Nicaraguan Quesillo means little cheese.
These are little corn tortillas that have melted cheese, a little bit of onion that is pickled with vinegar and some sour cream.
They are a popular street food in Nicaragua and served in little plastic bags so you don't lose any of the pickled onions. The cheese in Nicaragua is a soft and chewy white cheese that goes by the same name.
It is a delicious and simple treat that was a great way to start our International Cuisine meal.
In Nicaragua they typically use a banana vinegar to pickle the onions. I couldn't find any such thing in my Latin market so I just pickled my own in some regular vinegar. I just took a regular red onion and cut it up and let it soak overnight in some white vinegar.
We loved them! Of course they are best if you make your own tortillas you can get a great recipe here for homemade tortillas.
Nicaraguan Quesillo (Corn Tortilla with Cheese)
- 4 corn tortillas
- 8 oz soft white cheese
- finely chopped onions in vinegar
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 dollop sour cream
- Place the cheese on the tortillas
- Heat in microwave for 30 seconds until the cheese is melted
- add a dash of salt
- Add a bit of onions and vinegar
- Add a teaspoon of sour cream
- Wrap and serve in a little plastic bag