Probably the most important components in the mexican cuisine culture is the vegetables.Even more so in authentic mexican cuisine.
At the core, cooking mexican is very simple, unlike other culinary cultures where everything is strict. Often the most basic mexican dish is the tastiest.
Authentic mexican chefs don’t follow recipes or blueprints, they simply follow instinct, mixing veggies and cheeses with great success.
One of the most popular cheeses in the mexican arsenal is Queso cheese, or Queso Asadero.Its very similar to Feta or Farmer’s cheese or any other processed white mild cheese.
And because this popular mexican cheese is similar to processed white cheese, it is very easy to replace it with other more easy to find local cheese like Jack’s.
For this Vegetarian Recipe i am going to use Queso cheese, but if you can’t find it, use Mozzarela, Feta, Farmer’s,Fontina etc.
Queso is very popular in dishes like stuffed chili peppers or chiles rellenos.
This recipe is very versatile, so be sure to experiment with ingredients. Swap and mix them how you want, try to be original.
I am also using Jycama roots, but it is optional. If you have problems with jycama, leave it out, or swap it with other sweet root-like veggies.
To start our Queso Asadero we need these ingredients.
- about 2 cups of red onion,chopped - 1 cup of jicama, peeled and chopped (optional) - 2 sliced zucchini - 1 tablespoon of veggie oil - 1 sliced yellow squash - 1 sliced chayote - 2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper - 2 teaspoons of ground cummin - 2 chopped tomatoes - 1 tspoon of chili powder - 1 cup of queso asadero,crumpled - Salt and black pepper, or other spices,mexican rice recipe
How To Make Queso Asadero
Our first step for this recipe is sauting the onions and garlic in our favourite skillet, for about 5 minutes. In the same skillet add the next batch of veggies on our list, the jycama, chayote, squash and zucchini slices.
Cook the entire mixture for about 10 minutes,or untill the vegetables begin to soften.
Now we finish by adding the cumin,cayennes , chili powder, tomatoes and spices to the mix and cook it for another 3,4 minutes.When serving cover with the crumpled cheese and your done, enjoy your Vegetable Queso Asadero.