Homemade nacho cheese sauce

A fast and delicious homemade nacho cheese sauce made with real cheddar cheese!

homemade nacho cheese sauce

I have to admit that my family loves the gross jar of nacho cheese goo that you can buy in the chip aisle. It’s gross. I know it, but we still eat it. I love making this cheese sauce for nachos instead because it uses real food. No cheese product in this sauce. No sirree. And it tastes better than the jar of orange goo. On top of that, this sauce is also so easy to make. Some cheese grating and whisking and 15 minutes later you have yourself a smooth and creamy cheese sauce.

Because this recipe uses real cheese as opposed to cheese product it does start to get firm when it cools. Make sure you use it immediately or keep it warm until you use it. I have thrown this in a slow cooker after making it and put it on the warm setting with great results. You’ll just have to give the cheese a good stir before serving.

homemade nacho cheese sauce

Nacho Cheese Sauce

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Melissa


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  • Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the flour and briskly whisk until combined.
  • Add the milk and continue whisking until all the lumps are gone. Increase the heat to high and bring the milk mixture to a boil. Season with salt and cayenne pepper, stir to combine.
  • Remove from heat and add the shredded cheese. Continue to whisk until the cheese is completely melted and the mixture and smooth.
  • Serve immediately.


To reheat: Add cheese to a saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of milk and heat and stir until smooth.
DO NOT reheat in the microwave as it will turn grainy and will not yield a creamy cheese sauce.
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We are celebrating National Nachos day today with our blogger friends. We think this nacho cheese sauce would be the perfect thing to make today to celebrate! Then invite all your friends over for a  build your own nacho bar!

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  • Kara

    I love that this is made with real cheddar cheese! Thanks for the tip about not heating it up in a skillet instead of a microwave. I’ve always wondered why my leftover cheese sauce turned grainy when I reheated it. Thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica

    Can you beleive I’ve never made my own nacho cheese sauce? I can’t wait to try! ReplyCancel

  • Alicia

    Homemade sauce is always way better than store-bought! This looks easy to make, too. Can’t wait to try it!ReplyCancel

  • Build your own nacho bar sounds like my favorite Friday night! ? Seriously though, nachos are a favorite indulgence!ReplyCancel

  • Isabelle

    True story… I have a shameful love affair with that awful fake nacho cheese. I love that you’ve found a way to make it at home with real cheese and none of that fake stuff… I can’t wait to try this the next time I’m having a nacho craving!ReplyCancel


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