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Smoky Nacho Cheese Dip


Smoky Nacho Cheese Dip Nacho Cheese Sauce

Football season has kicked into full gear and that means jerseys and a lot of yelling at the tv.

I plan out the menu for game days and we usually cook everything together and eat during the entire game. This smoky nacho cheese dip is one of my favorites and is guaranteed to keep me glued to my seat, at least until it runs out.

The Allure of Smokiness

Smoky flavors have an undeniable charm that captures the essence of warmth and comfort. Whether it’s the memories of a campfire, the sizzle of barbecue, or the allure of slow-cooked meats, smokiness has a unique ability to awaken our taste buds and transport us to moments of culinary delight.

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When this element is introduced to a nacho cheese dip, it elevates the entire experience, giving it depth and character that goes beyond the ordinary.

Enhance Your Nacho Night

So, you’ve mastered the art of smoky nacho cheese dip, and now it’s time to take your nacho night to the next level. Here are a few creative ideas to enhance your smoky nacho experience:

  1. Protein Power: Consider adding some protein to your nachos. Grilled chicken, seasoned ground beef, or even pulled pork can complement the smoky cheese dip beautifully.
  2. Fresh Garnishes: Elevate the visual appeal and taste of your nachos with fresh garnishes. Think sliced jalapeños, diced tomatoes, chopped cilantro, diced red onions, and a dollop of sour cream.
  3. Salsa Sensation: Pair your smoky nacho cheese dip with a variety of salsas. A classic pico de gallo, a fruity mango salsa, or a smoky chipotle salsa can provide a delightful contrast of flavors.
  4. Variety of Chips: While traditional tortilla chips work perfectly, don’t be afraid to experiment with different types of chips. Try blue corn chips, multigrain chips, or sweet potato chips for a unique twist.
  5. Cast Iron Magic: To keep your nacho cheese dip warm and gooey, consider using a small cast iron skillet. It adds a rustic charm to your presentation and keeps the dip piping hot.
  6. Customize the Spice: Not everyone has the same tolerance for spice. Provide hot sauce or additional cayenne pepper on the side so your guests can adjust the heat level to their liking.
  7. Dip Perfection: Don’t limit this amazing dip to just nachos. It’s also a fantastic dip for soft pretzels, breadsticks, or even as a topping for baked potatoes.
  8. Cinematic Experience: Plan a movie night with a selection of films and a nacho bar featuring your smoky nacho cheese dip. It’s an excellent way to entertain friends and family.

Whether you’re hosting a party or simply treating yourself, this dip is the key to taking your nachos to a whole new dimension of deliciousness. So, gather your ingredients and imagination, and let the smoky goodness flow! 

Smoky Nacho Cheese Dip


  • ½ Cup Butter
  • ½ Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tsp. Salt
  • 1 Tsp. Liquid Smoke Hickory
  • 2 ½ Cups Milk
  • 3 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese


  1. Over low to medium heat, melt butter. Add flour and salt and mix with wire whisk until a roux forms. Pour in remaining ingredients and mix until cheese is completely melted. Serve over nachos or with your favor dipping foods.

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  1. Cheese Dip is my super favorite! I always always put loads of it on my nachos or chips. I have to try the smoky version of it though so you bet that I’d do your recipe at home. I’m sure it will be a huge hit.

  2. This looks like a great dip for family nights or even parties. I love that smoky flavor, it adds depth to the cheese! This recipe is a keeper!