NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. — Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. is kicking its queso game up a notch with new Queso Blanco. The restaurant chain is testing the queso in 52 restaurants across Dallas, Detroit and San Diego.
Available for a limited time, Chipotle’s Queso Blanco is made with Monterey Jack cheese, white cheddar and serrano, poblano and chipotle peppers. The queso “has a perfectly smooth texture and bold cheese flavor with a mild spicy heat and a smoky finish,” the company said.
Chipotle is testing the queso via its new “stage-gate process,” which allows the company to test, learn, listen to customer feedback and iterate extensively before deciding on a national launch.
“Making delicious queso with real ingredients and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives is a tough project to take on,” said Chef Nevielle Panthaky, vice-president of culinary at Chipotle. “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.”
Chipotle first added queso to its menu in September 2017. After backlash about the queso’s taste and texture, the company reformulated it a few months later.