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Monterey jack cheese

What is monterey jack cheese? About the ingredient monterey jack cheese. Including 590 recipes with monterey jack cheese, nutrition data, and where to find it.


Monterey Jack is an American semi-hard cheese made using cow's milk. It is commonly sold by itself, or mixed with Colby to make a marbled cheese known as Colby-Jack (or Co-Jack). Cheddar-Jack varieties are also available.

Most of the softer types generally found in American markets are aged for only one month, while another variety of Monterey Jack is aged for up to six months. A special kind of it found in Spain is aged for about one year.


An aged version of this cheese, known as Dry jack, can be churned or grated and used much like Parmesan cheese.


Another version called Pepper jack mixes hot peppers with Monterey Jack for flavor. Pepper jack is often used as an alternative cheese in dishes such as quesadillas, but can be eaten with bread or crackers as a snack.

Health Impact

Because of its low content of tyramine, an organic compound thought to be associated with headaches, it is frequently recommended as one of the few cheeses that are safe to eat for migraine sufferers.


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup, diced (132g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 492Calories from Fat 359
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 40.0g 61%
Saturated Fat 25.2g 126%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 707mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 0.9g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0.7
Protein 32.3g
Vitamin A 20% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 98% Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Monterey jack cheese is usually found in the cheeses section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Monterey jack cheese is a member of the Dairy and Egg Products USDA nutritional food group.

How much does monterey jack cheese weigh?

measure grams
1 cup, diced 132
1 cup, shredded 113
1 oz 28
1 cubic inch 17
1 slice (1 oz) 28
1 package (6 oz) 170

In Chinese:蒙特里杰克奶酪
British (UK) term: Monterey jack cheese
en français:fromage Monterey Jack
en español:queso Monterey Jack

Recipes using monterey jack cheese

There are 578 recipes that contain this ingredient.

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