4.84 from 6 votes
Instant Pot Queso Dip
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Rika Livingston
  • 1 bag of Mission® Strips Tortilla Chips
  • ½ pound lean ground beef at least 92%
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • 1-2 fresh jalapenos chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 can 12 oz evaporated milk or half n half
  • 1 can diced tomatoes and green chilies unsalted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt add more according to your liking
  • black pepper to taste
  • 3.5 cups A combination of Monterey Jack and Sharp Cheddar (you can also use white American cheese for white Queso)
  • Guacamole
  • Fresh Salsa
  • Sour Cream
  1. In a skillet pan, brown the ground beef meat over medium heat. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Let the meat sit undisturbed for about two minutes, flip and cook the other side, let the meat sit undisturbed for about two minutes. Start breaking the meat with a wooden spatula and the meat is fully cooked. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  2. Turn on the Instant Pot to sauté over medium heat (normal). Melt butter and add cornstarch, cook for about two minutes to avoid grainy dipping sauce.
  3. Add chopped onion and jalapenos, keep stirring until fragrant, add garlic, chili powder, cumin, and stir for about 30 seconds.
  4. Add 1 can diced tomatoes and green chilies, salt, black pepper and stir for about 10 seconds.

  5. Pour half of the milk and keep cooking and scraping the bottom of the pan until the sauce is smooth and thick.

  6. Pour and whisk in the remaining milk and add the ground beef. Press the Adjust button to increase the heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil for about one minute. Stirring occasionally.

  7. Stir in all the cheese and press the “stop” button to shut off the heat.

  8. Cover the pot with the lid and let it stands undisturbed for about 3 minutes.

  9. Remove the lid and whisk the mixture until smooth. Season with salt and pepper if needed.

  10. Serve with guacamole, fresh salsa, sour cream and enjoy with Mission Strips Tortilla Chips.



Rika Livingston is a multinational food and lifestyle blogger, who incorporates ideas and ingredients from around the globe into her healthy cooking. Her award-winning blog blends conceptual photography with the useful information and reviews her readers crave. Rika translates her passion for food, travel, and fashion into gorgeous moments, helping her followers find the good life.

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robin rue Apr 19, 2018 - 3:05 am

I am always looking for things to make in my Instant pot, so I can’t wait to make this dip. It sounds perfect for a movie night snack.

candy Apr 19, 2018 - 4:49 am

I don’t have one of these pots yet but I see recipes all over the place using them. We love a good dip and chip for anytime. Love a cheese dip that goes with chips or veggies.

Amber Myers Apr 19, 2018 - 5:16 am

This looks so spectacular. I just love a good queso dip. I’ll have to make this soon as a delicious snack over the weekend.

Tammy Apr 19, 2018 - 6:13 am

Oh yum and even better its made in the Instant Pot. Thanks for sharing and pinning.

Tasheena Apr 19, 2018 - 6:26 am

This recipe looks yummy! Love a good Queso dip. So convenient that it’s made in a Instant Pot.

Jeanette Apr 19, 2018 - 6:29 am

Oh my gosh I think I might be in love! I am always struggling to make another dip at my parties something like this I can make a whole bunch of dip and not have to worry. It looks so good.

peter Apr 19, 2018 - 11:19 am

this looks so good. Agreed, most restaurants skimp right out of the good stuff. your quest looks perfectly balanced. yummers

Cheryl Apr 19, 2018 - 11:55 am

Every time I see an instant pot recipe I totally want to buy one. Love how easy everything looks! This looks amazing!

Francesca Murray Apr 19, 2018 - 1:08 pm

Wow, I was expecting this to be a recipe mostly from a can. I can’t believe you make the cheese from scratch! I’m going to pin this

Lisa Favre Apr 19, 2018 - 2:32 pm

Give me all the cheese! If there was only one reason to purchase the Instant Pot (because we all know, there are SO many good reasons to), then it would definitely be this recipe.

Heather Apr 19, 2018 - 10:40 pm

I keep seeing all of these awesome instant pot recipes and I don’t have one yet. I need to put it on my holiday list!

Angela Ricardo Apr 19, 2018 - 10:50 pm

You totally had me at queso! I love instant pot they are super easy to create stuff … yummy stuff!

Marysa Apr 20, 2018 - 4:52 am

This looks incredible, and I love how you served it in the cast iron pan. I love some good queso – I’ll have to save your recipe to make some for the whole family.

valmg @ Mom Knows It All Apr 20, 2018 - 5:11 am

I love my pressure cookers, they make things so simple to make. My oldest son loves queso, it’s one of his favorite things to dip tortilla chips in.

chubskulit rose Apr 20, 2018 - 5:39 am

Love me some cheesy dip with my tortilla, this looks absolutely delicious! My daughter would love this!

Sara Welch Apr 20, 2018 - 6:19 am

I’m seriously addicted to queso dip of all kinds! I’ve made my own before but didn’t like it as much as others I’ve had before. I’ll have to give this a shot!

Tomi C Apr 20, 2018 - 7:59 am

Queso Dip in my Instant Pot! Mind blown! I love my instant pot and I am finding so many great recipes. Adding this one to my recipe index.

Vanessa Palma Apr 22, 2018 - 8:18 am

I just got an instapot and am always looking for new recipes to try. This will be next on my list to try.

Jennifer Mitchell Apr 23, 2018 - 9:37 am

Queso dip is one of my favorites. This looks like it is so good!

Sue Dec 30, 2018 - 9:43 am

I saw American cheese in the ingredients and was ready to just go back to my search. Then I saw that you said you used Monterey jack and cheddar and decided it looked good. You know that American cheese is completely different, right?

rika agustini Dec 30, 2018 - 12:45 pm

Hi Sue, It’s an alternate cheese option and I forgot to add word “OR”. You can use white American cheese for White Queso or a combination of Monterey Jack and Cheddar. Thanks.

Julia Mar 16, 2019 - 5:43 am

Rika, WOW! so simple, yet SO tasty! This is fantastic, yum. Thanks for the recipe.

rika agustini Mar 16, 2019 - 11:16 am

Glad that you enjoyed this recipe Julia! Thanks for sharing the feedback!


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