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How to Make Nacho Cheese with Velveeta

How to Make Nacho Cheese with Velveeta

Nacho cheese sauce is cheesy, creamy, and delicious. It is widely used over nachos during game season, but it’s not just restricted to nachos. You can serve this cheesy sauce as a dip with roasted vegetables and French fries or drizzle it over hotdogs and burgers. This sauce is very satisfying and hearty, thus a perfect treat for cheese lovers.

Most people use cheese like monetary jack or cheddar cheese for making nacho cheese; however, there is another product that works just as well called Velveeta. So for those of you who are wondering how to make nacho cheese with Velveeta…you have come to the right place. Let’s read ahead and find out!

What is nacho cheese sauce?

An illustrative chart depicting the health benefits of cheese.

Nacho cheese sauce is a sauce made from different types of cheese. The sauce is poured over nachos to create a crispy yet gooey blend. Nacho cheese is widely popular all over the world. This dish is usually served as a snack, especially during game season. The sauce has a cheesy flavor that comes from pepper jack cheese and sharp cheddar cheese. Plus, it has different spices that bring out so much flavor to the sauce. You can serve nacho cheese sauce not just on nachos but on vegetables, hotdogs, burgers, etc.

 

What is Velveeta?

Velveeta Cheese Sauce

Velveeta is a product widely available at grocery stores. It is a popular processed cheese brand that’s been on the market since the early 1920s. Most people use it as cheese for its cheesy flavor and texture. However, Velveeta is technically not real cheese. It is, however, a processed form of cheese. Velveeta is made from milk, whey protein concentrate, preservatives, and fat. The ingredients give it a longer shelf life, and as a result, it is widely used in making cheese sauces, mac, cheese, etc.

 

Can you make a nacho cheese sauce with Velveeta?

The original recipe of nacho cheese sauce calls for different types of cheese, mainly pepper jack cheese and sharp cheddar cheese. However, most people use a substitute like Velveeta. So, if you are wondering if you can make a nacho cheese sauce with Velveeta only, the answer is yes!

 

Tip for making nacho cheese sauce with Velveeta

Velveeta Cheese Sauce

When making nacho cheese sauce with Velveeta, keep these tips in mind:

  • Add flour to ensure the sauce thickens up faster and has the right consistency. If you are looking for a gluten-free option, you can skip adding flour and add more Velveeta for a thicker consistency.
  • Add spices to create the flavor you love. Try adding cumin, paprika, red chili flakes or Italian herbs.
  • If the sauce gets thicker than you want, add a splash of milk to adjust its consistency.
  • Take the pan off the heat before adding milk or flour to prevent lumps from forming. The milk should be at room temperature.
  • When adding Velveeta, take the pan off the heat as well. If you add Velveeta to a very hot mixture, it will turn grainy.
  • To add more flavor to this cheese sauce, add chopped Rotel tomatoes along with chilies.
  • You can also add sliced and deseeded jalapenos to this sauce to incorporate a hot and spicy flavor.

 

How to store leftover nacho cheese sauce

You can store the leftover nacho cheese sauce by pouring it into an air-tight container and refrigerating it for up to 5 days. You can also freeze nacho cheese sauce made with Velveeta for up to a month. When you are ready to use the sauce, just thaw the cheese sauce and reheat it in the saucepan with a splash of milk. You can also add some more Velveeta if you want to adjust the consistency.

 

How to make nacho cheese with Velveeta

  • Preparation time: 2 minutes
  • Cooking time: 8 minutes
  • Total time: 10 minutes
  • Servings: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. Velveeta Cheese, cubed
  • 1 ½ tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ tsp hot sauce
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp cumin powder
  • Nachos, as required
  • Chives and jalapenos, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, add butter and place it over medium heat.
  2. Once the butter melts, add flour and cook for a minute or two using a wooden spoon or until you can’t smell flour. Make sure you don’t brown it.
  3. Take the saucepan off the heat and pour in the milk. Stir constantly to prevent lumps from forming.
  4. Place the saucepan back on medium heat and let it come to a boil. Keep stirring.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer.
  6. Add garlic powder, cumin, hot sauce, and cayenne pepper. Mix well. Take the saucepan off the heat and let it sit for a minute.
  7. Add Velveeta cheese and constantly stir until the cheese melts completely and you get a thick mixture.
  8. Pour this sauce over nachos and garnish with chopped chives and jalapenos. Enjoy!

How to make nacho cheese with Velveeta

Preparation time: 2 minutes; Cooking time: 8 minutes; Total time: 10 minutes; Servings: 1 cup

Ingredients
  

  • 4 oz. Velveeta Cheese cubed
  • 1 ½ tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Flour
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ tsp hot sauce
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp cumin powder
  • Nachos as required
  • Chives and jalapenos for garnish

Instructions
 

  • In a saucepan, add butter and place it over medium heat.
  • Once the butter melts, add flour and cook for a minute or two using a wooden spoon or until you can’t smell flour. Make sure you don’t brown it.
  • Take the saucepan off the heat and pour in the milk. Stir constantly to prevent lumps from forming.
  • Place the saucepan back on medium heat and let it come to a boil. Keep stirring.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer.
  • Add garlic powder, cumin, hot sauce and cayenne pepper. Mix well. Take the saucepan off the heat and let it sit for a minute.
  • Add Velveeta cheese and constantly stir until the cheese melts completely and you get a thick mixture.
  • Pour this sauce over nachos and garnish with chopped chives and jalapenos. Enjoy!

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