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An Overview of Mexican Cheeses
Queso Fresco
(Kay-so Fres-ko)
A fresh, crumbly, mild cheese with a slightly salty taste with a white appearance and soft, moist, crumbly texture.
Queso Cotija
(Kay-so Koh-tee-ya)
A fresh, crumbly, salty cheese with a pungent taste. Comes in wedge or grated with a white appearance and a crumbly texture that ranges from semi-firm to firm. Can also be dry and hard.
Queso Quesadilla
(Kay-so Kay-sa-dee-ya)
A smooth, fresh melting cheese with a white appearance.
Crema Mexicana
(Kre-ma Mex-ee-kah-na)
A fresh, semisweet and pourable cream comparable to sour cream.
Queso Panela
(Kay-so Pa-nel-a)
A fresh, moist, very soft, white cheese that absorbs other flavors easily. Great served as part of an appetizer or snack tray. Is sometimes coated with a garlic-and-chile paste, or wrapped in toasted avocado leaves, and served with cocktails.
Mild Pork Chorizo
A spicy Mexican smoked sausage with chili powder and paprika. Great on tacos, mixed with eggs or potatoes, stews or mixed into rice or beans.

Mexican cuisine is largely known for its varied flavors, wide variety of spices and colorful vegetables. Mexican food and culture are some of the richest in the world with a wide appeal and assorted tastes and textures. Second only to Chinese food, Mexican cuisine is considered by many to be the most varied of international cuisines.

Most of today's Mexican food is based on pre-hispanic traditions that include recipes and cooking methods tracing back to the times of the Aztecs and Maya. The Quesadilla is one of these common dishes using a flour or corn tortilla with a cheese and meat filling. Using Mexican style soft cheeses with low melting points, such as Queso Fresco, helps in the creation of fast, easy and authentic dinners. An abundant use of vegetables such as chili peppers, green peppers, chilies, broccoli, cauliflower, and radishes creates a colorful and appetizing dish.

Mexican food varies by region, and is most often based on local climate, geography, and the influence of the Spanish Conquistadors. Northern provinces of Mexico are known for their beef production and meat dishes. South and eastern provinces of Mexico are known for their spicy vegetable and chicken dishes. Leaving the coastal towns to create their own unique preparations with seafood.

There are also more exotic dishes, usually known as comida prehispánica (or prehispanic food), with ingredients ranging from iguana to rattlesnake, deer, spider monkey, and even some kinds of insects. These Aztec or Mayan styles, while not very common, are relatively well known.

Other American twists on the Mexican palette are Cal-Mex (Californian-Mexican), Tex Mex (Texan-Mexican), and New Mexican cuisines. While the recipes on this web site will not distinguish between these offshoot styles of Mexican foods it is our hope that you will find a dish that will become a family favorite. We invite you to send your families favorite recipe to the cooks here at Li'L Guy Foods®. We will post all possible recipes and will happily give each chef their own by-line.

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