Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce

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 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

Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce

Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce is fast and delicious made with real cheddar cheese. This creamy smooth dip is the perfect game day and party appetizer.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade nacho cheese, homemade nacho cheese sauce, how to make homemade nacho cheese sauce
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 132kcal
Author: Melissa


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese mild and medium also work!


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


Makes 2 cups of Nacho Cheese Sauce
To reheat: Place sauce in a saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of milk. Stir to combine and heat until it reaches the perfect temperature. Do no boil. 
DO NOT reheat in the microwave as it will turn grainy and will not yield a creamy cheese sauce.


Serving: 3.2Tbsp. | Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 229mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 357IU | Calcium: 191mg | Iron: 1mg
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I make everything in my enameled cast iron dutch oven.

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This cheese if perfect for a build your own nacho bar!

build your own nacho bar

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