that chipotle now has queso. actually, it’s not really a rumor. they’ve been promoting it for about a month now on tv and here in atlanta they’ve even put up big ‘ole billboard advertisements.
earlier this week i’d so conveniently forgotten my packed lunch at home in the refrigerator, so i ended up needing to go out for a bite to eat. i wanted something quick and satisfying and figured chipotle would be a solid choice, especially since it’s very close to our office. i ordered my chicken bowl like always and then decided i’d take a chance and try a cup of the queso with some chips. i hadn’t heard the best reviews about it on social media but we all know how social media can be, so i thought i’d go out on a limb and find out for myself.
i ripped into the chips, opened the queso, took a dip, and had my first bite. first things first, the spices they used in the queso were actually very tasty. it was flavorful and had the slightest kick, probably due to the chipotle chili and jalapeno. i took a couple more tastes and thought, “well, this isn’t as bad as people were making it sound.”
but then as i made my way to the bottom of the queso cup, a funny taste started to linger in my mouth. something tasted off about the cheese and then the texture started to bother me as well. the queso was very, very thick and actually not very smooth at all. i guess “gloopy” would be a good word to use to describe it. as for the cheese, i realized the issue after looking at the ingredient listing online: they use cheddar cheese – ick! now, don’t get me wrong, i love cheddar cheese, i love all cheese! i haven’t yet met a cheese i don’t drool over, but cheddar cheese seems like the completely wrong choice for a queso. maybe that’s because here in the south we’re used to a nice mild, white, smooth cheese in our queso or maybe it’s just because cheddar cheese really isn’t a good idea at all. regardless, after finishing the queso (because i hate to waste) i swiftly scarfed down my chicken bowl to get the bad tastes out of my mouth.
now, with all this being said, i advise you try chipotle’s queso at your own risk. and, if you do insist on giving it a taste, i will say this: try just a cup of the stuff. i truly don’t think it’d be wise to drizzle this stuff all over your tacos or burrito or bowl and ruin your entire meal. you have been warned!