You’re going to love this easy nacho cheese sauce recipe.
This recipe is so simple that anyone can make it!
All you need is colby jack cheese, cornstarch, heavy cream, and a few spices.
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.
Ok, maybe not really, but it’s definitely going to be the highlight of your meal!
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 😂
I’m with ya kid, it’s really that good.
How to make nacho cheese sauce
First, add the heavy cream to a pan and warm it to medium heat, but do not boil.
Once your heavy cream is warm, add paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, cornstarch, and freshly grated colby jack cheese.
Stir or whisk the cheese sauce often for three to five minutes, until thick.
The longer you stir over low to medium heat, the thicker it becomes.
For a super thick sauce, just leave it on the heat a little longer, watching and stirring so that it doesn’t burn.
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!
Cornstarch is now a time saving staple in my home.
You can’t taste it, and it makes dinner time a heck of a lot easier.
Another case in point: my 3 ingredient stir fry sauce.
Featuring, you guessed it, cornstarch!
This cheese sauce is the one I first shared when I made my 30 Minute Sweet Potato Refried Bean Nachos (<— one of my favorite easy dinners ever).
Once we first made this recipe, I had to make it three times in one week because I just could not get enough of it!
The homemade nacho cheese just takes nacho night to the next level.
Fair warning: it might forever spoil you on nachos!
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!
It reminds me of going to a mexican restaurant and filling up on chips and cheese.
I could totally do that with this recipe!
Heck, just give me a bag of tortilla chips and I’m good to go.
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 sauce
- 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! You can’t resist how delicious this nacho cheese is.
I’m only sad I didn’t discover how to make it myself at home sooner!
My life is forever changed.
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 or use pepper jack cheese.
I definitely plan on making a white cheese/queso blanco sauce based on this recipe in the future.
My easy cheddar cheese sauce is another easy cheese sauce that I love!
Once I discovered the cornstarch trick, my cheddar cheese sauce was the next sauce I created.
It’s a great simple sauce to get your kids to eat their veggies!
Just experiment with the spices of this recipe 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!
Old news, roux.
Here’s my favorite way to serve it: drizzled oh so generously over my 30 minute sweet potato refried bean nachos.
Robbie and I can single handedly finish the whole sheet pan of nachos ourselves.
No matter what type of nachos you are making, this sauce would be the perfect complement.
Serve it up at game day and watch everyone devour it in seconds.
You probably won’t even want to share!
We made those again last night and I die every time.
Tastes. Like. Heaven.
Are you making this recipe? I want to see!
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Hungry for more mexican recipes?
- 5 minute homemade refried beans
- Mexican Rice Casserole
- Vegan Burrito Bowls
- Fresh Corn Salsa
- Mexican Quinoa Enchilada Bake
- Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas
- Best Ever Veggie Enchiladas
- Enchilada Tofu Burrito Bowls
- Refried Bean Enchiladas
Or check out my roundup of 26 vegetarian mexican recipes!
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Nacho cheese sauce recipe:
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!