Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce

by Erin

Make movie theater style nachos at home with with this homemade nacho cheese sauce recipe. No processed cheese.

Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce 1

I cannot believe we have reached the fourth Monday of September already, which means it’s Secret Recipe Club Time! This month I was assigned to Traci’s blog Burnt Apple. Traci has a wide variety of recipes from savory bacon wrapped chicken with goat cheese and basil, to seasonal pumpkin caramel cookies, and fun unicorn poop cookies! Yes unicorn poop and it looks like a lot of fun. Lots of colors and sprinkles! I actually narrowed down my choices to those two cookies but then I saw her recipe for homemade nacho cheese sauce. I know that with fall on the rise pumpkin may have seemed like the better choice but I disagree. I wanted eat nachos while watching football! And since I am part of #10DaysofTailgate currently going on right now I thought it fit perfectly with that theme (and it just may appear in another recipe later this week).

This nacho cheese sauce looks and tastes just like the real deal and there’s no velveeta involved. I loved using fresh pepperjack and cheddar cheese to make this nacho cheese sauce. I bet you could change it up with whatever cheeses you have on hand but of course that will change the flavor. I kind of want to try it with monterey jack and pepperjack for a white nacho cheese sauce. Thanks Traci for letting me poke around your blog this month and I look forward to trying my hand at some unicorn poop soon :-).

Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce 2

One year ago: Corn Salsa

Two years ago: Peanut Butter and Chocolate French Toast

Three years ago: Pumpkin Granola


Makes 2 cups


i cup evaporated milk (can substitute with whole milk)

4 oz. pepperjack cheese, cut into cubes

4 oz. cheddar cheese, cut into cubes

1 Tbsp cornstarch

1-2 tsp hot sauce, optional


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, add the milk and cheeses. As the cheese begins to melt, whisk in the cornstarch. Continue to heat until the sauce becomes smooth, bubbly and thickened. Stir in the hot sauce if using.
  2. Remove from heat and serve in bowls or drizzle over nachos. Use additional milk to thin nacho sauce to desired consistency if needed.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Heat on stove top or on low in microwave for several minutes. Use additional milk if necessary to thin.

Source: Burnt Apple
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susan @ the wimpy vegetarian September 28, 2014 - 6:40 pm

I’m watching football right now, and would love to have nachos with this sauce! It would be gone in an instant!! Great SRC pick this month!!

Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories September 24, 2014 - 2:47 am

I have always wanted to know how to make this!!

April September 23, 2014 - 9:16 pm

Love this recipe, If it can be made homemade I’m all for it. I’ll have to keep this in mind the next time my family wants nachos.

Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction September 23, 2014 - 10:05 am

This cheese sauce is perfect for game day! I need to add this to our menu soon!

Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures September 23, 2014 - 8:08 am

What a great recipe for watching a football game on TV!

Joanne September 23, 2014 - 7:47 am

Can’t go wrong with CHEESE. Loving this!

cheri September 22, 2014 - 11:28 pm

Great recipe, love this sauce!

avril September 22, 2014 - 11:06 pm

Erin I am completely in awe of this recipe! It is brilliant! I can not wait to make it for my family!!! Thank you, thank you for such a fabulous SRC pick!

Melissa September 22, 2014 - 10:24 pm

With football season in full swing, I see this being made for some snacking during games in the near future! Awesome pick this month :)

Tara September 22, 2014 - 8:56 pm

Love the use of natural ingredients! Will definitely have to try this.

Emily @ Life on Food September 22, 2014 - 7:52 pm

I just made something similar last week. So good! I ate most of the bowl all by myself. Happy Reveal Day!!

Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines September 22, 2014 - 6:01 pm

I’m a sucker for anything cheese!! Great src pick~ Lynn

Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel September 22, 2014 - 5:09 pm

I love this! So much better than whatever creepy ingredients are in the jarred kind!!

Traci September 22, 2014 - 2:52 pm

Thank you so much for the kind feature this month. Your recipe turned out amazing. (And I LOVE that brand of chips!) So glad you enjoyed it!

Beth September 22, 2014 - 12:55 pm

Sounds delicious! I love the idea of making this from scratch.

Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm September 22, 2014 - 12:34 pm

Great choice for this month. I posted my recipe this month on both site also.

lk529 September 22, 2014 - 12:30 pm

I have a queso coming up over the next #10DaysofTailgate too. Mine easily done with velveeta. Although my husband really wanted me to make a more “real” queso, the lazy Lauren won out. I will definitely be giving your version a try. Love that you use pepper jack!

Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious September 22, 2014 - 10:53 am

Mmmmm…nachos. ALWAYS welcome here. Great SRC choice!

Amy @ Fearless Homemaker September 22, 2014 - 9:51 am

Ooh, I love nacho cheese sauce and your homemade version looks wonderful! What a fun choice for the SRC. So thrilled I got you this month, by the way!

SallyBR September 22, 2014 - 9:47 am

Never thought of making my own nacho cheese sauce, one of my stepsons is crazy about it, and I intend to keep this in mind for his next visit… unfortunately that might take a loooong time (sigh)

Rebekah @ Making Miracles September 22, 2014 - 8:41 am

That looks like creamy, cheesy PERFECTION!! I love that kind of queso dip. DEFINITELY going to give this one a try. :) Fantastic pick this month!

Caitlin September 22, 2014 - 6:35 am

My husband is going to be really happy about this…I refuse to use velveeta but he loves the texture of the cheese sauce it makes (which I can’t deny my love for the taste either, just still grossed out by it). Perfect for a lazy Sunday!

spiffycookie September 22, 2014 - 8:41 am

Yay! This will definitely give you that same texture, enjoy!


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