The Ultimate Nacho Cheese Sauce

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Ingredients for 8 servings

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 large red onions, minced (Try any combination of shallots, scallions, leeks, or yellow onions)

3 to 5 jalapeƱos (to taste), minced (Try charring poblano or anaheim peppers for a more smokey flavor)

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (Other great spices to include: chipotle powder, paprika, pimenton, or a hefty dose of black pepper)

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups heavy cream (Half-and-half or milk can be used in place of heavy cream)

One 12-ounce bottle lager-style beer (Try white wine, but bourbon, cognac, or brandy would be excellent, too. For a non-alcoholic version, use apple cider)

4 cups grated cheddar cheese, from about 1 pound

4 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese, from about 1 pound (Other cheeses to include: Pepper Jack, Gruyere, Comte, Provolone, Mozzarella, Fontina, or Havarti)

3 tomatoes, chopped (Try these add-ins in addition to the tomatoes: Pickled giardiniera mix with carrots and pepperoncini, peppadews, olives, corn, or bacon.)

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

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