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Nacho Cheese Sauce is ridiculously easy to make, and tastes so much better than store bought. Enjoy it as a dip or on a plate of nachos.

Bowl of nacho cheese sauce next to a bowl of chips with drizzled cheese sauce on top

Nacho cheese sauce is so stinkin’ delicious. It is basically a cheese gravy, and what’s not to like about that? This is good as a dip with tortilla chips, or on a giant plate of nachos. However you like it, you are going to love this cheese sauce.

Let’s talk cheese choices. You have many options when it comes to nacho cheese sauce, and they are all delicious in their own unique ways. Velveeta is a processed American cheese, and is a standard option when it comes to nacho cheese sauce. It will be thicker, smoother, and creamier than a shredded cheese. You can also use your standard cheddar cheese or other favorite melting cheese, which will make a thinner, slightly grainer sauce.

Can I use store bought pre-shredded cheese?

Freshly grated cheese is best. The additives in pre-shredded cheese that keep it from clumping impacts its ability to melt.

Cheese Options:

You can use a processed American cheese like Velveeta, or any melting cheese can be made into a nacho cheese sauce including: Cheddar, Colby Jack, or even Mozzarella. 

Bowl of chips coated with nacho cheese sauce

Storage and Reheating Instructions: 

Nacho cheese sauce is best eaten fresh. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat either in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until heated through, or in a saucepan on the stove over medium heat. 

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A hand dipping a tortilla chip into a small bowl of cheese sauce
Nacho Cheese Sauce is ridiculously easy to make, and tastes so much better than store bought. Enjoy it as a dip or on a plate of nachos.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese or processed American cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Whisk in flour and cayenne pepper and cook 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Whisk in milk and bring to a simmer.
  • Reduce the heat to low and add in cheese.
  • Stir until cheese is melted.


Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 286mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 579IU | Calcium: 318mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Nacho Cheese Sauce
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