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Uncle Julio’s Queso Suffers Crushing Defeat To Arkansas Cheese Dip In Senate Taste Test

The Dallas-based chain failed to secure Texas’ cheesy legacy

Maybe Uncle Julio’s just wasn’t the right contender?
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Earlier this year, Arkansas attempted to take credit for queso, one of the world’s most beautiful creations that undoubtedly has its real origins in Texas. In order to settle the bet (we guess), Republicans in the Senate held a tasting to see which state’s dip came out on top.

Unfortunately, the Dallas Morning News reports that queso from Uncle Julio’s in Dallas somehow managed to lose out to an unknown contender from Arkansas. “"The chile con queso from Texas may have a little bit of spice in it, and it may be a little too much for the tender palates here inside the beltway,” said Texas senator John Cornyn after the crushing defeat.

Senator Ted Cruz managed to make things weird when he offered a passionate statement in defense of Texas queso, saying that there was “no question” that it’s better than anything that Arkansas has to offer. However you feel about Cruz and his politics, it’s pretty hard to argue with that.

Check out the full (and bizarre) statement here:

Perhaps Uncle Julio’s wasn’t the best entry that Texas could have submitted in this taste test, or maybe it’s just that Republicans in Congress don’t have great taste in cheese dip.

Either way, queso rules.