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Instant Pot Queso Dip Recipe

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 408kcal
Whip up a batch of queso dip in just 15 minutes with this easy Instant Pot recipe. Perfectly cheesy and loaded with flavor, it's time to grab those tortillas!
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  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ medium red onion diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper diced (and seeded to your heat level preference)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
  • 10 ounces diced tomatoes with chiles 1 can
  • ½ cup vegetable broth or any broth or stock, or water
  • 4 ounces cream cheese cut into cubes
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  • Tortilla chips for serving


  • Press Saute on a 6-quart Instant Pot. When the display reads “hot”, add the butter and allow it to melt.
  • Add the onions and jalapeno and saute 3-4 minutes, or until softened. Season with garlic powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and cayenne (if using).
  • Press Cancel, then add the tomatoes and broth, stirring well. Add the cream cheese cubes on top of the mixture; do not stir.
  • Secure the lid and pressure valve, and cook on Manual High Pressure for 1 minute. Perform a quick release, then carefully remove the lid.
  • Add the heavy cream and stir, then gradually add the shredded cheeses, 1 cup at a time, stirring well until it’s completely melted.
  • Allow the queso to thicken for a few minutes, then transfer it to a serving bowl. Garnish with jalapeno slices and diced tomatoes (if desired), and enjoy with a big bowl of tortilla chips.



  • Dice the onion and jalapeno fairly small so that they mix in with the rest of the ingredients.
  • You can add more or less cayenne depending on how spicy you like things.
  • I make this with vegetable stock to keep it meat-free, but you can use chicken, beef or just water.


Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 590mg | Potassium: 183mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1378IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 460mg | Iron: 1mg