You Can’t Have Nachos Without a Proper Cheese Sauce

September 21, 2022
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Nacho Cheese Sauce

Velvety smooth cheese sauce, perfect over your favorite tortilla chips.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 130 kcal
Author Mitchel Blue


  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ cup milk or more as needed
  • 1 ½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon taco seasoning mix
  • ½ teaspoon hot pepper sauce


  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan on medium-high heat. Whisk the cornstarch into the butter until it becomes a paste, 30 seconds to a minute. Gradually whisk in the milk until the paste smooths out, 1 to 2 minutes. Let the paste simmer until it's sauce-like in consistency, about 2 minutes.

  2. Whisk in the Cheddar, cream cheese, taco seasoning, and hot sauce into the sauce until it's a single, smooth mix, 1 to 2 minutes more. If you want the sauce thicker, add more milk. Keep the sauce warm until it's time to use it.


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