Mozzarella sticks have nothing on a Venezuelan Tequeño



A delicious Venezuelan classic graced my submissions during my “5 Party Foods from Around the World” series, and I am so happy to share this traditional recipe for tequeños with you. Made with a simple dough wrapped around a piece of white cheese and fried, these Venezuelan delights are similar to cheese sticks—but oh so much better. 

This recipe comes from Ibraim, who is from Carabobo, Venezuela. According to him and many others, tequeños are the “expression of Venezuela.” They are eaten at every possible occasion, including but not limited to birthdays, weddings, Father’s Day, and Mother’s Day. After all, food is the first thing Venezuelans consider when throwing a party. These little rolls of comfort remind Ibraim of his childhood; his mother would make them often, and he would always try to help her in the kitchen. I have a feeling this is a common association among many Venezuelan people, which is such a beautiful food and smell to reminisce about!

When done correctly, tequeños are simple and delicious. The dough is uncomplicated to make, and the queso fresco is unmatched by any other cheese! Ibraim urges you not to use any other cheese, and I must agree. In my opinion, queso fresco far surpasses mozzarella. Don’t be fooled by the lack of cheese pull; the warm, salty fried bits surrounding the center allow the cheese to melt just enough for a pleasurable bite. The sauce is delicious, and though the dough is somewhat stretchy and difficult to work with, I guarantee it will turn out fine if you trust the process!

I am honored to have made this key expression of Venezuela. Ibraim emphasizes that tequeños are an essential piece of Venezuelan culture, and I can attest that you are sure to love them.

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  • 2 cups Flour (you could also use crescent roll dough)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 6 tbsp Cold Butter cubed
  • 6 tbsp Ice Cold Water
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 12 oz Queso Blano cut into strips
  • Oil for Frying


  • To make the dough, add flour and salt to a food processor and add the cold butter while pulsing unti dough looks like little pea-sized clumps
  • Add in egg and water. Dough should form a nice mound, add more water if needed. Wrap in plastic wrap and put in fridge for 30 min.
    ALTERNATELY: I think you can use Pillsbury crescent roll and just skip to the wrapping stage.
  • Roll out dough when cold on a floured surface into a square and cut into stips a little less than 1-inch.
  • Take the cheese and wrap it on the diagonal, overlapping dough. Like a mummy wrap.
  • Heat oil in cast iron skillet, fry cheese sticks on all sides
  • Remove when golden brown and serve with your favorite dipping sauce!


Recipe inspired by Serious Eats
Course: Snack
Region: Latin America
Diet: Vegetarian
Keyword: Crowd-pleaser, Party Food


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