With the election over and the current session of Congress almost concluded, some senators have some time on their hands. It looks like the two senators from Texas, Ted Cruz, and John Cornyn, have decided to have a good old fashion food throw down with the two senators from Arkansas, Tom Cotton and John Boozman. At issue is which is the tastiest confection, Texas queso or Arkansas cheese dip.

The blind taste test is to pit queso from Uncle Julio’s in Dallas to cheese dip from Heights Taco and Tamale in Little Rock.

The taste off will take place during a Senate lunch.

Arkansas started the cheese war by claiming that the confection they call cheese dip was invented at an eatery called Mexico Chiquito in Little Rock in the 1930s. The World Cheese Dip Competition is hosted in Little Rock every year.

While people from Arkansas think they invented the cheesy sauce in which tortilla chips are dipped in and eaten.

Texans know that queso was invented in Northern Mexico much earlier and made its way into Texas before it even arrived in Arkansas.

Sen Tom Cotton was not able to make it to the taste off owing to the birth of his child that occurred on that exact day, which caused some good natured ribbing from Sen. Cruz who suggested that his fellow senator was so keen to avoid defending the indefensible that he arranged for it.

According to a tweet by the Dallas News' Jordan Rudner, Cruz then launched into a full throated defense of Texas queso, stating, "Queso is made to be scooped up with tortilla trips, dribbling down your chin and onto your shirt."

Only Ted Cruz would admit to being a messy eater and get away with it.

Queso, or as it is more properly termed, chili con queso that consists of melted cheese mixed with peppers that is service as a side dish as part of TexMex cuisine.

It can be used as a dipping sauce or used as part of an entrée, such as fajitas, enchiladas and nachos. It is best served warm to a gooey consistency.

“Cheese dip” properly understood is melted cheese without the peppers, tastes rather bland, and is not spoken of in the state of Texas.

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