Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce


This nacho cheese sauce recipe is not cheaper and easier to make at home, but what you lose in cost and quantity, you more than make up for in actual food content.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
20 servings


  • ¼ cup melted butter

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour

  • 3 cups cold milk

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • ¼ teaspoon ground dried chipotle pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ancho chile powder

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • salt to taste

  • ½ pound sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded

  • ¼ pound Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

  • ¼ pound Muenster cheese, shredded


  1. Melt butter in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Sprinkle in 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon flour. Whisk constantly until the mixture is thick and all the flour is incorporated, 3 to 4 minutes.

  2. Slowly pour cold milk into the butter mixture, whisking constantly until combined. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in paprika, ground chipotle, ancho chile powder, cayenne pepper, and salt.

  3. Reduce heat to low and add sharp Cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, and Muenster cheese, a handful at a time; stir until thoroughly melted. Season with salt to taste.

Cook's Note:

Test the dip with the chips you'll be serving them with, since they will affect how much salt you need to add to the dip.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

132 Calories
10g Fat
3g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 132
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 168mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 209mg 16%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 83mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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