Taco Bell Cheese Sauce (Copycat Recipe)

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This copycat Taco Bell cheese sauce can be made easily at home in about 5 minutes. Use it to add flavor for nachos, burritos, potatoes, and more.

Bowl of cheese sauce with chip.


 

Taco Bell Nacho Cheese

Craving Taco Bell tonight? It’s easy to get the flavor of Taco Bell with copycat recipes like Taco Bell chicken quesadilla, their quesadilla sauce and this nacho cheese sauce.

Ingredients needed

Cheese dip – Cheez Whiz cheese dip has a great taste and is already deliciously creamy. A better alternative to the powdered cheese that Taco Bell uses for their sauce.

Pickled jalapeno brine – This is the juice from a jar of pickled jalapenos. It adds a nice flavor and a little spice to the sauce.

Milk – Helps to thin out the sauce and give it an extra creamy texture.

How to make Taco Bell Nacho Cheese Sauce

This Taco Bell nacho cheese sauce recipe couldn’t be easier to mix up.

  1. Add the whole jar of Cheez Whiz, milk, and brine into a bowl.
  2. Whisk it together until fully combined.
Bowl of brine, cheese sauce, and milk.

Recipe tips

If you can’t find Cheez Whiz brand, any cheese dip will work. You could even melt a block of Velveeta cheese.

This sauce can be served room temperature or warm. If you like it hot, place it in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 20 second increments to your liking.

Want your sauce extra spicy? Try adding a drop or two of your favorite hot sauce like Tabasco. You could also dice up some pickled jalapenos and stir them into the sauce.

This recipe is made for about 4-6 servings. You can cut the recipe in half for a smaller portion.

How to serve cheese sauce

The restaurant serves their cheese sauce with a bag of tortilla chips. It’s also great with nachos, tacos, enchiladas, roasted potatoes, nacho fries, soft pretzels, even drizzled on broccoli or cauliflower.

Small bowl with cheese sauce and tortilla chips.

How to store

If you have leftover sauce you can store it in an airtight, sealed container in the refrigerator for one week.

Reheat the sauce in a microwave safe container in 30 second intervals until it reaches the desired hotness. It can also be reheated in a small saucepan over low heat on the stove.

This sauce can also be frozen. Place in a freezer safe bag or container and freeze for up to three months. Let is thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

FAQ’s

Is Taco Bell cheese sauce vegan?

Their cheese sauce is vegan.

What kind of cheese is the nacho cheese at Taco Bell?

Taco Bell uses cheddar cheese in their nacho cheese sauce.

More copycat recipes

If you enjoy making restaurant favorites at home, be sure to check out these copycat recipes.

Make this sauce or any other copycat recipes you would like to see? Let me know in the comments below.

Chip dipped into cheese sauce.
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Homemade Taco Bell Cheese

By Heather
Copycat Taco Bell cheese sauce is a simple three ingredient recipe. Tastes like the restaurants and great for nachos, tacos, potatoes and more.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 1 15 oz jar Cheez Whiz cheese dip or another jarred cheese dip
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeno brine (juice from the jar)

Instructions 

  • Place Cheese Whiz dip, milk, and brine in a bowl. Whisk together until fully combined.
  • Serve immediately or if you prefer to serve warm, heat in the microwave for 20 seconds.

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Notes

If you can’t find Cheez Whiz brand, any cheese dip will work.
This sauce can be served room temperature or warm. If you like it hot, place it in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 20 second increments to your liking.
Want your sauce extra spicy? Try adding a drop or two of your favorite hot sauce like Tabasco.

Nutrition

Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 110mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 138IU | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
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