I am the cheesiest person ever. And I don’t mean it in the true “cheesy” way. I’m one of those people who’s literally crazy for cheese. The more cheese – the better; there’s never enough cheese.
You know that Mexican cheese dip you get at the cinema when you buy nachos? It’s so addictive, but unfortunately you don’t know exactly what goes in it. So I decided to give it a try to my own Mexican cheese dip recipe with cheddar and
The cheese sauce turned out so yummy (after some testing) and I really hope you’ll give it a go and that it will turn out finger-licking for you too.
Let’s dip in! 🙂
Servings: 4-6 ppl | Prep. Time: 10 mins | Waiting Time: n/a | Cook Time: 10 mins | Difficulty: Easy
- 200 grams cheddar cheese
- 50 grams parmigiano-reggiano (or grana padano – it’s very similar, but cheaper)
- 50 grams butter
- 5 tablespoons flour
- 500 ml milk
- 1/2 tablespoon good quality smoked paprika
- 1/4 tablespoon garlic powder
Start by grating all the cheese. You’ll need it quickly on hand when making the sauce.
- In a small saucepan add the butter and melt it on low heat.
- Once the butter is completely melted, add the flour and mix it well until you get a mixture similar to a soft dough. Cook this mixture for a minute of two to cook the flour (your sauce will taste like flour otherwise).
- Add the milk little by little and mix using a whisk. The sauce will thicken and once you finished the milk it should be smooth and have a sauce-like consistency. If you still have flour lumps, strain the sauce. Keep an eye on the white sauce because it can easily stick or burn. You have to constantly mix it!
- Add the cheese little by little. You want the previous batch of cheese to be completely melted before adding more cheese. The cheese can easily burn and you want it to melt beautifully and evenly.
- Once all the cheese is melted turn the heat off and add the smoked paprika and garlic. You can also add a pinch of salt, but the cheeses are quite salty themselves so better taste it before adding salt – I personally don’t add salt at all.
This recipe will give you A LOT of cheese dip sauce for sure. It could easily feed up to 6 cheese lovers. It could also make a good beer cheese dip, since the cheddar flavour goes wonderfully with beer – and tortilla chips too, of course.
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What is really great about this dip is that it doesn’t go bad once it gets cold. It does form a skin indeed, but you can re-heat it (on low heat) and you have the same amazing cheese dip ready to dig in.
I also love how the strong smoked flavour of paprika enhances the bitter, creamy cheddar and parmigiano-reggiano’s flavours. Also, you can control the amount of spices you add so you can make it as spicy as you’d like.
I’ll stop bragging about how delicious this is and let you give it a try and let me know what you think!
Do you make Mexican cheese dip at home? What are your favourite spices to use? Let me know in the comments below!
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This looks soo good! Making me so hungry lol!
Oh my goodness! This is so cheesy and perfect! I must try this recipe.
I’m all about cheese, cheese, and more cheese! LOL This looks delish! And what a great idea to add paprika!
Oh my gosh I’m right there with you. I’m totally a cheesy person and this looks so amazing! My husband would be so excited if I make this on Sunday for the Superbowl lol so I’m totally saving this! YUM!
I am drooling over the cheesy goodness in your pictures. Wow! I can’t wait to try your recipe. Yum!
Oh man. Cheese dips and queso are my favorite food! I would lick the bowl of this.
Okay yum! This is the kind of thing I’d eat the whole bowl of haha.
Oh, yes! I’m eating a portion that could feed 4 people, so…
My husband would love this! It’s perfect for a football game!
This looks so delicious! I’m a sucker for cheese and nachos 😋 Thanks for sharing!
I’m having a Galentine’s Day party soon, and this looks like the perfect recipe to have on the menu. It sounds so yummy and relatively easy to make.
It is easy to make indeed. My best tip is to cook it at the lowest heat available, to avoid burning and sticking.
Enjoy your Galentine’s!
Wow, thanks for the awesome recipe that is simple to make and I think I can get that cheese here in Japan.
You should find parmigiano-reggiano for sure, since it’s quite a known type of cheese.
About the cheddar, I have to say I don’t know. I could be at the international food aisle, or if you have something like the British-products section, it should be there too. Hope you can find it. You could also use Emmental cheese or pretty much every hard cheese that melts beautifully.
Yes!! You had me at cheese! Can’t way to try this dip!
This looks so good! A cheesy dip for the Super Bowl sounds like a great idea to me.
Wow! This looks fantastic! I wouldn’t have thought of putting parmesan in cheese dip but I bet it makes the flavor even sharper and tastier. We don’t watch football, but maybe I’ll have to celebrate SuperBowl Sunday with a bowl of this dip anyways 😛
Yes, the parmigianno enhances all the flavours, it’s delish!
ok girl you had me at mexican cheese dip ha and anything involving cheese is TOTALLY something im on board with- this recipe actually looks pretty EASY which im all for bc im not the best cook ha!
OMG I need to try this recipe. It looks so delicious!
Awww yea!!! I am going to try this for SuperBowl weekend!
Mmmm this looks amazing! I might have to make this Sunday for the Super Bowl…
Enjoy! And please let me know how it turned out.
I NEED to try this. We love cheese at my house (even my one year old is obsessed) and this looks pretty easy and tasty! Definitely saving so that I can make it soon.