If you asked us to pick our favorite cheese, we would immediately have a panic attack and tell you that’s Sophie’s choice in our book and we simply cannot do it. But we would probably volunteer that cotija is high up there on our list. There’s just something so tasty about the salty Mexican cheese that makes anything you pair with it taste a thousand times better.
Cotija, though, is rarely the star of its own recipes (which seems totally unfair), but it does make its way into lots of dishes, secretly adding extra flavor to some of your favorites. Keep reading to find 21 how-tos that use a generous amount of the cheese and make a big impact on your palette.