Chihuahua Cheese’s (Queso Menonita) Mexican Mennonite Origins

Mexico FlagBack in the US we are very familiar with Chihuahua cheese (Queso Chihuahua) and have seen many recipes calling for the mild, slightly yellow cheese. However, we did not know much about its origins – and it turns out it has a rather unusual history.


Chihuahua Cheese by Mérida Hideaway

Chihuahua cheese, known for the Northern Mexican state where it is produced, is also known as Menonita cheese in Mexico. Yes, Menonita is “Mennonite” in Spanish – and it is indeed Mennonite cheese! Turns out there is a rather large Mennonite population in Mexico, having first arrived in the 1920s, and they were the ones who first produced the cheese. Though it has now been commercialized, you can still find Menonita cheese being made by Mennonites in the town of Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua.


A Mennonite sells cheese in Mexico by Cristiano Oliveira


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2 responses to “Chihuahua Cheese’s (Queso Menonita) Mexican Mennonite Origins

  1. Bret

    Hi do you know where I can get Queso Menonita in the US or LA area?

    thanks Bret

  2. If you are in the LA area look for El Super Markets.

    i have purchased Queso Menonita there before

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