"Healthified" Nacho Cheese

One thing that makes me really happy is being able to "healthify" a junk food for my family by making it from scratch with wholesome ingredients.  This nacho cheese is one of those recipes.


A few notes about this recipe:
~Don't use pre-shredded cheese for this recipe, because it will make it grainy.   Buy a block of cheese and shred it yourself for best results.
~The cheese we buy is white, so I like to add turmeric for color.  If your cheese is already orange, you can leave out the turmeric.

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Homemade Nacho Cheese
1 T. butter
1 T. minced jalapenos (I used jalapenos from Glory Garden that we froze last summer)
1/2 T. flour
1/2 cup milk (I used raw milk from Happy Grazing Dairy)
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp salt
3 oz freshly grated jack or cheddar cheese

Melt the butter in a small pot. 
Add the jalapenos and saute until tender.
Add the flour and whisk to combine.  Cook for about 1 minute.
Add the milk gradually, whisking to combine. 
Add the spices and salt.  Cook until thickened. 
Remove from heat and add the cheese.  Whisk until the cheese is melted.  

Serves 3-5.

If you happen to have leftovers, (you won't), this nacho cheese makes a great quesadilla filling.

Leave a comment if you make this!


Edited to add:  

Here is the nacho cheese that Amy made with this recipe- looks amazing!