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4.45 from 9 votes

Homemade Nacho 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 Time2 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time7 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Nacho Cheese Sauce
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 220kcal


  • 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