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Homemade cheddar Nacho Cheese on chips
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5 from 24 votes

Homemade Nacho Cheese

Velvety smooth Homemade Nacho Cheese with real cheddar is incredibly easy to make. Just a few ingredients and a few minutes is all you need!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings




  • In a small saucepan, combine cheddar cheese and cornstarch. Toss until cheese is evenly coated.
  • Stir in evaporated milk and salt. Heat over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until cheese is melted and smooth, about 3 to 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low, cover, and keep warm until serving time.


  • Cheese can be transferred to a slow cooker and kept warm
  • I found the best Pepper Cheddar Cheese (similar to pepper jack) at Costco. I know Trader Joe's carries a nice variety too. If you can't find a pepper infused cheddar, you can use plain cheddar and make it spicy with cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, green chile, salsa, hot sauce, and/or chili powder
  • You can also replace some or all of the cheddar cheese with pepper jack.


Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 511mg | Potassium: 157mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 385IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 315mg | Iron: 1mg