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homemade nacho cheese sauce

Recipe by
Chrissy Hackley
Vestal, NY

We LOVE nachos so this recipe was born because we ran out of the canned nacho cheese sauce and nobody wanted to go to the store, haha. Easy and simple ingredients that comes together quick! The cayenne pepper really adds a punch on the back of the palate so adjust to your preferred flavor. You can always add more but can't take away! My 10 year old LOVES this recipe!

yield 6 serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For homemade nacho cheese sauce

  • 2 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 1/2 c
    whole milk
  • 8 oz
    sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp
    cayenne pepper, or less depending on preferred spicy level
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp
    seasoning salt, or less depending on preference

How To Make homemade nacho cheese sauce

  • 1
    In medium pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and whisk to combine. Continue to whisk and cook 1-2 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • 2
    While whisking, slowly add 1 cup of milk. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Should be a smooth sauce, if too thick add more milk until desired consistency, up to 1/2 cup.
  • 3
    Whisk in seasonings. Remove from heat. Whisk in cheese and stir until smooth. If too thick for your preference, you can always add more milk a tablespoon at a time to reach desired consistency.
  • 4
    Great as is on tortilla chips, or on cooked broccoli & cauliflower or any recipe that calls for a cheese sauce! Sometimes we build deluxe nacho plates with this sauce using taco toppings!

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