Chipotle testing new Queso Blanco in select markets

Chipotle is testing a new Queso Blanco in a few select markets around the country.

Chipotle Mexican Grill is testing a new Queso Blanco in select markets around the country for a limited time in preparation for a possible nationwide rollout in the future.

52 locations in Dallas, Detroit and San Diego will be the testing locations as part of the company’s “stage gate process” of testing, which will involve customer feedback and tweaking of the recipe until it’s perfected for a nationwide launch.

As with any queso, the key ingredients spotlight the cheese – in this case, both aged Monterrey Jack and white cheddar – along with a three-pepper blend of chipotle, poblano and serrano peppers for a bit of a zesty kick.

This sounds delicious, and since there are several varieties of salsa available, it makes sense that there ought to be a few options when it comes to queso as well.

As with all of the Chipotle menu, the Queso Blanco uses no artificial ingredients or preservatives.

“Making delicious queso with real ingredients and no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives is a tough project to take on,” Chef Nevielle Panthaky, Vice President of Culinary, said in a press release.

“We listened to our guests and worked tirelessly in our kitchens to make an even better tasting queso. We are proud to have created a delicious recipe for Queso Blanco that uses only high quality, real ingredients that you can pronounce and find in your own kitchens at home.”

The company describes the new item as having “a perfectly smooth texture and bold cheese flavor with a mild spicy heat and a smoky finish,” suggesting it would go well on a burrito bowl or with an order of freshly fried tortilla chips.

From its humble beginnings in 1993 as a single restaurant in Denver, Chipotle has grown over the years to now include 2,500 locations throughout the US, Canada, England, France and Germany.

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What do you think of the Chipotle Queso Blanco launch? More importantly, what would you eat with the Queso Blanco?