Review: Moe’s Southwest Grill Chili Con Queso & Which Side Is Your “Good Side” & Why Are You Crazy?

Junk Food Nation, have you ever been with a group of people, and some members of your group insist on standing on one side of the group because, as they explain it, it’s their “good side”?  That is, they feel like that side of their body is the more photogenic side?

This happened to me recently, and it got me thinking…in some ways it makes sense.  If you see a ton of photos of yourself, and you recognize a pattern of looking good from one side over the other, I can see why you’d like that angle better.  But once you start INSISTING on moving to one side of a photo to achieve this “good side,” why aren’t you insane at that point?  I once had a friend move from one side of the dinner table to stand behind other friends to ensure that her “good side” was the one showing.  YOU WERE SITTING RIGHT OVER HERE. You weren’t standing behind those other people during the meal!  You maniac.

What if your online dating profile is one angle…will you feel self conscious from the other angle in real life? Or maybe you’ll sit at the table with your good side facing the potential soulmate the whole time?  Whoa…you ARE crazy.

But, maybe *I’m* crazy and don’t understand it. So, I throw it out to you – Junk Food Nation, do *you* have a good side, and which side is it? Why did you choose that side? Do you feel like you look thinner/more attractive from that angle? When you walk down the straight, do you angle that side outward?  Tell me in the comments below.

My friends at Moe’s Southwest Grill contacted me, asking me to try their new Chili Con Queso.  They’d even foot the bill.  Well, who am I to refuse free food?  Of course, that meant I had to FIND a Moe’s Southwest Grill.  Luckily, there’s a few of them in DC, and one near me in the Metro Center area…

Moe's Southwest Grill Chili Con Queso

Moe’s Southwest Grill Chili Con Queso: Food court pic!

Moe's Southwest Grill Chili Con Queso

Moe’s Southwest Grill Chili Con Queso: Front shot

It was near closing time when I went after work, but the people working the shop, despite clearly being in clean-up mode, were still happy to help me.  According to the press release, Moe’s Southwest Grill Chili Con Queso is basically their normal cheesy queso with “seasoned ground beef and fresh jalapenos.”  You can order it as a side, or have it on a burrito (which is what the signs behind the counter were advertising.”

I ordered the side, and besides placing a cup full of their new queso into the paper bag, the guy behind the counter loaded the bag full of chips.  Welp, I guess I know what’s for dinner tonight!

Moe's Southwest Grill Chili Con Queso

Moe’s Southwest Grill Chili Con Queso: Skip the Line

I have to honest; this is only the second or third time I’d ever been to Moe’s, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d never had their queso before, either…but I was ready to find out what the hub-bub was.

Moe's Southwest Grill Chili Con Queso

Moe’s Southwest Grill Chili Con Queso: Front cup shot

Moe's Southwest Grill Chili Con Queso

Moe’s Southwest Grill Chili Con Queso: Back cup shot

Here, you see depicted the cup of Moe’s Southwest Grill Chili Con Queso and the bag of chips I received. “Show us what YOU’RE famous for”? What’s with the demands, Moe’s? Let me just crack this sucker open…

Moe's Southwest Grill Chili Con Queso

Moe’s Southwest Grill Chili Con Queso: Golden lava

Moe's Southwest Grill Chili Con Queso

Moe’s Southwest Grill Chili Con Queso: Dip the chip

Moe's Southwest Grill Chili Con Queso

Moe’s Southwest Grill Chili Con Queso: Nice visual

When I opened the cup of Moe’s Southwest Grill Chili Con Queso, the aroma was actually pretty good.  I’ve had plenty of queso in my life, and this one matched what I’d typically had before – a great smell of cheese, as well as the noticeable smell of peppers.  The consistency of the queso was nice and smooth; not too watery but certainly not gummy.  It was plenty hot too – definitely the key to the nice consistency.

Up close, I could already see the bits of peppers and ground beef.  The chips Moe’s provided were standard – thin, crispy, white corn tortilla chips with plenty of salt.  Time to munch.

Moe's Southwest Grill Chili Con Queso

Moe’s Southwest Grill Chili Con Queso: Sccoooooop

Moe's Southwest Grill Chili Con Queso

Moe’s Southwest Grill Chili Con Queso: PEPPERS!

Moe's Southwest Grill Chili Con Queso

Moe’s Southwest Grill Chili Con Queso: beefy goodness

Before I knew it, I had eaten more than half of this Moe’s Southwest Grill Chili Con Queso. It was pretty good. Let me describe: Like I said before, I’ve eaten a lot of queso in my life.  So all I wanted from this Moe’s queso was for it to match the delish I typically associate with queso.  I mean, it’s melted cheese – you CANNOT screw this up.  Or rather, DON’T screw it up because BAD melted cheese is an abomination. I should know – I had leftover congealed Velveeta in a pot for days after the Super Bowl last year.  Horrible.

