Preparation, uses, and tips
Serve Monterey Jack sliced; pair it with beer and spicy foods, or with white wine or fruit juice. Jack cheese is a great choice for
such quick snacks and meals as breakfast tacos (scrambled eggs, chopped tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and cheese), bean-and-cheese nachos (tortilla
chips spread with refried beans and shredded, melted cheese), and broiled open-face
sandwiches. Enjoy it in Southwestern and Tex-Mex dishes, melted over refried beans and rice,
and in stuffed enchiladas.
Most Jack cheese is made from pasteurized cows’ milk, through a process similar to that used to
produce Colby. It is available in whole, skim,
and part-skim varieties, and spiced with
jalapeño peppers. Jack is typically prepared in wheels that weigh from 6 to 12 pounds
(2.7 to 5.4 kg) and is sold in sticks, bricks, wedges, or individual slices.
This is the fresh, semisoft, mild cheese.
After being aged for three to six weeks, Jack, like many cheeses, takes on a sharper
Perhaps the best-known Jack variety, this cheese is seasoned with jalapeño
Dry Monterey or Dry Jack
These are aged skim and part-skim varieties with a rich flavor, intended for grating and
table cheese. Some Jack varieties intended for grating may be coated with a peppery oil.
Mexican Jack Cheese
This variety has a firmer texture and the flavor has more bite to it.
Monterey Jack, 1 oz. (28g)
Total Fat: 8.6g
*Excellent source of: Calcium (212mg)
*Foods that are an “excellent source” of a particular
nutrient provide 20% or more of the Recommended Daily Value. Foods that are a “good
source” of a particular nutrient provide between 10 and 20% of the Recommended Daily