Milk: Cows Milk
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 It was originally made with goats milk but today cows milk is preferred.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 US, it is increasingly popular on pasta.