Deep Fried Nacho Cheese

Deep Fried Nacho CheeseI recently bought a six pound can of nacho cheese from Sam’s Club. I have no idea why I even decided to buy it, but it was less than a dollar a pound, so for some reason I couldn’t pass it up. After it sat on my kitchen counter for about a week I decided to try deep frying some of it.

I started off the same way I did when I made my deep fried beer cheese soup, my deep fried Baconnaise and my deep fried mashed potatoes — by freezing it in cube form. Normally when I batter something before I deep dry it I dip it in a mixture of egg and milk and then shake it around in a bag of flour. With the nacho cheese though I swapped out the regular flour for corn flour. The result? The breading tasted just like a taco shell!

My first couple attempts at deep fried nacho cheese didn’t exactly go very smoothly though. In fact, they were a complete disaster. My batter wasn’t even close to being thick enough, which caused the nacho cheese cubes to melt much faster than the breading cooked. This caused the cheese to separate from the corn flour coating and left me with a pool of nacho cheese floating at the top of the 375° oil. After a couple attempts though I discovered that triple battering the cheese cubes is the perfect way to solve this problem.

Once I got all the kinks worked out my deep fried nacho cheese was delicious. If I made it again though I’d probably try making the cubes a little smaller just so there was a closer nacho cheese to breading ratio. Also, I’d make sure that I have some sour cream on hand for dipping purposes, because that would have gone perfectly with these. Oh, and I’ve still got about five and a half pounds of nacho cheese left, so if you’ve got any suggestions on what I can do with it let me know!

19 Comments on Deep Fried Nacho Cheese

  1. Alysha @Shesontherun
    September 20, 2012 at 10:23 am (12 years ago)

    I LOVE canned nacho cheese. Although I’ll usually choose the fresh version every time with other foods, when it comes to nacho cheese – the faker the better 🙂

  2. @choll12
    September 20, 2012 at 10:33 am (12 years ago)

    If you think I’m not having this for dinner tonight you are wrong.

  3. Erica
    September 20, 2012 at 11:36 am (12 years ago)

    We just had a bbq where we deep fried pickles, chix chimichangas and stuffing (inspired by the state fair). I borrowed the deep fryer from a friend. I now MUST HAVE a deep fryer of my own! How in the world do you keep your fryer looking so clean though?

    • Nick
      September 20, 2012 at 12:51 pm (12 years ago)

      Usually if I’m not going to be using it again for a while I’ll filter the oil out through a strainer and some cheesecloth into a glass jar and then keep it stored there until I need it again.

      Then I take out the metal interior of my deep fryer (I have no idea if the metal part has an official name or what) and run it through the dishwasher.

  4. Abby
    September 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm (12 years ago)

    I LOVE nacho cheese and these sound amazing! I think I will put jalapeno slices in the cheese before I freeze them when I try this. Yum!

    • Nick
      September 20, 2012 at 1:14 pm (12 years ago)

      Jalapeno slices in with the cheese would be super good!

  5. AJ
    September 20, 2012 at 5:50 pm (12 years ago)

    for some reason, i don’t know how you’d make it happen, but a deep fried egg and nacho cheese sounds delish!

  6. Frankenstein
    September 20, 2012 at 5:58 pm (12 years ago)

    I second the jalapeno slices. In keeping with nacho themes, maybe some onions, or crushed up tortilla chips as well for texture?

    • Nick
      September 21, 2012 at 12:48 pm (12 years ago)

      Crushed up tortilla chips for texture are another great idea! I’m gonna have to try and make these again and use your suggestions.

  7. @jamieauyeung
    September 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm (12 years ago)

    It’s not c’yo cheese, it’s deep fried nacho cheese!

  8. @dolske
    September 21, 2012 at 10:15 pm (12 years ago)

    Some things shouldn’t be deep fried.

  9. @zapp7272
    September 22, 2012 at 4:39 am (12 years ago)


  10. Naya
    September 28, 2012 at 11:18 pm (12 years ago)

    Deep fried Doritos nachos XD


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