Quick and Easy Nacho Cheese Recipe

Quick and Easy Nacho Cheese Recipe

This nacho cheese sauce is sharp and creamy, and everything you ever dreamed of smothering over nachos, veggies, or a giant pretzel.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 203 kcal
Author Tracy


  • 3 cups (12oz) freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese *
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 12-ounce can 1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper


  1. To a medium saucepan, add shredded cheese and cornstarch and toss to coat. Add evaporated milk, hot sauce, salt, and cayenne.

  2. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently until cheese is melted and mixture begins to bubble. Keep at a low simmer, adjusting heat as necessary. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens, 3 to 4 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat and taste. Add more salt, cayenne or hot sauce if desired. Serve over nachos, fries, or steamed vegetables and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

* For best results, do not use pre-shredded cheese as it contains anti-caking additives that may prevent the cheese from melting smoothly.

To keep warm, transfer mixture to a crockpot on the warm setting. Whisk occasionally.