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How to Make Tequeños (Venezuelan Cheese Sticks)
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Venezuelan
Servings: 30 tequeños
  • 500 gr all purpose flour
  • 10 gr salt note 1
  • 200 ml milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 200 gr unsalted butter room temperature
  • 200 gr hard white cheese note 2
  • Vegetable oil
  1. In a big bowl, mix the flour and the butter with your hands until the texture is kind of sandy.
  2. Mix the milk, the egg yolks, and the salt. Pour it in the dough and keep kneading.
  3. When the dough is homogeneous, put it on a flat table and flatten it with the help of a rolling pin. Fold the dough 6-8 times (see the video)
  4. Flatten the dough and cut strings (1,5 Inch width; 9 Inch long)
  5. Cut the cheese into sticks (1,5 Inch width; 3 Inch long)
  6. Wrap the cheese sticks (see the video)
  7. Fry the tequeños and serve them with pink sauce (note 3)

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes
  1. If you use feta cheese add an extra 10 gr of salt.
  2. In Venezuela, we use a type of cheese that is hard and salty that works really well grated. In the USA you can find it in some Latin American supermarket, or in some Venezuelan small businesses. But in case that you can’t find it (like in my case in Portugal), you can use feta cheese. The finish will be less stringy but the taste is much similar.
  3. Pink sauce: 50% ketchup 50%mayo.