Whenever I have taco night at my place, there are two staple ingredients that I must have: carne asada and queso fresco. The only problem is that whenever I send my friends out for “queso,” instead of the firm puck of Mexican-style cheese, they come back with shredded American cheeses.

And for the life of me, I can’t figure out why. I mean, sure, Kraft says its Mexican Four Cheese mix is made from natural cheese, but it’s a tasteless mess that has been doused in anti-clumping preservatives. Really, there’s no comparison to the tasty freshness of authentic queso like Cacique’s. And with chefs like Aarón Sanchez backing it up, you know it has to be good.

Cacique makes a whole line of cheeses, from a smooth, creamy Quesadilla Cheese that melts perfectly around chicken, to a thick Crema Mexicana Agria (sour cream) that tastes like a tangier cream cheese, and right on back to that classic Queso I was talking about earlier. And it doesn’t end there – the company also makes choritzo in both beef and pork varieties. Mix the Pork Choritzo with some Cotija and liven up your morning omelette, or top off a dessert of fresh fruit with a dollop of (plain) Crema Mexicana table cream.

Any way you look at it, Cacique can kick up your dishes with a minimum of effort. And you know the best part? It’s really easy to find. While you can definitely find it at your local Vallarta, I’ve even seen it in my local Ralphs.

Cacique and Chef Sanchez are launching the Go Auténtico Challenge on Sept. 16. Now is your chance to create your own Mexican dish using Cacique’s authentic Hispanic products, and you could win a trip to the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley and a chance to be on National TV.

For more information, visit caciqueusa.com/goautentico/landing.