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Queso Panela en Salsa Roja, or Panela Cheese in Mexican Red Salsa, is a delicious appetizer that also makes a great light meal. Creamy and not too spicy. By Mama Maggie’s Kitchen
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Panela Cheese in Mexican Red Salsa (Queso Panela en Salsa Roja)

Queso Panela en Salsa Roja, or Panela Cheese in Mexican Red Salsa, is a yummy light meal or easy appetizer idea. Not very spicy and a great crowd pleaser. Hope you enjoy!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Appetizer, Lunch
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Calories: 250kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add the tomatoes and garlic to a blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • If you need water, add a splash. Only what is necessary to blend.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil.
  • Add the onion and stir until translucent. 1 minute.
  • Add the serrano pepper, stir for 1 more minute.
  • Now add the tomato mixture to the pan along with the epazote (if using) and a pinch of salt.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Add the queso panela, coating everything with the sauce.
  • Let simmer uncovered for 3-4 minutes.
  • Serve with tortillas, tortilla chips, or saltine crackers.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

 You will find this in the dairy section next to the cream cheese and sour cream. It is usually by the Queso Fresco.
Queso Panela is firmer, and you can cut into it without the cheese falling apart.
The cheese only needs a few minutes in the pan to warm up so keep a close eye on it. 
Serve immediately with tortillas, tortilla chips, or saltine crackers.

Nutrition

Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 430mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 983IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 330mg | Iron: 1mg