Asadero is a Mexican name of semi-soft, white, string-type, Hispanic-style cheese. This kind of cheese is used on sandwiches or melted on cooked foods, including pizza and nachos. It is a stretched curd cheese, kneaded then formed into a ball-shape which is plunged in brine for several minutes. Its name comes from the name of state in which it originates. It is a kind of pasta filata cheese and it is produced in different shapes and weights. This cheese belongs to the group of fromage forts cheeses made from mixed, fresh or ripened cheese blended with herbs and spices.
Colby-Jack, or Cojack, is an orange and white marbled cheese produced from a mixture of Colby and Monterey Jack. The cheese has a semi-hard texture. This cheese is very popular with Mexican dishes, and due to the fact that it melts very well, a great cooking cheese.
It is a Hispanic-style cheese, known as the Parmesan of Mexico. It was originally made with goats milk but today cows milk is preferred. This cheese is strongly flavored, firm and perfect for grating. It is used in Hispanic cooking, in a manner similar to the way Parmesan is used in Italian cooking. Cotija is commonly used to add a lively garnish to common dishes: simply sprinkle on top of refried beans, salads, chili or lasagna. In Mexico, it is also widely used to enhance the flavor of many savory dishes by mixing directly into the casserole or recipe. In the U.S. it is increasingly popular on pasta. See for yourself how much zestier any pasta or even simple macaroni and cheese will taste with a sprinkle of Cotija. It is typically shredded onto cooked foods, also in salads and with fruit.
One of the most favorite Mexican cheeses, Queso Fresco is a fresh cheese of various sizes and shapes made from 100 cows milk. The cheese has a grainy feel and very mild, fresh acidity. Queso Fresco is used for grilling and baking and it can also be used in salads. It softens but does not melt when heated.