What is Oaxaca cheese dip? As its name suggests, it is a dip sauce made from Oaxaca cheese. You might wonder, what is Oaxaca cheese anyway? It is a Mexican-born cheese, coming long way from Oaxaca County in the southern Mexico. Its white color and semi-hard texture makes it perfect to make it as a queso (cheese) dip, as it also has similar texture like mozzarella string cheese. Oftentimes, Oaxaca cheese is interchanged with asadero cheese. However, Oaxaca is different as it got more moisture.
As we know, Oaxaca cheese is often used in many Mexican cuisines, like in quesadillas or empanadas. In both delicacies, Oaxaca cheese is melted and is combined with other ingredients, such as squash flowers and huitlacoche. You can make Oaxaca cheese dip in less than 30 minutes. Just make sure these ingredients are ready, and you are good to go. Here is the recipe.
- 10 ounces of Oaxaca cheese
- 4.5 ounces of chopped green chilies (both fresh or canned ones work fine)
- ¾ cups of milk or half & half
- 2 ripe tomatoes, small diced
- ¼ cup of jalapeno, chopped
- ¼ cup of chopped cilantro (recommended amount, feel free to add or reduce)
- Firstly, break up Oaxaca cheese and place it on your saucepan/skillet. Make sure to use low heat.
- After that, add ¾ cup of milk (or half & half). Heat it and have the cheese melted. You will need to do occasional stirring to avoid making clump and crust – which is a bit hard to clean once it sticks on your kitchenware. Combine the two ingredients and mix it until it smoothly thickens.
- Add in the chopped green chilies, diced tomatoes, cilantro, as well as chopped jalapeno. Mix it well.
- Once all the ingredients are well mixed, you can turn off the heat and pour the queso dip into your preferred serving bowl.
That is how to make your cheese dip from Oaxaca cheese. Having the cheese dip served with your tortilla chips or any Mexican dishes will enhance the authenticity of the cuisine. Do you want to use this cheese dip made from this Oaxaca cheese dip recipe by drizzling it on top of your taco bowls? Or, biting tortilla chips with the classic taste of queso dip? Don’t worry since oaxaca cheese dip will be ready in no time.