Appetizers & Sides, Recipe, Snack

Allergy Friendly Homemade Cheese Sauce & Dip

Free From the Top 9 Except Dairy | Also Free From Onion, Garlic and Mustard!

Finding a store-bought cheese sauce for dipping pretzels, or for your favorite nacho recipe can be hard. Especially when your allergens include ingredients outside the top 9 allergens.

Onion, Garlic, and Mustard Oh My!

Onion, garlic, and mustard are three of the many allergies we manage in our household, and they are oftentimes hidden. Hidden in phrases such as “spices” and “natural flavors”.

We Can Do It Without Them – No Sweat!

In addition to that, onion, garlic and mustard are also frequently used to season dishes because if you aren’t allergic to them they can add great depth of flavor. Do not be dismayed! I’ve got you! You can still create all your favorite recipes without these ingredients, that are allergy friendly and taste amazing!

We Manage a Total of 15 Allergens in Our House

I have always loved to cook and bake. I did rely heavily on many store-bought products for my cooking and baking. Then upon my son’s additional 7 allergies he was diagnosed with (bringing him to 9 total) and my husbands 6 newly diagnosed allergens, it forced my hand to recreate these items at home.

Onion, Garlic and Mustard Everywhere

Nearly every sauce, marinade, dressing, seasoning, and many other pre-made products … have onion, garlic and mustard!

Silver Lining of Food Allergies and Homemade Recipes

Come to find out – you can make them homemade with less ingredients, in less time than you think. Less ingredients and homemade also means it’s more often than not, better for you! You are also now cutting out all the ingredients that aren’t good for you anyways! Not to mention while it may seem overwhelming or difficult – these recipes are super easy and take just a handful of minutes most the time.

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Follow Along With Us

Continue to follow along on our journey as I recreate all our favorite sauces, marinades, dressings and more.

Homemade Cheese Sauce for Pretzels & Nachos

Today – yummy ooey gooey cheese sauce you can use for pretzels or nachos! Switch up the cheese for your liking. You can easily switch out Mexican blend for Pepper Jack, Mild Cheddar, or any other cheese dip you’d like to make!

What Kind of Cheese to Use | Store-Bought Grated or Grate by the Block

You “can” use the pre-grated cheese from the store and it will turn out fine, however, if you want high quality cheese dip you really want to avoid this as it has anti-caking agents and leaves a starchiness to the dip. Take the extra few minutes to grate cheese from a block of Colby Jack or other cheese, and you will love the end result much more!

Homemade Cheese Sauce for Pretzels & Nachos

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Cook Time 5 minutes


  • 2 T Salted Butter
  • 1 T Cornstarch
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk
  • 2 Cups Grated Colby Jack Cheese or any cheese desired (Pepper Jack, Mild Cheddar, etc.) May use pre-grated but grated fresh from a block of cheese is better.
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper


  1. In a small saucepan over medium high heat, melt the butter, stirring frequently.

  2. Whisk cornstarch into butter, until smooth, lowering heat as needed.

  3. Slowly whisk milk into butter mixture and continue to stir for 3-4 additional minutes, until turns into a thickened sauce.

  4. Add cheese to milk mixture, and stir just until melted smooth. Add pepper, and stir.

  5. Use as a dipping sauce for pretzels, or as a cheese sauce for nachos.

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