Nacho Cheese Sauce

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This is my go-to easy nacho cheese sauce. It’s great over hot dogs (such as the awesome grilled San Antonio hot dogs shown below). It’s also fantastic as a dip, drizzled over steamed veggies, over baked potatoes, on burgers. Just about everything needs this sauce. Add chili to make a great chili sauce for fries. Or, add salsa for a fantastic dip.

Grilled San Antonio Hot Dog

Add just a little cayenne or chopped pickled jalapenos to your sauce. Or chipotles in adobo sauce or your favorite hot sauce (Sriracha is awesome in a cheese sauce!) to this nacho cheese sauce for a little kick.

Grilled San Antonio Hot Dog
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Nacho Cheese Sauce

This is my go-to easy nacho cheese sauce.
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword cheese, sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 474kcal
Author Mike


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk plus more, if needed
  • 7 slices processed American cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add in the flour and stir. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Slowly pour in the milk and stir until thickened.
  • Break the cheese into smaller pieces and add to the pan along with the salt.
  • Stir until the cheese has melted completely, 10-15 minutes.
  • Add more milk if the mixture gets too thick.


Calories: 474kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 1858mg | Potassium: 292mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1242IU | Calcium: 923mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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