How to Melt Velveeta Cheese


In this post we’ll give you 4 of the best ways for how to melt Velveeta Cheese. We’ve also laid out step by step instructions for each one along with the most efficient way to prepare the cheese so that it melts quickly and comes out nice and smooth.

Be sure to watch for the FAQs at the bottom for additional tips.

sliced velveeta cheese
sliced velveeta cheese

What is Velveeta Cheese?

Velveeta Cheese is a shelf stable processed cheese product that’s made from:

Skim Milk, Milk, Canola Oil, Milk Protein Concentrate, Sodium Phosphate, Contains Less than 2% of Modified Food Starch, Whey Protein Concentrate, Maltodextrin, Whey, Salt, Calcium Phosphate, Lactic Acid, Sorbic Acid as a Preservative, Milkfat, Sodium Alginate, Sodium Citrate, Enzymes, Apocarotenal and Annatto (Color), Cheese Culture, Vitamin A Palmitate.

4 Easy and Mess-Free Ways to Melt Velveeta Cheese

Let’s take a look at four easy ways to melt Velveeta Cheese. We’ll give you the step by step instructions for each method. 

How to Melt Velveeta Cheese

Following are 4 of the most popular methods used to melt a block of Velveeta cheese.  They are each effective methods and you can choose the one you prefer according to your personal preference. 

Method 1: Melting Velveeta Cheese on the Stove (in a Saucepan)

The number one preferred method for melting processed cheese is in a saucepan on the stovetop.

You’ll want to use low heat for this method and stir the cheese regularly until it’s fully melted.

To get a head start on melting the cheese evenly and more rapidly, you can prepare it by grating it with a hand grater, or by cutting it into small cubes. This will speed up the process of the cheese melting.

Method 2: Melting it in the Microwave

If you’re in a hurry, you might prefer to use the microwave to melt your cheese. This method only takes a few minutes when the cheese is prepared in advance.

Instead of placing the whole block of cheese in the microwave, we recommend cutting it into small cubes or hand grating it first.

Then place the manageable sized pieces into a microwave safe bowl and microwave them for 30 second increments. Each time an increment is complete, the cheese should be removed and stirred.

Repeat this process until the cheese is smooth and is fully melted.

velveeta cheese
velveeta cheese

Method 3: Melting it in a Slow Cooker

Processed cheese can also be melted in a slow cooker. This method allows for more of a hand’s off approach and takes a little bit more time.

To melt cheese in a crockpot or slow cooker, prepare it first by cutting it into small cubes or grating it. Then place it in the crockpot over low heat, stirring occasionally until it’s melted thoroughly and is smooth.

It can take up to 30 minutes to melt a block of cheese in the slow cooker.

Method 4: Melting it in a Double Boiler

Using a double boiler can also be an effective way to melt cheese. Some might consider a double boiler to be old fashioned, but they are still an effective tool.

To prepare a double boiler, use two saucepans with one being smaller than the other one. Add about an inch of water in the larger pan, then stack the smaller pan inside.

Heat until the water in the outside pan starts to boil. Add the cheese and stir until it’s fully melted and smooth.

4 ways to melt velveeta cheese
4 ways to melt velveeta cheese

How To Melt Velveeta Block Cheese for Nachos

You can use any of the four methods above to melt a block of cheese for nachos. Choose your preferred method and go for it.

If you’d like to keep the cheese melted for a length of time, such as to use for a party, you can transfer the cheese to a crockpot on low heat to keep it warm. 

How Do You Keep Melted Velveeta Cheese Smooth?

To keep melted cheese smooth, add 1/4 cup milk to the cheese and stir it until it’s fully incorporated.

sliced velveeta
sliced velveeta

Tips For the Perfect Melted Cheese

Here are some tips for the perfect melted cheese.

We recommend melting cheese on the stovetop for the ultimate best results. But the microwave or slow cooker are also methods that provide good results.

Use an acid such as lemon juice or white wine to make it so that it will stay in its liquid form.  Just a small amount will do. This will also help to keep. The cheese from clumping.

How Do You Melt Velveeta Cheese Without It Sticking?

To melt Velveeta cheese without it sticking, you can use the microwave method or the stovetop method. Either one will work.

Once the cheese is fully melted, it shouldn’t stick any more. So if it’s still sticky add a bit of milk, stir, and heat a little longer until it’s nice and smooth and creamy.

Heating Evaporated Milk Makes a Smoother Velveeta Cheese Dip

To make a smoother cheese dip, you might choose to incorporate evaporated milk for a more silky, smooth outcome.

To do this, using a small amount is all it takes. Begin by starting to melt the cheese, then add a small amount of evaporated milk, a little at a time. Stir too fully incorporate the milk, then add a little more if needed until the desired consistency is reached. 

milk in velveeta
milk in velveeta

How Long Does It Take to Melt a Block of Velveeta Cheese?

