Oaxaca Cheese (or Queso Oaxaca) is a white, semi-hard cows' milk cheese of Mexican origin, similar to non aged Monterey Jack cheese but with a stringy texture when hot, rather like mozzarella. It is named after the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico, where it was first made. It can be made into several different shapes, which can make it easier to eat. It is also known as quesillo or thread cheese when shaped like a ball. Asadero (meaning "roaster" or "broiler", also called queso quesadilla), a similar cheese, is shaped in bricks and sliced.
The production process is complicated and involves stretching the cheese into long ribbons and rolling it up like a ball of yarn. Mozzarella is another cheese which is processed by stretching (pasta filata process). "El Mexicano" brand Queso Oaxaca from San Jose, California, describes itself as "Mexican Style Mozzarella." There is a spicy version flavoured with cherry pits.
It is used in typical cuisine, such as in quesadillas, which are tortillas with melted oaxaca cheese, and for which there are variations (like Quesadillas de Flor de Calabaza where the quesadilla is stuffed with pumpkin flower) depending on the stuffing used (chicharrón, chorizo, jamon de york, etc) in addition to the cheese.
Calories in different varieties and various types of cheeses
The number of calories in various types of cheese is very similar when you compare your cheese to a similar types of cheese.
For example, almost cheeses that are similar to Cheddar cheese have around 400 calories per 100g
If the Oaxaca cheese is not listed below, select a similar type of cheese from the list below to get a rough idea for the number of calories in Oaxaca cheese.
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|Cheese type||Calories per 100g|
|Queso blanco cheese||310|
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