This queso definitely held up. The flavor of the cheese was just right – it wasn’t too cheddar-y or even nacho-y – it gave just the right amount of creamy cheesiness plus salt without feeling too oily.  The added peppers definitely widened the flavor – definitely added a nice vegetable-y pepper flavor as well as a general chili/chile-taste to the cheese itself.  Sort of like a melted pepperjack.  The bits of ground beef, while ultimately I didn’t notice them as much texturally as I’d hoped, added a meatiness to the taste that I appreciated – there was no mistaking this was a chili con queso vs. a normal smooth queso.

All in all, Moe’s delivered.  A solid queso with additions that took the flavor where I wanted.  Good mouth feel, and just the right level of salt.  Moe’s footed the bill for me this time, but I’d definitely get this again.

PURCHASED AT: Moe’s Southwest Grill, 13th and F, NW, Washington, DC

COST: $6.59 (yes you read that right)

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Sincerely,

Junk Food Guy

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Discuss - 14 Comments

  1. $7 for melted cheese with a few bits of meat and some peppers? Whoa, Moe’s. We love Moe’s, but that’s nuts.

    I’ve never observed this ‘best side’ behavior…but I think mine is shown in my avatar. Yes, that’s a cake in my avatar.

  2. CannedWalrus says:

    My face is horribly asymmetric. I definitely have a good side and a bad side, but I mostly just try to avoid having my profile photographed. My nose is like a condor beak

    How do you rank Moe’s with Qdoba and Chipotle overall?

    • I know you were asking JFG, but personally Moe’s is my favorite and it’s not close. I hate Chipotle’s rice (others say they get Chipotle because of the rice). Only had Qdoba maybe twice but wasn’t into that either, again I think it was their rice. I guess if you like the rice at those other places you might not like Moe’s 🙂

    • junkfoodguy says:

      @CannedWalrus – I’m personally a Chipotle fanatic, but I like Moe’s second. I really do not like Qdoba 🙁

  3. MP says:

    I love Chili Con Queso but I wouldn’t pay $7 for it. Best nacho cheese I ever had was from a Wisconsin company called Merkt’s. It had a very nice sharp tangy cheddar flavor & red and green peppers, I ate it religiously after school from 1990-96, it came with a black label and lid & then it disappeared forever.
    Now I just make my own with deli American cheese & milk as my base & add things like Trader Joe’s salsa, or fresh diced tomatoes, jalapenos, spices, etc. I’ve tried all the other quesos in a jar or can & they’re very bland and lack cheese flavor.

    • Mike N. says:

      I’ve got a tub of Merkt’s beer cheese in my fridge right now! Never knew they made a nacho cheese. I agree the jarred stuff is usually pretty bad. The classic Velvetta with Ro*Tel always seems to satisfy, though. I don’t think Ro*Tel is available nationwide, though.

      As far as the ‘best side’ discussion, it reminds me that I still always walk on the street side when walking with a lady friend; it’s an old fashioned gentlemanly thing, but somehow it’s engrained in me. (I guess the theory is that the gentleman shields the lady from splashes from the street or careening vehicles.) I also never have a candle out without first burning the wick, another old school etiquette thing.

    • junkfoodguy says:

      @MP: No more Merkt’s? Hmmmmm weird. But I agree – in general jar quesos are yuck

  4. ALL CAPS says:

    My best side is definintely my left side. The way my hair grows in on my left side is different than my right side and my left eye looks better than my right (srs)

  5. jarred says:

    The new chili queso is so good I love it #BRINGITBACKING I WANT IT????????????????

  6. Adizzle says:

    If you want good Mexican cheese dip I have found the best and cheapest place to go is any where that you might need to know a little Spanish to be able to order, any where that has only Mexicans working there

  7. Elayne says:

    I ordered nachos (no meat) with quacamole – cost $9.10 to go. I took for granted the cashier (manager) had included the bag charge of 5 cents since she asked if it was o go. When I asked for the bag, she said 5 cents. Well I did not have 5 cents but offered her a debit card which she replied I can’t charge 5 cents. Since I needed a bag to carry the nachos, I said refund my money. Amazing or stupidity at its best? She preferred to refunded my card $9.10 and toss the nachos all because I did not have 5 cents cash. No more Moe’s for me (location: 1331 Penn Ave., NW, Washington DC

  8. Elayne says:

    I ordered nachos (no meat) with quacamole – cost $9.10 to go. I took for granted the cashier (manager) had included the bag charge of 5 cents since she asked if it was to go. When I asked for the bag, she said 5 cents. Well I did not have 5 cents but offered her a debit card which she replied I can’t charge 5 cents. Since I needed a bag to carry the nachos, I said refund my money. Amazing or stupidity at its best? She preferred to refunded my card $9.10 and toss the nachos all because I did not have 5 cents cash. No more Moe’s for me! I wonder if the owner knows how wasteful this manager is.. – location: 1331 Penn Ave., NW, Washington DC

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