Texas And Arkansas Just Took The Gloves Off In The Battle For Queso Supremacy

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So the Wall Street Journal just fired shots in the queso war between Texas and Arkansas, and people are choosing sides.

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This story was quickly picked up by Arkansas Senator, Tom Cotton, who put Texas Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn ?on blast.?

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People immediately dragged Sen. Tom Cotton for calling it “cheese dip.”

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This senator might experience a “dip” in his approval ratings. Sorry not sorry.

But “cheese dip” is what it’s called in Arkansas.

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One could argue referring to “queso” as “cheese dip” would be like if  “carnitas tacos” were called “mashed corn discs with dead pig parts.” It just sounds wrong.

Anyway, Arkansas claims that cheese dip was created in by Blackie Donnally, when he figured out how to melt cheese.

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There’s more to it than that. Watch the video below for the full story.

Blackie sold his cheese dip at “Mexico Chiquito,” a restaurant he opened in 1935.

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There’s even an entire documentary, “In Queso Fever: A Movie About Cheese Dip,” that covers the discovery of Arkansas cheese dip.

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And that would be the story of queso, except for proud Texans:

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Texans aren’t going to let Arkansas have “cheese dip” without a fight.

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This cheese dip/queso rivalry is up there with the glory days of Texas Longhorns v. Arkansas Razorbacks.

Texas Senator John Cornyn even fired back a response to Sen. Tom Cotton.

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Ted Cruz hasn’t released an official tweet yet, presumably because he’s busy with official senator work.

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In the meantime, Texans are voicing their anger via social media.

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Even respectable publications, like “Texas Monthly,” weighed in on behalf of queso.

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Texas journalists broke their oath to neutrality to rain on cheese dip’s parade.

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Queso is very special to people in Texas. The Tex-Mex staple is what people miss most when they leave:

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Texans will blacklist restaurants that don’t serve the warm, velvety treat.

Texans don’t need fancy wine and cheese. They have Mexican martinis and queso.

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There’s even a comedy club in Austin, Texas, called “The Velveeta Room.”

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As Texas and Arkansas argue over rights to melted cheese, one author is working to uncover the true origins of queso.

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According to research from Lisa Fain, author of The Homesick Texan, queso most likely originated in northern Mexico. Lisa, told the Wall Street Journal, that the tasty treat started “as a side dish that mixed chile peppers, onions, seasoning and a small amount of white cheese.” From there, the meal spread to the U.S. faster than pink eye in a daycare.

So let Texas and Arkansas argue over their beloved dishes. The real winner in this is anyone who loves queso… or cheese dip.

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And while we’re on the topic, don’t ever bring this abomination to a party.

Nice catch. #NoDipLeftBehind #BringTheParty #TOSTITOS

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There’s a special circle of hell reserved for people who bring this jar of glop to a party.

READ: Mexican Food Doesn’t Get The Respect It Deserves, Says Chef Javier Plascencia

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