How to Use Leftover Nacho Cheese Sauce

Use up your leftover nacho cheese sauce in these creative ways.

Updated August 14, 2022

Nacho cheese is a tricky ingredient with many uses in the world. From topping your favorite appetizer to slathering on some tortilla chips, nacho cheese sauce has a multitude of uses, but one thing that never gets old or boring is leftover sauce. In this article, we'll show you how to repurpose leftover nacho cheese sauce into something delicious and exciting.

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Warm up the leftover nacho cheese sauce in a pot.

Nacho cheese sauce tastes best warm, so it's important to always know how to reheat your leftover nacho cheese. This is a crucial step in order to avoid a clumpy, dry mess. Here is how you can do it:

  • Take the leftover nacho cheese sauce and heat it in a pot on the stove over low heat.
  • Use a rubber spatula to stir the sauce until it is fully warmed through and smooth. If you find that your nacho cheese sauce is too thick, add a little milk or water to thin it out.
  • Have some fun with this step by stirring in whatever you'd like to eat it with. Some of our favorites are popcorn, nachos, or even just warm tortillas.
  • Let the sauce sit for a minute or two before you begin pouring it into your favorite container. This will help prevent any splatter when you're ready to serve later!
  • Finally, taste the nacho cheese sauce and adjust the seasoning as necessary before serving warm with your favorite chips.

Add milk to make a queso dip.

You can make a quick and easy queso dip with leftover nacho cheese sauce. Simply add a little milk to your leftover nacho cheese and mix it together. The result will be a creamy, cheesy dip that is perfect for chips, crackers, or vegetables.

You can also use this technique to make the leftovers more like a sauce that you can pour over foods like enchiladas or tacos. You can even melt some bacon in the microwave, then stir it into the sauce and serve it as an appetizer!

Make a grilled cheese sandwich with nacho cheese sauce.

This is a great way to make sandwiches for the whole family in one go; the kids will love it, and adults can have their pick of fillings too! So next time you're looking for something different than your usual peanut butter and jelly or ham-and-cheese sandwich, why not try this tasty new way to use up leftover nacho cheese sauce?

The following steps will guide you to success for this simple recipe:

  1. Get some good bread. You want something that won't fall apart when you bite into it, but not so much that the sandwich is too dry to enjoy. A nice rustic loaf will do the trick here.
  2. Use a good quality cheese for the filling: sharp cheddar, mozzarella, Monterey Jack—anything you like will work!
  3. Make sure your nacho cheese sauce is hot enough before spreading it on another piece of bread and adding in your chosen ingredients (which could be anything from sliced deli meats to vegetables like bell peppers and olives).
  4. Cook both sides of each slice until they're golden brown and crispy on both sides; this should take about five minutes total if using an electric frying pan, or 10–15 minutes over medium heat with a griddle or large skillet (just remember to flip them occasionally so they don't burn!).
  5. Serve immediately with your favorite toppings, such as sour cream, salsa, or guacamole.
Lefover Nacho Cheese Sauce with Chips

Add leftover nacho cheese sauce to eggs.

In my experience, leftover nacho cheese sauce goes great as a spread for breakfast items like scrambled eggs, omelets, or hard-boiled eggs. I know it sounds strange, but once you get over the initial weirdness of mixing cheese sauce with food that has never been near cheese before, you'll be hooked on how good it tastes. And considering how few people actually make their own nacho cheese sauce from scratch (you can buy packets of pre-made stuff at almost any grocery store), there's really no reason not to try this out.

Dip chicken, shrimp, or fried zucchini in leftover nacho cheese sauce.

It's another delicious way to use up the rest of your nacho cheese sauce. Dipping itself brings a bit of excitement to an otherwise ordinary meal. The combination of a nacho cheese sauce with any of the above-mentioned foods will create an extraordinary dish that we think is worth trying.

We end up with a simple nacho-cheese appetizer that is ready for dipping: simply hold your snack with a toothpick and dip in leftover nacho cheese sauce for a snack that goes well with chips or slices of French bread.

Dipping into nano chese sauce

Drizzle it over hot dogs to make cheesy dogs.

To make cheesy dogs by drizzling the sauce:

  • Take a hot dog bun and spread it with leftover nacho cheese sauce.
  • Add chopped onions, jalapenos, mustard, ketchup (or all four), relish, and lettuce or tomato if desired. You can also add pickles if you like them on your cheesy dog!
  • Finally, top with any additional toppings that sound good, like cheese or bacon bits, for an extra kick of flavor.

Use it as a topping on burgers to make cheesy burgers or tacos.

This cheesy sauce is such a delicious topping for burgers. It’s like having a gourmet restaurant-style burger at home! I love to add a slice of tomato, lettuce, and onion to my burger along with the cheese sauce. You can also make cheesy nachos by adding tortilla chips to a plate and drizzling with leftover nacho cheese sauce. Top with chopped onions, jalapenos, tomatoes, and salsa if desired. Use it as a dipping sauce for any Mexican-style food or even fried onion rings, french fries, or any other fried food.

You can also use it as a topping for chicken or shrimp tacos to make nacho cheese shrimp tacos.


Can you save leftovers if you don't eat them all right away?

Yes! It's great to have some on hand for whenever you need it. Just put any leftovers in an airtight container or storage bag and keep them in your freezer or fridge.

How long does nacho cheese sauce last?

Homemade nacho cheese sauce lasts 5 days in the refrigerator. Store-bought sauces will last according to the expiration date on the package. They usually last 2-3 weeks after opening.

Here's a video showing how to make your own nacho cheese sauce on YouTube.

Can you use leftover nacho cheese sauce the next day?

Yes, it reheats well. To avoid spoilage, only reheat the amount you plan to use.

Can you freeze nacho cheese sauce?

Yes, you can! Just place it in a freezer-safe bag or container and store it for up to 3 months. When ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight before re-heating.


Leftover nacho cheese sauce can turn any boring meal into something special and tasty. Try one of these ideas the next time you have some leftover nacho cheese sauce, or come up with your own creative way to use it. Thank you for reading!

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About the author 

Cindy Bruce

Cindy Bruce is a passionate artisan bread baker. She has a love for cooking and all the different appliances that go along with it. Cindy's dream is to travel the world, sampling new tastes and foods from each country she visits.

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