Do White People Know Queso Just Means Cheese?
Queso is all the rage these days. Chipotle is introducing it and Wendy's recently added the most redundant sandwich ever, a Bacon Queso Cheeseburger. As the latest menu item craze takes our bellies by storm I ask: Do people know queso literally means cheese in Spanish?
The way people praise and worship the... sauce?... dip?... the molten oozing substance... you would expect it to be in the pinnacle of cheeses or at the very least a particular kind of cheese.
Nope, it is literally just generally speaking as vague as possible: cheese. It is a ragtag bucket of melted cheese based things. It's the equivalent of a bunch of young backpacking cheeses staying at a hostel, having a drug induced orgy and mopping the floor of all of the cheese bodily fluids they secreted. That is queso. A processed fictional food item glorified because nobody paid attention in Spanish class.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying it isn't delightful. Just that calling it queso adds no cultural significance or ethnic flavor to your pallets. You labeled a soup of melted yellow crayons the nonspecific Spanish word for cheese. Now throw that all over my Doritos Locos Quesarito before I get preemptive diarrhea!