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01/12/2012 04:34 pm ET Updated Aug 31, 2012

How To Make The Creamiest Nacho Cheese

Have you ever wondered how the pros at restaurants make cheese nachos? It always seems the cheese sauce is creamier than anything else. That's because the cheese they use is top-quality and the recipe starts out as a sauce. It isn't just melted cheese.

Don't get us wrong, there's nothing wrong with melted cheese on nachos. But you have to eat them really fast before the cheese solidifies, otherwise it's like eating chips with yellow rubber on top!

The secret to making great cheese sauce to top your tortilla chips is first by making a roux, which is basically whisking flour into melted butter (see our how-to on making roux). Then pour in warm milk and mix in your cheese to melt. It's the creamiest cheese sauce you will ever have!

Watch the video and get the recipe below.

Cheese Nachos

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk, warmed
8 slices cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoons salt
Tortilla chips
Jalapeno peppers, optional

1. Melt the butter over medium-low heat in a saucepan.

2. Whisk in the flour one tablespoon at a time to avoid clumping.

3. Add the milk after the flour has settled. Mix until the sauce has an even consistency.

4. Add the cheese and salt. After the cheese has melted, turn the burner to low, and allow the sauce to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.

5. Spread one-half of a bag of tortilla chips on a large oven-proof platter. For a little spice, spread sliced jalapeno peppers over the chips.

6. Bake the chips at 300 degrees for about 10 minutes.

7. Remove chips from the oven and spread the cheese evenly over them. Serve and enjoy!

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