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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.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade nacho cheese, homemade nacho cheese sauce, how to make homemade nacho cheese sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 10 people
Calories 132kcal
Author Melissa
Cost $3


  • 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