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Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce

Delicious and easy to make nacho cheese sauce. Perfect for pouring over tortilla chips and ading your favorite toppings.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Author foodnessgracious


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk plus extra if needed
  • 2 cups grated extra sharp cheddar
  • 1/4 tsp paprika


  • In a large pan melt the butter over a medium heat.
  • Add the flour and whisk until dissolved.
  • Gradually begin adding the milk making sure to whisk well after each time and the mixture is smooth.
  • Once all of the milk has been added bring the sauce to a simmer then add the grated cheddar in one cup a a time.
  • Whisk until the cheese has melted and the sauce is smooth and silky. If you prefer the sauce thinner just add a splash more milk.
  • Add the paprika and mix.
  • Serve at once or reheat later by adding some more milk to bring it back to the proper consistency.


Makes 2 cups of cheese sauce.