Instant Pot Queso Dip Recipe

Instant Pot Queso Dip Recipe with Ground Beef, served with Mission Tortilla Strips
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In preparation for your Cinco de Mayo celebration or get-together I am going to share a delicious Instant Pot Queso Dip Recipe made from scratch; ground beef, diced tomatoes and green chilies, jalapenos, white onion, garlic,  Monterey Jack, Sharp Cheddar, chili powder, cumin, butter, cornstarch, evaporated milk, salt and pepper.  Pair it with Mission® Strips Tortilla Chips and you’ll be sure to wow your family and friends.


Instant Pot Queso Dip Recipe with Ground Beef, served with Mission Tortilla StripsA cheese dip makes for the perfect Cinco de Mayo celebration appetizer. This Instant Pot Queso Dip recipe is made from real cheese, a big step up from dip sold in jars, and a homemade dish that can compete with the queso served at your favorite restaurants. It’s so creamy and cheesy. It’s super easy to make in the Instant Pot. True queso is eaten as a dip with crispy tortilla chips, but you can even serve this as a nacho cheese sauce to go well with other appetizers and dishes for any celebration.
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Instant Pot Queso Dip Recipe with Ground Beef, served with Mission Tortilla Strips 
This Instant Pot Queso Dip is made with a combination of cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses, browned ground beef, chili powder, garlic, onion, cornstarch, evaporated milk, cumin, diced tomatoes and green chiles, jalapenos, black pepper and salt. The best part of making my own cheese dip is that I have more control on flavors and consistency. You can solely use white cheese (such as the Monterey jack) to make white queso dip. I personally like my dip to have more of an orange hue, so I often use more of the cheddar cheese.

Instant Pot Queso Dip Recipe with Ground Beef, served with Mission Tortilla StripsTo serve my Instant Pot Queso Dip recipe, I add some toppings that complement the dip very well, especially for a Cinco de Mayo celebration: guacamole, sour cream and fresh chopped salsa. To bring you the authentic Mexican restaurant experience, grab delicious Mission Strips Tortilla Chips that are made with 4 simple ingredients. There are no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives!

Instant Pot Queso Dip Recipe with Ground Beef, served with Mission Tortilla Strips

Mission Strips Tortilla Chips are great for dipping, layering or just by themselves.  I am actually snacking on some right now while writing this post. 🙂 The Mission Strips Tortilla Chips and Instant Pot Queso Dip are a match made in heaven. They taste amazing together and the chips are sturdy enough to grab a good amount of dip every time.

Instant Pot Queso Dip Recipe with Ground Beef, served with Mission Tortilla StripsMission® Super Soft Flour Tortillas are also one of my favorite Mission® products. They are soft and delicious; I always stock up on Mission® Super Soft Flour Tortillas because they are great for all kinds of meals and snacks.

Instant Pot Queso Dip Recipe with Ground Beef, served with Mission Tortilla Strips
When my kids are craving quesadillas I just need to add some cheese and fry the tortilla in the skillet pan.  Or, when I have some leftover meats I can make a burrito wrap for lunch. It hits the spot every time, yum!
If you’re looking for other great recipes for your Cinco de Mayo celebration, visit Mission’s recipe page here.

Instant Pot Queso Dip Recipe with Ground Beef, served with Mission Tortilla StripsOn a final note, I found that many restaurants are actually a bit too conservative with their queso and don’t add very many ingredients.  A few others I’ve been to add so much that it doesn’t even seem like queso anymore.

Instant Pot Queso Dip Recipe with Ground Beef, served with Mission Tortilla Strips

I really enjoy how all of the flavors that I listed play off of each other and give the queso a thicker consistency for my Mission Strips Tortilla Chips.  Keep in-mind that it’s easy to scale back some of the ingredients that I listed if you prefer to do so.

Instant Pot Queso Dip Recipe with Ground Beef, served with Mission Tortilla StripsHere are some important steps I took to make this Instant Pot Queso Dip Recipe:

  1. I used extra lean ground beef (92% or higher) to avoid greasy looking queso dip.
  2. I browned the ground beef in a regular skillet pan. Faster and easier to clean.
  3. To get a nice browned ground beef, I seasoned with a pinch of salt, and pepper. I let the beef sit in the hot pan undisturbed for about two minutes until it gets browned then flip on the other side, wait undisturbed for about two minutes then start breaking apart with a wooden spatula.
  4. To thicken the dip, I used cornstarch. To avoid grainy and raw flour taste in dip sauce, I make sure to melt in butter over medium heat and stir in cornstarch, cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. I used block cheeses and grated them before cooking.

Instant Pot Queso Dip Recipe with Ground Beef, served with Mission Tortilla StripsInstant Pot Queso Dip Recipe and Cooking Instructions:

4.8 from 5 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 agustini
  • 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.


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    robin rue
    Apr 19, 2018 at 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.

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    Apr 19, 2018 at 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.

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    Amber Myers
    Apr 19, 2018 at 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.

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    Apr 19, 2018 at 6:13 am

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

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    Apr 19, 2018 at 6:26 am

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

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    Apr 19, 2018 at 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.

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    Apr 19, 2018 at 11:19 am

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

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    Apr 19, 2018 at 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!

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    Francesca Murray
    Apr 19, 2018 at 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

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    Lisa Favre
    Apr 19, 2018 at 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.

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    Apr 19, 2018 at 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!

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    Angela Ricardo
    Apr 19, 2018 at 10:50 pm

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

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    Apr 20, 2018 at 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.

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    valmg @ Mom Knows It All
    Apr 20, 2018 at 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.

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    chubskulit rose
    Apr 20, 2018 at 5:39 am

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

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    Sara Welch
    Apr 20, 2018 at 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!

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    Tomi C
    Apr 20, 2018 at 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.

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    Vanessa Palma
    Apr 22, 2018 at 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.

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    Jennifer Mitchell
    Apr 23, 2018 at 9:37 am

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

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    Dec 30, 2018 at 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?

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      rika agustini
      Dec 30, 2018 at 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.

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