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Friday, February 2, 2018

Trader Joe's Queso Cheese Dip

So this weekend is the Super Bowl!


A couple years ago, I could plop down, turn any old football game (much less the biggest one of the year) and be reasonably entertained. These days? Not so much. Not exactly sure why, but pigskin doesn't have the same appeal to me in the past few seasons. I didn't even watch the Super Bowl, opting for a date out with my wife including going to emptiest Cheesecake Factory ever. I've watched maybe five games over the past three seasons. My guess is, watching a bunch of big guys in tights run around, fight over a ball, smack each other senseless with concussions, only for every play to be dissected in slo-mo for ten agonizing minutes on "instant replay" with continued live look-ins to whatever funny grimace the head coach is making just doesn't hold the same appeal to me, and for my small amount of attention I can give the sports world, I choose to devote it to baseball.

It's kinda the same for Trader Joe's Queso Cheese Dip. I'm not sure how this blog has been around for like eight years and we've never mentioned this product...but it's true. If the TJ queso would have come up in review rotation years back, I'd probably LOVE this stuff. I mean, it's semi-spicy-salsafied cheese, how can it go wrong?

Well, for whatever reason, it just doesn't cut it for me any more. Sandy and I picked up the diminutive jar for a recent taco night in the name of trying something different. Shoulda sticked to the classics. The cheese is kinda runny and gloppy and absolutely needs to be warmed to be palatable. I tried some cold just now to revisit the taste - cold, clammy, and kinda booger-y. Not recommended.

It's apparently some sort of cheese blend that's primarily cheddar according to the ingredient label. I will grant that it's better quality nacho cheese than the stadium standard yellow sauce. But not by all that much. There's still a fake, salty taste to it. The spices and peppers do convey a little warm heat, but is generally inoffensive. If anything, it tastes a little more towards pickled and vinegar than actual heat. Overall, it's just not an impressive product.

Anyways, if you need a dip for the game, go for it. You could do worse, I'm sure. But I'll be looking for something else, as I am planning on watching at least some this weekend. I grew up an Eagles fan and am watching more out of obligation than anything, even though I can't tell you in 100% certainty if Doug Pederson is the head coach or quarterback after that Wentz guy got some sort of big ouchie. Won't have too much feeling about the outcome either way, I'm sure. Kinda the same for the TJ queso dip - mehs abound.

Bottom line: Trader Joe's Queso Cheese Dip: 5 out of 10 Golden Spoons


  1. I don't like this sauce...notice the fat content is listed at zero grams? If cheese sauce has no fat, it's no bueno. For jarred queso, Tostitos is acceptable. Otherwise just stop at Chipotle and get some better queso if you don't feel like making your own from scratch.

    1. It can't be cheese sauce if it has no cheese! No fat =no cheese...I'm surprised at you Trader Joe's

  2. I suppose it's good for those on a diet, but it tastes too vinegary for me.

  3. I have tried this product before and I agree with Lb! How can there be no fat per serving in something that's supposed to be a cheese sauce? The overall taste is just strange & off. I also agree that it has a weird consistency-congealed, gloppy & overall barfy.

  4. I totally agree with all of the comments. Not good!

  5. If you read the ingredients on this stuff, it's made from whey, not cheese. Whey is what is removed when cheese is made, therefore this is anti-cheese.

  6. My husband loves this stuff, and I enjoy it too. I hate “nacho cheese” but this is great on beans or burritos.

  7. Wish I would have read this before I bought it... yuck! C'mon TJ's get it together, doesn't someone taste test these products?

  8. This stuff is probably the worst queso I have ever had. It's NASTY!

  9. You guys are eating it all wrong!! I use it as a base sauce on breakfast pita pizzas. It’s SO DANG GOOD topped with egg, salsa, and real cheddar cheese.


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