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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. 

  • What is the best way to reheat nacho cheese sauce?

    You can 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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Bowl of chips coated with nacho cheese sauce
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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April 28, 2020 10:14 am

I took the time to actually make this because I’m so obsessed with nachos (and because we have a food shortage at the moment in our home in the UK!) and boy, is this amazing!!! It’s outrageously creamy and delicious. Thanks so much!!

April 11, 2020 12:42 pm

5 stars
I used half shredded cheddar and half Velveeta, added a little more milk, cayenne and some garlic powder. Delicious! I love your recipes!

May 18, 2020 12:41 pm

5 stars
This is amazing, I have always had grainy cheese sauce, this one turned out great and very quick, even my mom liked it, which is saying a lot! Thanks!

April 14, 2020 8:39 pm

5 stars
This recipe melts my heart!

September 11, 2020 12:00 am

5 stars
Love this recipe, and I usually add a can of chopped green chilies.
I am a fan of all of your wonderful recipes.

Sally Mayo
May 24, 2020 7:49 pm

5 stars
Easy but new to me , I will try it soon , I like to have a variety of dips for adults and children

April 19, 2020 3:08 pm

5 stars
So easy to make and so yummy. I did use the Velveeta because well, it is just perfect for this.

Oppp iu
November 7, 2020 8:08 am

5 stars
Tasty! I love this new cheese. Thanks

October 26, 2020 9:15 am

5 stars
So good! Just made it and couldn’t stop. I could never finish the store bought jars of nacho cheese dip because it would be really salty. I love that now I can adjust the saltiness. I did half velveeta and half medium cheddar cheese. I kept everything the same.

April 11, 2020 9:43 am

5 stars
Great video, now all teens can make their own with confidence!

Colette Smith
April 11, 2020 6:36 am

Very good recipe. Thank you for sharing with us.

June 20, 2020 1:41 pm

4 stars
It leaves something to be desired but it’s okay. Still edible

May 22, 2020 8:42 pm

1 star
Normally Rachel, the recipes here are beyond delicious, yummy, great, family approved and make again worthy. I have been a fan of your recipes for years!
This recipe is not one of them. It was bland, boring, tasteless and I ended up throwing it out. It’s just a plain cheese sauce that you would add to macaroni to make Mac and cheese. Nothing about this was nacho worthy. Sorry but it’s a one off recipe.

June 17, 2020 4:29 pm
Reply to  Sarah

I use sriracha instead of cayenne and use pepper jack cheese with a little American for smoothness, you could add jalapeños or other peppers to kick it up. I consider this a base recipe!

September 6, 2020 5:02 pm
Reply to  Sarah

I agree but you could of saved the sauce for mac and cheese. Recipe needs a little kick like jalapenos or red cayenne or hot chili sauce.

November 18, 2020 5:38 pm
Reply to  Sarah

I bet if you diced up some jalapenos and threw them in to this, it would be delicious.

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