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How to Make Nacho Cheese Sauce

On game day, don’t be left without saucy melted cheese for your tortilla chips! It’s un-American! And Chef John’s homemade version towers mightily above the prepared kind. Plus, it’s so simple to prepare. In this video, you’ll see how to make a quick white sauce with butter, flour, and cold milk. Then, it’s spice time. Chef John uses four kinds of powdered chili peppers and a secret blend of three cheeses, freshly grated and slowly melted into the white sauce. Mmmm, nacho cheese sauce, it’s a game day classic—only better because it’s homemade. Watch the video, then get the recipe for Chef John's Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce. Serve with pickled jalapeno rings and, of course, tortilla chips! Watch Chef John's video for Quick Pickled Jalapeno Rings.

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  • starbright

Great, never have to buy store bought again. Thanks...

  • Czech-chick

Thank you, thank you! Have been using one made with corn starch, but this is more appealing. As always: Thanks Chef John for another great recipe!

  • Eleora

I am going to make gallons and gollons!! lol! Thank you so much!