Yesterday marked the end of another school year.  I can hardly believe how fast it all went, seems like we were just buying school supplies, and now here we are making our summer bucket lists.  It’s all good though.  We are ready.  Ready for a slower pace in the mornings, summer adventures and time at the pool.

Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce

While I look forward to warm summer days, and time together at home, there’s usually a bit of trepidation too.  It’s only a matter of time before the bickering sets in along with,  ‘Mom, what are we gonna do today?’ followed closely by the ever popular, ‘Mom, I’m hungry!’

Feeding 3 boys is like trying to fill a bottomless pit, it’s unending.  What I have figured out is that filling them with good, whole foods usually keeps them full longer than junk.  In the morning they usually have whatever fruit we have on hand, or a yogurt (vanilla whole milk greek is a favorite).  The afternoon snack is usually bigger, and often times doubles as an early supper as baseball games start to fill the evening activity calendar.

Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce

We are big fans of mexican fare at meal times, leading to the inspiration for this cheese sauce.  It was actually the request of my 8 year old, who thought it would be fun to make nachos at home, including the “gooey” cheese sauce.  The spices you add can be flexible, but I highly recommend adding the ancho chili powder. It adds a nice smoky flavor.

Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce

Our toppings include chunks of avocado, pico de gallo, black and pinto beans, green onions and salsa, all a top blue corn flax chips.

Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce


  • 2 cups freshly shredded cheddar (we use a mild, white cheddar)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2-3 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Toss shredded cheese with tablespoon of cornstarch to lightly coat.
  2. In a medium saucepan, over low heat begin melting cheese. Stir occassionally, adding milk in 1/4 cup increments until cheese is melted and you have your desired consistency.
  3. Add in cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika (optional) and garlic powder.
  4. Stir until spices are combined and sauce becomes fragrant.
  5. Serve immediately over nachos.


7 Responses to Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce

  1. Tiffany says:

    These nachos looks DELICIOUS. I love the cornfield blue on the brown table. Great color combo.

    Here’s to a fun summer, checking off items from those lists, and cheers to another school year done!

  2. I make nacho nights too! I am going to try your sauce- please come and make it when you come.

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  4. Heather says:

    Oh man I haven’t had “gooey cheese sauce” in forever, I am pretty sure the last time as at one of my own softball games! I love this version and it would be so incredibly easy to veganize- this one is definitely being tried out this weekend! We love all things mexican/tex mex/spanish in our house, nacho nights are the best :)

  5. Kathryn says:

    Love your blog; found it googling cheese sauce for nachos; will definitely try your cheese sauce. However my attention was drawn to your other autumn updates and truly lovely photos of food & nature – to me they convey all that is good, wholesome and enviable about life in the great N.American outdoors (I am from Europe, currently living in Asia). I will keep looking in, for inspiration and just the beauty and feelgood factor of your blog.

  6. genevieve says:

    I made this today. The flavor is delicious and I love that its homemade and not out of jar with all kinds of unnecessary, unhealthy extra ingredients! Several people asked for the recipe and I know I will make it often.

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