It can take anywhere between 30 seconds to 30 minutes to melt a block of cheese, depending on the method used and how the cheese is prepared beforehand.

How Do You Melt Block Cheese Quickly?

The fastest way to melt a block of cheese is to prepare it by grating it first. Simply using a hand grater will suffice.

After the cheese has been grated, it can be melted using the stovetop or microwave method, whatever is preferred.

3-4 Minutes for The Perfect Melted Cheese

If you’re melting cheese in the microwave, it only takes about 3-4 minutes for the perfect melted cheese.

But don’t melt it all in one run, remember to use 30 second increments and stir it each time after heating it.

Can You Melt a Block of Cheese for Dip?

Yes. Whether you intend to use a block of processed cheese or a block of regular cheese such as cheddar, Colby Jack, or mozzarella, you can melt a block little bits at a time.

If you intend to melt a large quantity, it’s best to cut it into small chunks so that it’s more manageable to work with. And so, it melts more efficiently.

milk in cheese
milk in cheese

If You Want to Keep Your Melted Cheese Melted: Add Acid

Processed cheese, such as Velveeta that’s been melted is great for so many uses such as dips, sauces, pasta, and more. But after it cools, it tends to firm up again. Interested in knowing how you can keep it melted?

Add an acidic ingredient such as lemon juice or white wine. Just a small amount such as a teaspoon or two will do the job. Be sure to stir it in until it’s fully incorporated, for the best results. 

How To Melt Velveeta Cheese for Nachos in Microwave

Heating cheese in the microwave can be more efficient than using the stovetop or crockpot. If you’re in a hurry, this is likely your go to method.

First, cube or grate the cheese into even pieces and place them in a microwave safe bowl. Then use 30-45 second increments to microwave the cheese.

cheese in foil
cheese in foil

Between each of the increments, you’ll want to remove the cheese from the microwave and stir it. This process will be repeated until the cheese is fully melted and is smooth in consistency.

How To Melt Velveeta Block Cheese on Stove

To melt a block of cheese, such as a processed cheese, it’s best to cut it into small even pieces first, add a bit of milk, and stir it over low heat until it’s fully melted and is smooth. This will take several minutes.

This method can be used for any recipe that calls for melted cheese.

How Long Does It Take to Melt Velveeta on Stove Top?

It takes about 30 minutes to melt Velveeta cheese on the stovetop. We recommend using a low heat setting to help keep it from burning.

How To Melt Velveeta Cheese in A Slow Cooker

Perhaps you prefer to melt your cheese using more of a hands off method. Using a slow cooker can allow you do to this. This method will take about 30 minutes.

To melt cheese using a slow cooker, cube the cheese or grate it first and set it on low for about 30 minutes, stirring it periodically.

How To Melt Velveeta Cheese for Rotel Dip

Rotel dip, in case you’ve never had it, is made with ground beef, a can of Rotel tomatoes, in a melted cheese base. It’s served with tortilla chips.

cheese in saucepan
cheese in saucepan

The best way to melt cheese for this dip is in a saucepan over low heat. We recommend cutting the cheese into small cubes for the best results or grating it first. This will allow it to melt evenly and faster.

After the cheese is smooth, add the browned ground beef and a can of rotell tomatoes. Serve warm with chips or crackers.

Velveeta Macaroni and Cheese

Making macaroni and cheese using Velveeta cheese creates a whole new experience. You know that infinitely melted, smooth cheese flavor that one achieves.

It’s like no other. And it’s probably created from using a processed cheese like Velveeta.

Velveeta Recipes

Following are some of our favorite recipes that use Velveeta cheese.

Buffalo Wild Wings Queso Dip Recipe
Outback Mac and Cheese Copycat Recipe
Tiktok Mac and Cheese Recipe

Frequently Asked Questions

Following are frequently asked questions that relate to how to melt Velveeta cheese. If you have a question that’s not answered. Here, feel free to drop it to us using the comments box below, and we’ll be happy to answer it. 

How do I melt Velveeta cheese on the stove?

The best way to melt Velveeta cheese on the stove is to cut it into small cubes or grate it first. 

Then add it to a saucepan over low heat. Stir the cheese regularly until it’s fully melted and becomes smooth.  This can take up to 30 minutes.

cubed cheese in pan
cubed cheese in pan

Can you melt Velveeta cheese in microwave?

Yes, you can melt Velveeta cheese in the microwave, using a microwave safe bowl. We recommend cutting the cheese into small cubes and transferring it to a microwave safe bowl.

Microwave the cheese using 30 second increments, removing the cheese from the microwave each time and stirring it until it’s fully smooth. 

melted cheese
melted cheese

Is Velveeta a good melting cheese?

Yes, Velveeta is one of the best cheeses you can find for melting.  It makes perfect sauces and dips because does melt into a smooth consistency that’s perfect for these uses.

How do you keep melted Velveeta cheese smooth?

Adding a bit of milk when melting the cheese can help to keep it smooth and prevent it from clumping.

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