Spicy Cheddar Cheese Sauce for Hot Dogs

cheddar cheese sauce topping for hot dogs
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Spicy Cheddar Cheese Sauce for Hot Dogs

This is my favorite recipe for a spicy cheddar cheese sauce for hot dogs.  It’s perfect as a plain condiment on an all-beef hot dog, or use it to make the Awesome Texas Road House Hot Dog.  It’s also great on soft pretzels, potato chips, nachos, pasta, and even veggies!


  • 2 cups whole milk (don’t use low fat or no-fat milk, the taste and texture won’t be right)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 Tablespoons of your favorite hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • salt + pepper to taste


  1. Heat the milk in a large saucepan until you see bubbles beginning to form along the top.
  2. While the milk is heating, melt the butter in different saucepan. When melted, gradually sprinkle the flour over the top, stirring constantly until a thick paste forms.  This will take about 1 to 2 minutes.
    Slowly add the warm milk to the flour/butter paste, stirring constantly. Continue to heat sauce while whisking it until the mixture thickens, roughly 5 minutes.
  3. The sauce should be about the thickness of buttermilk or heavy cream. Add the grated cheddar cheese, whisking until it is melted and combined.
  4. Add the hot sauce and taste, then add cayenne pepper and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. The sauce should still be pretty runny, but it will thicken up when it cools.
  6. Serve once cooled.
  7. Store leftovers covered tightly in the refrigerator.
  8. Heat leftovers on the stove top or in the microwave before serving again.
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