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How to make real nacho cheese

Updated February 21, 2019

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

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

  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. 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.

  6. Tip

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

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Things You'll 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

About the Author

Frank Dioso

Frank Dioso is a trained medical technologist working for prominent research institutions such as Quest Diagnostics and California Clinical Trials. He has, for many years, ghostwritten clinical trial reports for confidential pharmaceutical drugs and is currently contributing his clinical laboratory science knowledge to online how-to articles.

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