Chipotle Mexican Grill put queso on the menu as a test in 305 restaurants in Southern California and its home state of Colorado.
Now its ready to graduate with a rollout nationwide Tuesday.
In a statement, Steve Ells, the founder, chairman and CEO of Chipotle, said: “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. … 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.”
Chipotle said the “complex and slightly spicy flavor” of its queso comes from the combination of simple ingredients — aged cheddar cheese, tomatillos, tomatoes and several varieties of peppers.
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The national rollout comes after several testing phases, beginning with initial tests in the Chipotle Next Kitchen in New York earlier this summer and customer feedback from the 350 restaurants.
Customers will be able to order queso on their entrée, or on the side in two sizes with chips. Prices vary slightly by city, but will range from $1.25 on an entrée to $5.25 for a large side order.