Queso Oaxaca

Queso Oaxaca is a white, semi-hard cheese from Mexico, similar to unaged Monterey Jack, but with a mozzarella-like string cheese texture. It is named after the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico, where it was first made.[no_toc]

Nutrition & Summary
Amount Per Serving Size of 100g

Calories 356 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 105mg 35%
Sodium 655mg 28%
Potassium 86mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fibre 0g 0%
Sugars 3g
Protein 22.6g 45%

Vitamin A  4% Folate  2%
Vitamin C  0% Vitamin D  4%
Calcium  66% Iron  3%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Milk Source :  Cow
Origin :  Mexicio
Region :  Oaxaca
Type :  Semi-hard, Artisan
Family :  Pasta filata
Rind :  Rindless
Pasteurised : 
Fat Content : 
Texture :  Smooth, Stringy, Supple
Colour :  White
Flavour :  Buttery, Mild,Salty, Savoury
Aroma :  Pleasant
Aging Time : 
Vegetarian :  No

The string cheese process, originally from Italy, which is used to produce mozzarella, was brought to Mexico by the Dominican monks that settled in Oaxaca. However, as buffalo milk was unavailable, they started using cow milk instead. It is available in several different shapes. It is also known as quesillo Oaxaca or thread cheese when shaped like a ball. Shaped in bricks for slicing, it is called asadero (meaning “roaster” or “broiler”) or queso quesadilla.

The production process is complicated and involves stretching the cheese into long ribbons and rolling it up like a ball of yarn. Italian mozzarella is another cheese which is processed by stretching (the pasta filata process).

Queso Oaxaca is used widely in Mexican cuisine, especially in quesadillas and empanadas, where the queso Oaxaca is melted and other stuffing, such as huitlacoche and squash flowers are added to the filling.

Availability and Substitutes

  • Online orders and stockist : This cheese can be obtained in Australia
  • Substitutes : Mozzarella cheese, or Jack cheese, or Muenster, or Provolone
Queso Oaxaca

Queso Oaxaca

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