Cotija Cheese Recipes

Mexican street corn, elote, and taqueria-style tacos aren't complete without cotija, a crumbly, white traditional cheese.

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Spicy Southwest Chopped Salad with Salsa Verde

Rating: 4.5 stars 24
This is by far the best summer salad I have ever made! You can adjust the amount of spice, depending on your preference by adding more or less jalapeno and Cajun seasoning. The salsa verde makes a big enough batch that you can have more for dipping chips later. It is a great low-fat, all-in-one meal. This dish can also be topped with crushed tortilla chips, if desired.

Acorn Squash Wonder Tacos/Chalupas

Rating: 4.5 stars 16
This is one of those recipes where you'll cross your eyes in pleasure after tasting. Great for vegetarian meat substitute or hiding veggies from your kids. They do not taste like squash. If you don't have cotija cheese, you can substitute Parmesan. But cotija marries well with cumin. Serve with refried beans for extra yum.

Taqueria Style Tacos - Carne Asada

Rating: 4.5 stars 1261
This is a great recipe for authentic Mexican taqueria style carne asada tacos (beef tacos). These are served on the soft corn tortillas, unlike the American version of tacos.

Enchiladas Verdes

Rating: 4.5 stars 220
I learned this recipe from an amazing cook from Puebla. I've been perfecting it for over 15 years and realized that it was time to share it when my foodie friends tried to drink the sauce out of the saucepan. I use the roasted or baked chicken from the grocery store. I did it once only to save time, but found that they are tastier. Be conservative with the cream and the cheese. Do not use sour cream!

Corn in a Cup (Elote en Vaso)

Rating: 4.5 stars 21
Layers of corn with Mexican cream, lime juice, cotija cheese, and spices.

Mexican Street Corn

Rating: 5 stars 4
This is a nice flair for your traditional Mexican street corn.

Skillet Elote (Mexican Street Corn)

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
All the flavors you love in Mexican street corn made in a skillet for times when grilling isn't an option.

Mexican Grilled Corn

Rating: 5 stars 80
I consider this to be the greatest corn-on-the-cob recipe of all time. The way the mild, subtly salted cheese works with an ancho-lime mayonnaise, along with that buttery, smoky corn, is a magnificent combination of flavors. Perfecto!

Elote Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
A nice way to have elote without having to eat it straight off the husk.

Mexican Street Vendor Style Corn Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 75
I lived in southern California for many years. Around Cinco de Mayo, there would be fiestas in our neighborhood. Vendors sold grilled corn on the cob prepared with butter, mayonnaise, cotija cheese, chile powder and a lime wedge. They were so delicious! After moving, we'd crave this corn, so I altered the recipe using canned corn and mixed in the same ingredients for a similar treat that doesn't require an outdoor grill.

Air Fryer Corn Ribs

Rating: 4 stars 1
This is my fun take on air-fried elote ribs. Cutting the corn this way causes them to curl up in the shape of ribs once cooked. This also makes the corn a lot easier to handle and eat, not to mention a lot less messy.

Skillet Mexican Street Corn

This fast to prepare side dish takes on the flavors of elote, a popular Mexican favorite!

Inspiration and Ideas

17 Cotija Cheese Recipes to Try
Give Cotija cheese a try in one of these top-rated recipes.
Air Fryer Corn on The Cob
Rating: Unrated 14
All of the flavors you love in street corn and elotes without having to fire up the grill. Got a craving in the middle of the winter when it is too cold to grill? No problem!
Mexican Blackened Corn
Rating: 5 stars 78

This corn dish is perfect as a side, used as a topping on a taco, mixed into a salad, with quinoa, or even served cold. I first discovered a similar dish at the Amigo Room inside The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, CA. This was a staple of my diet in California and since I've moved to New York, I set out to perfect their recipe and put my own spin on it. This is my version, I hope you enjoy it!