Although everyone loves a big slathering of melted cheddar or pepper jack to add a comforting layer of cheese to your taco, there are also a few traditional go-to cheeses that you should have on hand for your next taco night, including soft, salty Queso fresco or hard, aged Queso añejo. Across the country, chefs are exploring plenty of mouth-watering ways to add cheesiness to your taco. Still, if you’re a believer that you should never add cheese to an authentic taco, you’ll be happy to hear that tacos aren’t the only way cheese prevailed at this year’s top taco joints.
The quesabirria proved to be another popular way to consume the beloved cheese and birria mixture: In this case, it’s in hybrid taco-quesadilla form. Prefer to end your meal with a bit of cheese? Well, the top taco joints are doing that, too. Aroma Latin American Cocina in Nevada snagged the title of this year’s top taco spot. The fan-favorite dessert at the restaurant is Pastel de Queso, which is a deconstructed cheesecake served in scoops with various condiments and toppings. Overall, it seems that there’s no limit to this year’s cheesiness, and boy are we here for it.