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Cotija

Pronunciation: [koh-TEE-hah]

A popular Mexican cheese named after Cotija de la Paz, a town in the state of Michoacán. It's made from either cow's or goat's milk and can be semisoft to very hard. Cotija, also called Queso Añejo or Queso Añejado, is very salty and is used mainly to season various Mexican-style dishes. It's now also being produced in the United States. See also cheese.