between 45-55%. The name Chihuahua comes from the state in Mexico it originates.
The cheese is named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua, which is where it was first produced. The cheese has gone by many other names in various Latin American cultures, including queso menonita (Mennonite cheese) and Oaxaca or Chihuahua.
Chihuahua cheese can be found across Mexico – especially in northern regions – as well as in Latin American specialty shops in the United States. However, if you are looking to find this type of cheese at a supermarket near you, you might have trouble finding it.
Cheese experts say that there are only six cheeses that are considered truly authentic Mexican cheeses: Cotija, Queso Fresco, Queso Añejo (aged), Queso de la Plata, Chihuahua and Panela. Each one has its own distinct flavor, texture and melting point.
While there are many other cheeses made in Mexico using the same basic process – cow’s milk, rennet, salt and starter cultures – they do not meet the government requirements to be considered an authentic Mexican cheese.
Some of these “cheese” products might also contain animal fats or vegetable oil emulsions that can alter their consistency and taste. It can sometimes be hard to find a good substitute for Chihuahua cheese if you are unable to locate the original product or just simply don’t like it’s taste or texture.
You may want to try some of the following cheeses that might be more easily accessible in your local supermarket or grocery store.