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Nacho Cheese Sauce From Cheddar

If you would like to avoid the additives in processed nacho cheese, you can easily make your own from a sharp cheddar. Warm your tortilla chips on a dry baking sheet at 300 degrees F for 5 minutes. Makes a wonderful snack or side dish!

Makes about 2 cups of sauce.


  • 2 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt (omit if using salted chips)
  • 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk


  1. In a medium saucepan, mix together the cheese, yeast, cornstarch, red pepper flakes, paprika, sugar and salt until all the cheese is coated well.
  2. Add milk and stir well. Bring barely to a simmer, stirring constantly. When cheese is melted and the sauce is thick (after a total of about 4-5 minutes), remove from flame.
  3. Pour over warm tortilla chips** and top with jalapeno pickles, chopped tomatoes, cilantro and/or avocados.

**Warm tortilla chips by spreading them in a single layer on a dry baking sheet and baking in a preheated 300 degree F oven for 5 minutes.

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