You’re going to love this easy nacho cheese sauce recipe.
Learn how to make nacho cheese in just 5 minutes with this simple recipe.
5 minute nacho cheese sauce – the answer to pretty much every problem you’ve ever had.
Ideal served with chips, or over nachos – but I could totally get down with drizzling it over roasted vegetables or just about anything.
Or, if you’re my son Crosby, just lick it straight from the bowl 😂
How to make nacho cheese sauce
- Add heavy cream to a pan and warm
- Add spices, cornstarch, and freshly gratedcolby jack cheese
- Stir/whisk for several minutes, until thick
This nacho cheese recipe is similar to my cheddar cheese sauce recipe , but made with colby jack cheese and mexican spices to create a nacho cheese flavor.
The answer is simply: cornstarch. By using this as a thickener, you spend much less time and the taste is just as good!
Once I realized the cornstarch trick, I make all of my cheese sauce recipes this way!
This cheese sauce is the one I first shared when I made my 30 Minute Refried Bean Nachos (<— one of my favorite easy dinners ever).
It literally takes five minutes to make and tastes so good I really can’t even prepare you for the deliciousness.
Since first posting this recipe, I have made this countless times and even served it at a party.
From easy dinners to party appetizers, you really can’t go wrong with a batch of this cheesy goodness!
If you’ve ever wanted to drown yourself in a vat of cheese, you feel me.
I love this cheese sauce plain with tortilla chips, or drizzled (very) generously over whatever mexican dish we are having that night.
What to eat with nacho cheese
- burrito bowls
I wouldn’t call this healthy by any stretch, but it is worth every delicious bite.
I can honestly say I have never regretted licking the pan clean once when making this recipe 😉
Robbie and I easily finish off the whole batch every time we make it.
It’s hard not to!
It’s 9:49 in the morning as I type this, and I am so tempted to go make a batch and eat it right now.
Once you make your own cheese sauce it’s game over.
Your taste buds will be in love.
This recipe may seem simple but it packs a HUGE flavor punch.
What is the best cheese for nacho cheese sauce
I find colby jack perfect in this recipe, but if you wanted to use another cheese (think sharp cheddar, pepper jack, etc) you totally could.
Or, if you like spicy sauce, double the paprika in this recipe for a spicy nacho cheese.
I definitely plan on making a white cheese sauce based on this recipe in the future.
My easy cheddar cheese sauce is another easy cheese sauce that I love!
Just experiment with the spices if you use a hotter cheese (unless you want it super spicy.)
Using cornstarch in this recipe means that there is no need for making a roux.
So much less work and you would never tell the difference!
Here’s my favorite way to serve it: drizzled oh so generously over my 30 minute sweet potato refried bean nachos.
We made those again last night and I die every time.
Tastes. Like. Heaven.
Are you making this recipe? I want to see! Don’t forget to tag me on instagram @buildyourbite and hashtag #buildyourbite.
Want more mexican recipes? Try these:
- 5 minute homemade refried beans
- Mexican Rice Casserole
- Mexican Quinoa Enchilada Bake
- Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas
- Best Ever Veggie Enchiladas
- Enchilada Tofu Burrito Bowls
- Refried Bean Enchiladas
Be sure to check out my roundup of 26 vegetarian mexican recipes!
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Nacho Cheese Sauce
Easy and delicious 5 minute nacho cheese sauce made with real ingredients.
- 1 cup organic heavy whipping cream
- 2 cups freshly grated colby jack cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- Heat a sauce pan on medium heat and add heavy cream
- Once cream begins to get warm, add cheese, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, and corn starch
- Whisk or stir until thick and creamy (around 5 minutes or less)
- Serve with chips, over nachos, burritos, burrito bowls, and more!
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