So I know these cheeses are a blend of yellow and white cheddar as well as some Monterey Jack (sometimes pepper jack), but do you know what seasonings are used to make these taco style shredded cheese blends?

I am guessing cumin and chili powder, but if anyone knows for sure that would be great in order to duplicate when recipes call for these shredded blends.

  • Do you mean products like this? Can you please be more specific what you mean by "taco style shredded cheese blends"?
    – Catija
    Sep 22, 2015 at 15:21
  • Well I meant to keep it rather generic on purpose, but yeah something like that, but as I said above, I am looking for what seasonings are used in the seasoned blends. What you picked isn't a seasoned cheese blend, it's just a 4 cheese blend.
    – Escoce
    Sep 22, 2015 at 15:35
  • I've never seen a "seasoned" version of "taco cheese"... so that's why I'm trying to get more information. I see taco meat seasoning all the time but cheese is usually simply... cheese.
    – Catija
    Sep 22, 2015 at 15:36
  • Seriously? That's very surprising, it would be on the shelf or rack right next to what you showed. Here are links to two examples, also sargento. sargento.com/our-cheese/shredded-cheese/chef-blends/…. And. sargento.com/our-cheese/shredded-cheese/chef-blends/…
    – Escoce
    Sep 22, 2015 at 15:47
  • Ah. Hmmm... I don't really buy pre-shredded cheese, so that may be the problem. It's not a section of the store I visit.
    – Catija
    Sep 22, 2015 at 15:49

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We do a fajita night once a week in my house; so I have tuned the following recipes over the last 10 years or so.

1/2 tsp of each:
ground cumin
onion powder
chili powder
cornstarch (ONLY if melting cheese)
crushed red peppers (optional for spicy)
garlic powder
oregano leaves
(Heavy cream and butter if melting)

Cheese base is pending my mood; queso fresca, standard white sauce with cheddar or some fancy mexican blend with the standard, colby/cheddar/jack...

Based on your post i would recommend the colby/cheddar/jack with spices (can we call that the fajita trinity?).

  • How much cheese do you use for that amount of spices
    – Dason
    May 10, 2018 at 17:52
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    hmm; well they are alot of variables; who you are cooking for; what type of cheese, what is it going on (steak, carnita, chicken?). Adding cream and melting? Good starting point is 2 cups of cheese with above, and modify based on taste.
    – zerobane
    May 11, 2018 at 18:52

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