By Chani Goldstein on January 22, 2007
Photo by Donna Matthews
Photo by Donna Matthews
"This is a cheesy dip that is great over nachos. I put it in a fondue pot for a build your own nachos party. Big plus..it doesn't use Velveeta for those that aren't fans. It is also a great base for mac and cheese."
Serving Size: 1 (147 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
"Turned out perfectly, tasted great. To the people who complained of graininess/grittiness, that usually happens when you use lowfat dairy. It has nothing to do with the amount of flour in the recipe. I made a half batch of this with part whole milk and part heavy cream, omitting the onion because I hate chopping them, and everyone loved it."
"Holy Cow!!! This was awesome!! My kids loved it too! This was a great base to a awesome cheese sauce. I added some salt, garlic powder, cumin, and a touch of cayenne. Then also added some chopped jalepenos, as well as some of the jalepeno juice and it was AWESOME! I used this to make loaded nachos. With taco meat, then the cheese sauce, fresh onion, and some avacado! Thank you for posting such a great recipe!"
"It's a great base sauce recipe, I added a few things though such as, garlic powder, fresh jalape"
"Great sauce! I added jalapeno, and used tapioca flour/starch for a gluten free version. Very thick and creamy! My milk was 1% and it wasn't gritty at all, very smooth, and silky."
"I made this for my husbands nachos & he was very disappointed. It was very gritty and I followed the instructions to a T."
"This was okay. I made a mental note not to add as much flour as another reviewer said it was gritty, but then I forgot. So, it was a little gritty. I used half mild cheddar, half sharp as I did not know which was intended. I didn't think it was cheesy enough, so maybe I should have used 1 lb. of sharp. I also added a jalepeno and a can of green chiles. I would up it to atleast two jalepenos next time. And reduce the flour. Overall, not too bad."
"Great base for customizing! I think I've settled on finding the best/easiest way for me being to skip the onion, just do the remaining ingredients. But adding a couple big spoonfuls of salsa at the end--just delicious. Used it tonight to dip warm, homemade pretzels into and it was awesome comfort food. Thanks for a great non-Velveeta option!"
"Wonderful nacho sauce. I added a 7 oz. can of diced green chilies, about 2/3 c. thick and chunky medium salsa, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder; found the consistency to be just right as is. Thank you so much for a basic recipe with NO Velvita!"
"A little "gritty", but DELISH!!!! Getting ready to make it for the 2nd time."
"This sauce is good, but I had a couple of minor problems with it. I found the finished sauce was much too thick, so I ended up thinning it out a bit with about a third cup of milk. I also added about a tablespoon of chili powder and a teaspoon or so of cayenne, plus salt and pepper, to give it some flavor. With those changes, it's a great cheese sauce. I think I will do as one reviewer suggested and add some salsa next time to really kick up the flavor, and a jalapeno added with the onion wouldn't hurt either."
"My son was pestering me to make nacho sauce, so I chose this bcz it doesn't use Velveeta. It didn't come out as smooth as Velveeta, but pretty close. I added some salsa to give it more flavor and it was pretty good. I would add some garlic next time and maybe a jalapeno."
"My DH and I really liked this (we made the nacho version). I did make a few changes- I added half a jalapeno toward the end of sauteeing the onions, used half the amount of onion called for, and then added some crushed red pepper flakes. Next time, however, I will use all the onion like you directed because I think that would have been better (I used less because I thought my DH might not like that much.) I ended up having to add some onion powder since I didn't use as much onion as called for and found it lacking a bit. My hubby said about 3 or 4 times, "this is really good!" Most dishes get only one of those responses so thank you! I also loved that it didn't use velveeta and instead used REAL cheddar cheese. This makes a really smooth, creamy nacho cheese and it's great because it can be tinkered with to suit your families taste buds! Thanks so much for posting!"