Chipotle has struggled in recent months following the outbreak of customers getting sick from dining at their burrito restaurants. To combat the much-publicized illnesses, Chipotle is releasing queso nationwide. HOORAY!!! Originally, Chipotle only test-launched the queso dip at 350 locations in Colorado and California, which began in late July. However, the burrito purveyor is offering the ooey-gooey cheese dip at all of their restaurants starting on September 12.
The nationwide dip will be a different recipe from the original queso that was unveiled in July. Chipotle tweaked the recipe based on feedback from their customers. The queso is said to be free of artificial flavors or colorings and artificial preservatives, made with aged cheddar cheese, tomatoes, tomatillos, milk, seasonings, and multiple types of peppers.
“Although queso was the number one requested menu item, we never added it to our menu before now because we wouldn’t use the industrial additives used in most quesos,” Chipotle CEO and Founder Steve Ells said in a statement. “Additives make typical queso very consistent and predictable, but are not at all in keeping with our food culture. 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.”
Customers can add the spicy cheese sauce to their entree for about $1.25 or can order it as a side dish in two different sizes, the large side of queso will cost around $5.25 based on your location. No word on how much a small side of norovirus will run you.