Taco Bell Cheese Sauce (Copycat Recipe)
Aug 05, 2021, Updated Sep 09, 2023
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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.
Taco Bell Nacho Cheese
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.
- Add the whole jar of Cheez Whiz, milk, and brine into a bowl.
- Whisk it together until fully combined.
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.
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.
Their cheese sauce is vegan.
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.
- Arby’s horsey sauce
- Texas Roadhouse chili
- Wingstop ranch
- Wingstop lemon pepper wings
- Texas Roadhouse steak seasoning
- Texas Roadhouse seasoned rice
- Heinz 57 sauce
- Burger King zesty sauce
Make this sauce or any other copycat recipes you would like to see? Let me know in the comments below.
Homemade Taco Bell Cheese
- 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)
- 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.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.