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20 essential Mexican ingredients

From fresh tortillas to fragrant chiles, here's the scoop on finding essential foods in every aisle of your local Mexican market

Cheeses

Cheeses

14 | Oaxaca (pictured). A semisoft melting cheese often sold in a mozzarella-like ball meant to be torn off in strips, it’s closest in texture and flavor to string cheese or Monterey Jack.

Use it: Top Enchiladas Suizas or grilled nopales.

15 | Cotija. A semihard, salty, crumbly finishing cheese similar to parmesan.

Use it: Makes a sharp-flavored garnish for red chile enchiladas or tostadas.

16 | Queso fresco. Semisoft and creamy; used for cooking and as a condiment.

Use it: Crumbled in Enchiladas Suizas.

17 | Mennonite. Increasingly popular semisoft cheese, introduced to the state of Chihuahua by Mennonites.

Use it: Make mac ’n’ cheese, with adobo chipotles for kick.

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