Dining With Denise Neil

Menu item Chipotle said it would never add gets added next week

Chipotle queso. It’s happening.
Chipotle queso. It’s happening.

Queso is coming! Queso is coming!

Log on to Chipotle’s website, and you’ll be greeted by the cheesy news in giant, bold letters.

After years of customer demand, the chain is finally about to add queso to the menu in all of its restaurants starting on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The burrito chain has already been testing it out in states like Colorado, Texas and California, but on Tuesday, everyone gets it.

Why did it take so long?

According to the Chipotle website, though customers have been asking for queso for years, it’s not easy to make a gooey, cheesy dip and still stay true to its “food with integrity” mission. For years, Chipotle said they’d never add it. Queso has many great qualities, but “all-natural” is rarely one of them.

But this one is all-natural, Chipotle says. The new queso is gluten-free, preservative-free and has no added colors or flavors. The Chipotle website features a list of all 23 ingredients in the queso, and most are things like milk, tomatoes and aged cheddar. The weirdest things listed are rice bran oil and tapioca starch.

Which begs the question: Will this all-natural queso taste right? One of my co-workers who tried it in Colorado wasn’t excited about it, saying it was a bit watery with a strange consistency. But I’m willing to give it a try. Over the past few years, I’ve decided my burrito bowls are missing something. This might just be it.

Prices could be different in each city, but the queso should cost $1.25 as an addition to an entree and $5.25 if served with chips for dipping.

Have you tried it? Let me know what you thought on my Dining with Denise Facebook page.