Queso, the ingredient that seems to make every meal better has found a way to be even — well — even better. Your favorite spot for Mexican casual dining, Chipotle, has created it's own version of queso. You read that right: Chipotle queso now exists. If you think the world looks brighter, I'm there with you. Currently the Chipotle queso is only available in the brand new Chipotle NEXT Kitchen in New York, which is their only customer-facing test kitchen. Fortunately, I live in New York, so upon hearing the news, I headed right over to give it a try. If you're wondering what the Chipotle queso tastes like, I have the answer.
UPDATE: As of Sept. 13, good news: Chipotle queso is now available at locations nationwide! According to Chipotle's press release, customers can add it to an entrée, or order it as a side. It will cost between $1.25 to $5.25, depending on the location.
EARLIER: Unlike other queso dishes I've had, Chipotle's tastes far more natural. This is understandable considering Chipotle's commitment to clean food: "Because we refuse to use industrial additives, added colors, flavors or preservatives in our food, it’s very difficult to make queso that meets our standards," Chipotle CEO Steve Ells reiterated in an internal memo to the company’s approximately 65,000 employees Monday, according to Eater.
The Chipotle queso has a thick consistency, and actually tastes similar to nacho cheese with a tex-mex kick. If you're hesitant about trying queso, this may be the one for you — a starter queso, if you will — because it tastes more subtle than others I've tried. There is a mix of spices throughout the cheese, including a smokey taste.
If you live in the New York area, stop by the Chipotle NEXT Kitchen at 504 6th Avenue to give the queso a try. The location also has a margarita machine as an added incentive, which offers an alcoholic classic margarita, and a non-alcoholic strawberry margarita. Hey if you leave with a burrito bowl and some guac too — the more the merrier.