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Sunday, 13 February 2022

Nacho Cheese Recipe (How to Make Nacho Cheese Sauce)

 Nacho Cheese Sauce is so simple and quick (5 minute recipe!). Watch our video for how to make nacho cheese at home for game day. This Homemade Nacho Cheese Recipe is better than you can buy and so easy and fool-proof. A must make for the Super Bowl, game day, Cinco de Mayo, and beyond!

dipping a tortilla chip into a bowl of nacho cheese sauce

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Nacho Cheese Sauce Recipe

This homemade nacho cheese sauce recipe is a lifesaver. It’s SO cheesy, and it only takes 5 minutes to make. Make this easy cheese dip ANY time!

There’s one thing in this life that I will never get tired of. That thing is CHEESE. As if I haven’t already made a million delicious queso recipes, I’m back at it with this super easy cheese dip.

Forget stressing out to get a dip ready for that party or unexpected guests. This recipe only takes 5 minutes to make!

I’ll be honest, my favorite use for this cheese sauce is actually for those times when I’m CRAVING cheese out of nowhere and just need a quick fix.

This easy cheese dip is great for parties, but it’s even better for those times when you’re at home alone and need something to dip your chips in.

This homemade nacho cheese sauce is soooo cheesy, and it has just a little hint of heat from the hot sauce. So perfect! It’s great for chips and cheese style nachos, but you can really use it on anything.

I actually made it for this Cheesy Pretzel Crust Pizza, but now I’m using it for all my dipping needs!

Why You’ll Love this Cheese Sauce Recipe:

  • CHEESY: This hot, melty, liquidy cheese sauce is the definition of cheesy! It’s so delicious, rich, and flavorful.
  • QUICK & EASY: This recipe is so easy to make. You only need 4 or 5 ingredients, and about 5 minutes to fully melt the cheese. Have it ready in minutes!
  • ANY TIME DIP: It’s perfect for snacks, appetizers, parties, game day, Cinco de Mayo, Taco Night, or absolutely any time you need something quick.

This easy Nacho Cheese Sauce recipe can be made in just 5 minutes. It will be ready for dipping in a flash!

a whisk covered in cheese sauce
homemade nacho cheese sauce in a bowl, surrounded by tortilla chips


  • Shredded Cheese: Shredded cheese is easy to melt evenly. I recommend using sharp cheddar cheese, and pepper jack for a little bit of spice.
  • Evaporated Milk: Evaporated milk is thick and creamy, which lends to the perfect texture for our cheese sauce. Note that this is UNSWEETENED condensed milk–do not use a sweetened version.
  • Cornstarch: Cornstarch is used here as a thickening agent. I prefer it over flour since cornstarch simply has more thickening power. 
  • Hot Sauce: Use any hot sauce you like. Something classic like Frank’s works great. You can leave this out if you don’t want any heat.

Homemade Nacho Cheese Recipe

Nacho Cheese (yum)…I’ve always been a fan of those nachos you get at the ballpark or at movie theaters. Sure, you can get nachos baked and covered with all kinds of toppings. But sometimes I’m a simple gal, who just wants to dip some tortilla chips in a bowl of cheese dip.

This homemade nacho cheese recipe is the perfect EASY cheese dip to make for simple nachos. Just whip it up on the stove top, and you’ve got a hot and cheesy dip ready in no time. It gets so thick and bubbly, and it’s just perfect with classic tortilla chips. Everyone LOVES this dip on game day.

That’s not the only thing you can use it for, of course. This cheese sauce works as a dip for any appetizer, and man would this make some great cheese fries! Pour it, dip it, drink it…I won’t judge. Just make sure you make some of this nacho cheese sauce ASAP.

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