If I had to pick my favorite part of any live sporting event, it would be getting a plastic tray filled with that creamy, nacho cheese mystery sauce and some salty tortilla chips to munch on.

Is that lame? Perhaps. But, I love cheese sauce. The thing I don't like is all the fake stuff like additives and pasteurized-processed-cheese-food that get put into the stadium version.

Check out this easy, 6-ingredient nacho cheese recipe you can make at home in no more than 15 minutes - no fake cheese involved.

Tip: As the sauce cools, it will get slightly less creamy (since it's all natural!). Keep it warm or perhaps serve it in a crock pot for maximum creamy and delicious-ness.

Here's everything you'll need to make tasty nacho cheese sauce at home.
Here's everything you'll need to make tasty nacho cheese sauce at home.

Easy-peasy, cheesy nacho sauce

Recipe adapted from Fifteen Spatulas

8-ounces sharp cheddar cheese (block, not pre-shredded)

2 TBSP butter

2 TBSP flour

1 CUP whole milk

1/4 tsp salt (to taste)

1/8 tsp paprika (to taste)

Optional: freshly-chopped tomatoes, green onion, and jalapeño for garnish.

First things first: grate your cheese! Using the block cheese is much better than the pre-shredded cheese in a bag. That stuff has anti-caking agents in there that can mess with the creamy mojo of your queso.

Grate 8-oz. of sharp cheddar cheese (trust me, it will taste way better than the pre-shredded stuff).
Grate 8-oz. of sharp cheddar cheese (trust me, it will taste way better than the pre-shredded stuff).

Put a saucepan on the stovetop on medium to medium-high heat (depending on how hot your stove typically gets). Drop 2 TBSP butter in the pan and let it get all melty and bubbly - but not super browned.

Then, add 2 TBSP flour, whisking vigorously and non-stop to create a "roux." (Yes, it's a French word, but I promise it's not complicated.)

Once your flour and butter have incorporated nicely, whisk in 1 CUP of whole milk (not ice cold). Whisk until creamy, then add salt and paprika. Let sauce bubble and thicken a bit (but don't over-boil it).

So creamy. So delicious.
So creamy. So delicious.

Reduce heat to low on your stove and add in all that shredded cheese. Whisk until super nice and creamy!

Chop up your toppings!
Chop up your toppings!

Congratulations! You now have a bowl of delicious, creamy, natural cheese sauce. Garnish as you like and serve with chips.

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Easy and delicious nacho cheese sauce you can make at home.

Reheating: As sauce cools, it may become less creamy. Reheat sauce on the stove instead of the microwave. Add a little water if you need to to loosen it back up.

Yum! Time to eat!
Yum! Time to eat!

Watch the how-to video here: https://youtu.be/QYAfa7bQhOw