Not'yo Ordinary Nacho Cheese Sauce


Not happy with any at-home recipes for nacho sauce, I made up my own! A thick, creamy nacho cheese sauce that you will swear came out of a jar. Cheesy, subtly spicy, and bursting with nacho flavor--it rivals any store-bought nacho cheese sauce. Just be sure to save some aside for yourself! Serve warm immediately over or with tortilla chips, on tacos or burritos, or as any other dip.

close up view of Nacho Cheese Sauce in a white bowl, served with tortilla chips
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
9 mins
Total Time:
19 mins
1 large bowl


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cups milk, divided

  • 3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 3 tablespoons sour cream

  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles (such as Rotel®), drained slightly

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin, or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon paprika, or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste

  • ground black pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in flour to form a thick paste. Whisk in 3/4 cup milk; cook and stir until thickened, 3 to 4 minutes.

  2. Stir Cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and sour cream into milk mixture until smooth, about 1 minute. Add remaining milk, diced tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, and paprika; cook and stir until thickened to sauce consistency, about 5 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

272 Calories
23g Fat
6g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 272
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 13g 64%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 486mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 307mg 24%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 126mg 3%

* 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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