cotija

noun co·ti·ja \ kō-ˈtē-hä \
variants: or cotija cheese
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of cotija

: a hard, white, crumbly Mexican cheese made from cow's milk
  • Another Mexican-style cheese that's great for summer meals is cotija. Firm, white, and salty, it crumbles readily and is a grand alternative to parmesan in salads or sprinkled over vegetables.
  • —Jerry Anne Di Vecchio
  • … filled with a tangle of beans, Mexican sausage, crumbly cotija cheese and lettuce …
  • —Miriam Morgan

Origin and Etymology of cotija

borrowed from Spanish (queso) Cotija, after Cotija, municipality in Michoacán, Mexico


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