Cheese dip is a great condiment, nacho topping, or delicious for dipping. With this Homemade Cheese Sauce recipe, you can make it fresh in your kitchen in minutes! No more canned cheese sauce once you taste this easy cheesy dip.
Homemade Cheese Sauce Recipe
Whenever it’s nacho night, simply spread tortilla chips out onto a sheet pan and top with this Homemade Cheese Sauce along with taco meat, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, salsa, and guacamole. Such an easy dinner and really fun to eat!
Another thing we love to do with this easy cheese dip is to serve it with freshly made pretzel bites. This is a perfect snack!
Do you like to make condiments and dips at home? Check out these recipes: Rotel Dip with Ground Beef | Alfredo Sauce | The Best White Queso Dip | In’n’Out Burger Sauce Recipe | Fry Sauce 4 Ways | Alabama White Sauce
(the exact measurements and full recipe instructions are below in the easy to print recipe card):
Butter – we use regular salted butter, but unsalted works as well.
All-purpose flour – the flour serves as the thickener for the cheese dip.
Milk – whole or 2% milk would be the best to use for this recipe.
Sharp cheddar cheese – buy it already grated, or freshly grate cheddar from a block of cheese.
How to Make Homemade Cheese Sauce
Melt the butter in a large saucepan or skillet over medium-high heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
Slowly whisk in the milk. It may be a big clumpy at first, but keep whisking and the sauce will become smooth.
Add the cheese and stir until melted into the sauce.
This will be thick and creamy.
Tip: for a thinner sauce, add milk a small amount at a time to the sauce as it cooks over medium heat until it reaches your desired consistency.
What to Serve with Cheese Dip
Chips – Tortilla chips and delicious with this dip.
Soft Pretzel Bites – Get our recipe for homemade pretzel bites and whip up a batch to dip in the cheese sauce.
Bread – Dip slices of fresh baguette in the cheese sauce.
As a Condiment – You can top all sorts of foods with cheese dip, such as tacos, chicken, baked potatoes, and more.
How to Store Cheese Sauce
Keep the leftovers in an airtight food storage container and refrigerate for up to a week. Reheat in the microwave on high heat in 30-second cooking intervals until hot, stirring well between each heating interval.
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Homemade Cheese Sauce
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk
- 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan or skillet over medium high heat.
- Whisk in the flour and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
- Slowly whisk in the milk. Add the cheese and stir until melted into the sauce.