Chiptole boasts that its queso contains zero industrial additives, artificial colors, and artificial stabilizers, unlike other quesos on the market. Instead, the recipe relies on ingredients (shown above) like aged cheddar cheese, tomatoes, tomatillos, milk, seasonings, and multiple types of peppers for its flavor and consistency, which could actually make the queso a little different every time to you order a cup or ask for it as a topping on your burrito bowl.
“Additives make typical queso very consistent and predictable, but are not at all in keeping with our food culture," Chipotle Founder and CEO Steve Ells said in a recent press release. "Our queso may vary slightly depending on the characteristics of the aged cheddar cheese used in each batch, but using only real ingredients is what makes our food so delicious.”
Of course, it remains to be seen if people choose all-natural ingredients and varying flavors and textures over the existing queso options out there that almost always taste good, although they may contain artificial ingredients. The queso served during Chipotle's initial test rollout at more than 350 restaurants in California and Colorado in August was greeted with mixed reviews, but the company said it has since slightly tweaked the recipe and ingredient proportions based on customer feedback.
So far, there's no indication that Chipotle will celebrate the cheesy launch with any deals for free queso, but you can add it to your next burrito, burrito bowl, or other entree for $1.25 or you can order it on the side with chips in two sizes, the larger of which will set you back $5.25. It would probably make for a good topping on the Chipotle Nacho Bowl we've been dreaming about for years now, too.