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Spicy Nacho Cheese

Spicy Nacho Cheese

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 1/2 pound sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 jalapeño pepper red (preferred) or green, diced
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper to taste


  • Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the flour and stir to combine.
  • Add the milk and stir until the sauce slightly thickens.
  • Add the cheddar cheese, salt, and cayenne pepper. Continuing stirring until the nacho cheese sauce thickens (10 to 15 minutes).
  • Add the diced jalapeño pepper and stir to combine. Taste test the nacho cheese. Add more cayenne pepper if you want things spicier.
  • Remove the nacho cheese from the heat and allow it to cool (and thicken) for 5 minutes. Serve.


The jalapeño pepper is optional (though we don't mark it as such as we love the added pop). Feel free to adjust the cayenne pepper powder used to make up for the lost heat if it's removed from the recipe.