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Arkansas has made the mistake of officially claiming a traditional and popular Tex-Mex dish as their own.

It’s almost laughable.

But Texas isn’t laughing.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Arkansas is messing with Texas in their article “Don’t tell Texas, but Arkansas is laying claim to Queso“.

“When it comes to food, Arkansas has long lived in the shadow of neighbors such as Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee […],” the article advocated for overlooked state. “Many Arkansans think cheese dip has finally given them something to call their own.”


“In Queso Forever: A Movie About Cheese Dip,” a 2009 documentary, was also pulled in to support Arkansan claims that they are the place where “the world’s first cheese dip might have been served,” at a Little Rock chain eatery called Mexico Chiquito.

The Houston Chronicle is rightly crying foul:

Robb Walsh, Tex-Mex writer and expert, said he declined judging the World Cheese Dip Championship in Arkansas because they “misnamed chile con queso” and all competitors were local. Add Lisa Fain, author of “The Homesick Texan Cookbook,” who told the Wall Street Journal queso’s origins are tied to northern Mexico. 

While Arkansans busy their mouths trying to tell the world they own cheese dip, Texans will be filling theirs with authentic queso.

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Yes, we will.

Arkansas really doesn’t have much in the way of a food culture, so we can almost understand their desire to land on the culinary map, but it’s not working.

Next time, we may be forced to get Greg Abbott to declare sanctions against the Razorback state.

On second thought, if cheese dip is something Arkansas wants to lay claim to, we will be willing to cede control of all spray cheeses. (AKA edible plastic)

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