Nacho Cheese Sauce

Mexican food is getting more and more popular. Here is a simple recipe for nacho cheese sauce that makes a great dip, with a little spicy kick for some nachos. Why not smother the nacho cheese sauce all over some tortilla chips or dip your fries or Doritos in them for a lovely snack.

Ingredients (makes approximately 700 ml)

  • 25g/1oz Butter
  • 600ml/1 pint Milk
  • 200g/7oz Cheese (Solid cheese such as cheddar, red Leicester or gouda)
  • Salt and pepper (white or black – your choice) to taste.
  • 2 Chilli peppers. Preferably jalapeno but whatever you can lay your hands on.


  1. Place the butter in a saucepan and melt over a medium heat.
  2. Add 2 chopped chilli peppers and fry for just around 10 seconds.
  3. Add the flour whilst stirring and cook for a minute or two (This is known as a roux).
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and gradually add the milk bit by bit, stirring each splash to form a smooth mix before adding more. Do not add all the milk at the same time.
  5. Once the milk is mixed in with the flour, return the pan to the heat. Stir continuously as the sauce heats and bring it to the boil.
  6. Allow the sauce to simmer for 5-10 minutes and add a little salt or pepper to taste.
  7. Stir in the cheese, letting it melt gradually without boiling the sauce. When it is mixed and melted remove it from the heat.
  8. Taste the nacho cheese sauce and enjoy.


Alternative nacho flavours

You can add other ingredients. Try the following adaptations:

  • Using chipotle chilli for a smokey chilli-cheese sauce.
  • Fry a sliced onion before adding the flour.
  • Serve with some re-fried beans, some guacamole and a glass of something nice.

 Watch the video on how to make at home Nacho cheese sauce

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