Jalapeño Cheese Sauce

Here’s another twist on a traditional cheese sauce recipe. Jalapeño cheese sauce is tame enough for the whole family and plenty versatile. Smother a steak with this sauce and you’ll be very, very happy.  Drizzle it over vegetables, and you’ve added much needed life to that broccoli or cauliflower. Or simply use it as a dipper. It’s good in so many ways.

Using pickled jalapeños instead of fresh give this cheese sauce a slight acidity. It lets the flavor of the jalapeño peppers cut through the cheese adding both pop and tang. Feel free to add more jalapeños or less, depending on your heat tolerance.

Jalapeño Cheese Sauce

A strong mature cheddar is the best cheese to use for this recipe.  If you cannot find any in the supermarket try mixing a milder hard cheese with some parmesan to achieve a similar flavor.

To make life a little more convenient you can prepare the sauce in the microwave. See our notes below for this alternative cooking method. If you’re in a rush, it works – but for the best flavor it’s best to prepare on the oven.

Jalapeño Cheese Sauce

Jalapeño Cheese Sauce

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Sauce
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 203 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 ½ cups extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons pickled jalapeño slices


  • Place a pan over medium heat, add the butter and melt it completely.
  • Add the ground pepper, salt, and flour to the pan. Stir quickly to create a smooth paste.
  • Add the cheese and milk. Stir constantly until the sauce thickens to your desired consistency.
  • Roughly chop the jalapeños (or slice into rings) and stir into the sauce. Serve immediately.


If you’re in a rush, you can make this sauce in the microwave. 
Simply add all of the ingredients together in a microwaveable jug and stir thoroughly.  Cook on a high power for 3 minutes and stir again until combined. Cook for 1 minute and stir again, then repeat until the cheese sauce is thick and creamy.


Calories: 203kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 10gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 396mgPotassium: 141mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 588IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 296mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Jalapeno Pepper
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on September 1, 2020 to include new content.
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