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This spicy and creamy Green Chile Cheddar Queso made with real sharp cheddar cooks up in just minutes and is the perfect cheese sauce for nachos or tacos.

This warm cheesy sauce is similar to traditional Nacho Cheese but it has that perfect spicy kick!

corn chip dipping in warm cheese sauce

Nachos need homemade queso!

I went out to a work dinner the other night and we ordered nachos for the table. Sometimes a girl just needs nachos, amIright?

Well, I couldn’t believe what they brought out. It was a huge plate of greasy chips and all the nacho toppings you’d expect, but the cheese was just plain old cheese that looked like it had been microwaved to stick to the chips. I mean, that’s how I made nachos when I was 12.

If you’re going to eat nachos, an excellent cheese sauce is what’s required. This one? Spicy and perfect.

grated cheese and chopped green chile

Use real cheddar.

You know I’m a food snob. That being said, I refuse to microwave a block of processed cheese and call it cheese sauce. Its just unnatural.

This queso is made from real sharp cheddar cheese. I highly recommend you grate it yourself as opposed to buying pre-shredded.

The additional flavor and loads of spices come from the diced green chile and the taco seasoning.

square white dish of cheese sauce with chips

What to serve with green chile queso:

This warm spicy cheese sauce is the perfect compliment to chips. Dip it or pour it over to make a nacho plate. Either way, you will be quite happy.

Imagine yourself watching the game and biting into this. Oh yeah.

You can also top a delicious breakfast burrito with this queso!

corn chip in spicy queso

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Green Chile Cheddar Queso

Prep10 minutes
Cook6 minutes
Total16 minutes
Servings 6
This spicy and creamy Green Chile Cheddar Queso made with real sharp cheddar cooks up in just minutes and is the perfect cheese sauce for nachos or tacos.



  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar
  • 4.5 ounces green chiles chopped and drained
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
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  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk flour into butter until smooth. Allow to cook for a couple minutes until the flour becomes fragrant.
  • Pour milk into butter mixture and whisk to combine. Cook and stir until mixture thickens, about 3 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low and add Cheddar cheese, green chiles, and seasoning. Stir until cheese is melted, about 1-3 minutes more.
  • Serve hot with chips or tacos.


  • Yields 2 cups
  • Highly recommend you grate your own cheddar versus buying pre-shredded. It just melts better.
  • You can use frozen/thawed, freshly roasted, or canned green chile
  • Make your own homemade taco seasoning for this recipe!


Calories: 182kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 43mg, Sodium: 260mg, Potassium: 81mg, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 505IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 250mg, Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This post was originally created in January 2016 and has been updated for your viewing pleasure.

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