Mexico Cheese

If you love Mexico and you love cheese, you have come to the right place! is your atlas to the world of Mexican cheese, the different varieties, how they are made and what they are best used for. You can find it all right here.

While the history of cheese making in Mexico only dates back to the 16th century, its story has just begun. Today, Mexico is home to over 40 cheeses that are considered unique to this country.

Let us show you how fantastically rich and diverse the world of Mexican cheese is.


Queso Fresco on grilled corn salad

Queso Fresco

The origin of Queso fresco in Mexico begins with the Spanish who settled in the country in the early to mid-1800s. Queso fresco was a humble farmer’s cheese – easy to make with few ingredients. Queso fresco translates literally to “fresh cheese”. Unlike queso blanco which is made solely from whole cow’s milk, queso fresco … Read more
Queso Blanco on tostada

Queso Blanco

Mexican cheesemaking began in the mid-1800s dairy animals such as cattle, sheep, and goats as well as cheese-making techniques were brought over by the Spanish. In the days, before refrigeration, one of the most popular cheeses was Queso blanco (white cheese) Queso blanco is creamy and slightly salty.  Queso blanco is normally crumbled on top … Read more
Manchego cheese on molletes


Manchego cheese originated in Spain and was brought to Mexico by Spanish conquistadors. Spanish Manchego carries the DOO (Denomination of Origin) distinction and must be made in the La Mancha region from the milk of sheep of the manchega breed and conform to a very specific process. In modern Mexico, manchego cheese is mass-produced from … Read more
Cojita on Tlacoyos

Cotija cheese

Cotija cheese Cotija pronounced ko-TEE-hah, is a Mexican cheese made from cow’s milk and is named after the town of Cotija de la Paz in the state of Michoacán from which it first originated. Today, the cheese is still made using traditional methods that date back to the 16th century and has acheived the coveted … Read more
Oaxacan cheese

Oaxaca cheese

Oaxaca Cheese or Queso Oaxaca (wuh·HAA·kah) originates from the state of Oaxaca in Mexico for which it is named. Oaxaca cheese is a semi-soft, white, artisan cheese made from whole cow’s milk. Oaxaca cheese is made with the same cheese process, pasta filata, that is used to make caciocavallo, stracciata, provolone and mozzarella among others. … Read more
Panela on salad

Panela cheese

Panela cheese is one of the most popular types of cheese in Mexico and is widely produced and distributed throughout the country. The origin of panela cheese in Mexico is unknown but it is thought to have been an adaptation of Greek “basket cheese”  and is also commonly referred to as “queso canasta” or “queso … Read more