Recipe: “In a Pinch” Nacho Cheese with Kraft Singles

From time to time I find myself in a situation where I crave the melted goodness that is nacho cheese, but my supplies are totally dry and the grocery store is closed or I’ve had one too many to drive.

When faced with utterly desperate moments like this, I often turn to the recipe below which we’ve dubbed, “In a Pinch Nacho Cheese with Kraft singles.”

This recipe is based on some simple ingredients found in most homes.

BTW, if you want to try a classic movie theater nacho cheese, try Rico’s nacho cheese (available at Amazon)

‘In a Pinch’ Nacho Cheese with Kraft Singles

Serves 1-2


  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 7-10 individual slices of American cheese (start with 7, add one-by-one till desired consistency)
  • 1 tbs butter (or a tad more)
  • 1 tbs all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lowry’s Seasoned Salt (or regular salt if not available)


  1. Use a small/ medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Melt the butter and stir in flour.
  3. Add the 3/4 cup of milk into saucepan.  Stirring regularly, let mixture thicken for a few minutes (but don’t bring to a boil).
  4. Gently place individual sliced American cheese into saucepan with milk (I use Kraft Singles).
  5. Sprinkle in the salt.
  6. Stir regularly for 2-5 minutes or until mixture has a saucy consistency.
  7. Serve, eat and enjoy.

Note:  Above are the bare minimum ingredients.  Depending on what’s
available in your kitchen (and based on my experience) you may want to
consider adding the following optional ingredients.

Optional Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (adds spice)
  • 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese or 1-2 slices of cheddar cheese

13 thoughts on “Recipe: “In a Pinch” Nacho Cheese with Kraft Singles”

  1. This is really good. I am eating it right now, as I don’t have the ingredients for the “official” recipe. I topped em with a few jalapeño slices. Keep up the good work.

  2. I tried to make it and it turned out fine, but after a couple of minutes the cheese became thick. Anyone know how I could prevent this from happening?

  3. Uzair — This is definitely common when using Kraft singles…that’s why it’s a “use in a pinch only” recipe. The best way to keep it creamy is to simply keep it warm

  4. Im just so glad to find a website THAT LOVES NACHOS AS MUCH AS I DO!!
    oh and what i add is some jalepeno juice.
    haha mmmmm.

  5. So simple and so delicious! I can’t believe I never thought of it before! It’s just like the sauce from the cinema. Hats off to you!

  6. OMG! this dip is off the hook. every day i make atleast 8-10 servings for myself as i watch t.v. DENG this is such a skimp!

  7. Tough spot nacho cheese sauce. okay so you have half the recipe. I have worked in several fast food joints, and what several use is just this…. equal parts processed cheese slice and shredded cheddar. microwave on high until bubbly and viola! nacho cheese sauce. don’t forget to add your jalapenos! yummy!

Comments are closed.