Nacho Cheese Sauce

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The following is a guest article by my friend, Stephen Elliott, another fellow English teacher in Korea. You can follow his adventures in painting/illustration at

Ladies and gentlemen of the internet, there comes a point in a man’s life when he must take a stand and say “enough is enough.” For me, that day came at a buffet dinner with my co-workers where I was served a “nacho cheese” that was thin, not at all spicy, and sweet.

Sweet. I know, right?

I knew that there had to be a better way. Won’t you join me in my delicious revolution? This cheesy, spicy sauce uses processed cheese for the flavor, and a butter roux to thicken it. I know that sunds complicated, but it’s actually quite simple and painless.

Nacho Cheese Sauce

Servings:4 (makes a little over 1 Cup)


-2 Tbls butter or margerine

-2 Tbls flour

-3-5 slices processed cheese (yellow color is best)

-1 Cup milk

For a spicy sauce, add:

-1-2 Gochu (고추), or Korean peppers (they look like jalapenos)

-2 Tbls “Ligo” Extra Hot Sauce


1) Add the flour and butter to a medium saucepan and melt it, making sure that the flour mixes evenly. I used a wire whisk to make sure there were no clumps. It should look like this:

2) Add the milk and stir, again, use lots of elbow grease to make sure that there are no clumps. You’ll begin to feel the sauce thickening as you whisk it.

3) When it feels like a thickness you like, turn off the heat, and add your slices of cheese to taste. I like 5 slices, but you may prefer more or less.

4) The sauce should still be warm enough to melt the cheese, but you still have to mix it well to avoid clumping and uneven color.

5) If  you are making a spicy sauce, add the hot sauce, and the gochu. You can also grill the gochu before adding it. I think it adds a nice flavor that way. Be careful though, because gochu can be really spicy, and I’ve noticed that they tend to vary in spiciness from store to store. Here is a picture of the gochu after it has been grilled.

There you have it! Simple and to the point. I recommend Doritos or Rico’s Round Nacho Chips if you can find them.

Here are the ingredients. You can find them all at Home Plus, or your local mart. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Per one serving(¼ cup): 176 Calories, 14 g Fat, 8.4 g Saturated Fat, 40.1 mg Cholesterol, 369.6 mg Sodium,  6.9 g Carbohydrates, 0.1 g Fiber, 4.1 g sugar, 6.5 g Protein. *Based on 2% milk and 4 cheese slices

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