ultimate nachos with homemade cheese sauce

★★★★★ 1
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By Fran Say
from Sunnyvale, CA

November 6 is National Nacho Day! I am a big fan of mac and cheese and I adapted my recipe to make it into a nacho sauce. This is always a big hit, especially with football season in full swing. If you don't like your nacho cheese on the spicy side, consider reducing the cayenne pepper and/or using regular monterey jack cheese instead of pepper jack.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This homemade nacho cheese sauce recipe is going to become a staple in your house. The array of cheese makes the sauce super creamy. We love the added flavor from the different chili spice blends. Pour this cheese sauce over tortilla chips and add your favorite toppings for some killer nachos.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 1
serves 15-20
prep time 15 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For ultimate nachos with homemade cheese sauce

  • 1/4 c
    butter
  • 3 Tbsp
    all-purpose flour
  • 3 c
    cold milk
  • 1/2 tsp
    smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp
    chipotle chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp
    ancho chili powder
  • 1 pinch
    salt, to taste
  • 1/2 lb
    sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 lb
    Pepper Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 lb
    Muenster cheese, shredded
  • 1 can
    diced green chiles (4 oz)
  • FOR NACHOS
  • 1 bag
    tortilla chips
  • guacamole, see my recipe
  • 8 oz
    sour cream
  • 1 sm
    white onion, diced
  • 1 bunch
    green onion, chopped
  • 1/4 bunch
    cilantro, chopped
  • salsa or pico de gallo
  • 1 jar
    sliced jalapenos, drained

How To Make ultimate nachos with homemade cheese sauce

  • Flour and melted butter in a Dutch oven.
    1
    Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Evenly sprinkle 3 tablespoons of flour over the melted butter. Whisk constantly until the mixture is thick and all the flour is incorporated (3-4 minutes).
  • Cold milk and seasonings added to Dutch oven.
    2
    You will want to do these next steps very, very gradually, or your sauce will be grainy. Slowly pour cold milk into the butter mixture, whisking constantly until combined. Simmer on medium, stirring/whisking constantly, until slightly thickened about 5-7 minutes. Add in smoked paprika, ground chipotle, ancho chile powder, cayenne pepper, and a pinch of salt; stirring well.
  • Stirring in shredded cheese.
    3
    Reduce heat to low and add cheddar cheese, Pepper Jack, and Muenster cheese, adding a handful at a time as you whisk. Stir until thoroughly melted. Add in diced green chiles. Season with more salt to taste as needed. Serve immediately or keep in a slow cooker set on low.
  • A platter of Ultimate Nachos With Homemade Cheese Sauce.
    4
    When ready to serve, drizzle over your favorite tortilla chips, with chopped white onion, chopped cilantro, salsa, sliced jalapenos, sour cream, and my https://www.justapinch.com/recipes/sauce-spread/dip/best-quick-easy-guacamole.html.
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