How to make real nacho cheese

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How to make real nacho cheese
Nacho cheese sauce is easy to make. (nachos image by Daria Miroshnikova from

Melted cheese dips are a delicious dipping sauce for chips and nachos. These popular, store-bought nacho cheese dips are expensive and contain plenty of artificial flavours and preservatives to prolong their shelf life. It is simple to pick up a bottle of nacho cheese sauce at your supermarket, but making it at home will ensure it will taste better and contain no chemical preservatives.

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Things you need

  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup Monterey jack cheese
  • 1/2 fresh milk
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce
  • Sauce pan

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  1. 1

    Grate ½ cup of Monterey jack cheese and 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese in a bowl.

  2. 2

    Melt 2 tbsp butter or margarine in a medium-size saucepan. Add 1 tbsp cornstarch, 2 tbsp cream cheese and ½ cup of fresh milk or evaporated milk. Stir the mixture over low heat until smooth.

  3. 3

    Add the shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack into the mixture and stir until it is melted.

  4. 4

    Add 1 tbsp of hot sauce or cayenne pepper into the nacho cheese sauce. Stir the mixture for 2 to 3 minutes. Serve hot.

  5. 5

    Transfer any leftover sauce to a microwaveable container. This nacho sauce will harden after 30 minutes, so you will need to warm it up again next time.

Tips and warnings

  • Pour over tortilla chips or regular chips for a delicious snack.

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