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  • Made from pasteurized cow's milk

  • Country of origin: Mexico

  • Family: Parmesan

  • Type: semi-hard

  • Texture: firm

  • Rind: natural

  • Colour: white

  • Flavour: salty

  • Vegetarian: no

  • Producers: Peluso Cheese

  • Alternative spellings: Chontaleno Ahumado

Chontaleno is a Mexican semi-firm, white cheese with a flavourful, salty taste. This cow's milk cheese is often used as a table cheese and also serves as a good cooking medium for baked dishes. Chontaleno is sometimes used as a substitute for dry, grating cheeses like Parmesan, Cotija or Romano. Chontaleno is available smoked as Chontaleno Ahumado.