Southwestern Cheese Sauce

This warm, creamy Southwestern cheese sauce is perfect as a dip for chips or preztels. It’s also fantastic on hot dogs and hamburgers and anywhere else you need a cheese sauce, but with a nice kick! Next time you have a recipe that calls for that “other” cheese sauce, substitute this instead!

Southwestern Cheese SauceI use my homemade Cajun seasoning in this Southwestern cheese sauce. It’s very easy to make. Plus it has the added advantage that I can control the amount of salt. I always keep a big batch of it in the pantry because i used it in just about everything.

Southwestern Cheese Sauce

Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Mike


  • 1 12 ounce can evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • Cajun seasoning to taste
  • 8 ounces pepper Jack cheese shredded
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/2 fresh lemon juiced
  • Salt and white pepper


  • Warm milk in a small pan over medium heat until steamy. Keep an eye on it and don't let it bowl.
  • Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Whisk in the flour until smooth.
  • Whisk in the warmed milk until the sauce is thick and creamy.
  • Stir in the Cajun seasoning and cheese and stir until the cheese is melted.
  • Add in the salsa, lemon juice, and salt and pepper.

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