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Spicy Nacho Cheese Sauce

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6
Author: Kristin


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk or half & half
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese whipped or light versions work well
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 4-ounce can diced jalapenos
  • Salt to taste
  • Tortilla chips for dipping
  • Fresh jalapeno slices for garnish (optional)


  • Melt butter in a 10" skillet or medium sauce pan over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook until flour is lightly browned and fragrant; about 2 minutes. Whisk in milk and bring to a gentle boil, whisking often, until thickened; about 3-4 minutes.  
  • Remove from heat and stir in freshly grated cheddar cheese and cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Then stir in diced jalapenos.
  • Garnish with jalapeno slices and serve immediately with tortillas chips, tacos or pretzels. Keep warm.


*If using as a party dip, for best results keep warm in a small slow cooker, likethis one.