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a bowl of cheese dip, surrounded by limes, cilantro, jalapeños and chips.

Instant Pot Queso Dip


This is absolutely the best Instant Pot Queso Dip recipe. No velveeta here, just freshly shredded monterey jack, sharp cheddar and cream cheese, with tomatoes, green chilis, garlic, jalapeño, and red onion. This easy queso dip recipe is just as good as what you might get at your favorite Mexican restaurant. Best of all, this keto queso dip comes together in just 15 minutes. 


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ½ small red onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilis
  • ⅓ cup water or stock
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 3/4 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded monterey jack cheese
  • Freshly chopped cilantro for garnish



  1. Set the Instant Pot to the “saute” function and melt the butter. Add the onion and jalapeno and cook until the onion is translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and stir for an additional minute. 
  2. Mix in the tomatoes and water. 
  3. Mix in the cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  4. Add the cream cheese and put the lid on the instant pot. Ensure that the release valve is set to “sealed”. 
  5. Cook on manual pressure (pressure cook) for 1 minute.
  6. After the timer has gone off, carefully release the pressure vale and do a quick release of the pressure.
  7. Once the pin has dropped, open the lid and mix until the cream cheese is well incorporated. 
  8. Add the half and half, cheddar and monterey jack cheeses and stir until the cheese is melted in and smooth. 


  • Storage: Store leftover Instant Pot queso dip in the refrigerator for up to a week. 
  • Reheating: I recommend reheating this keto queso dip in a pan on the stovetop.
  • Add beef: Add some taco seasoned ground beef to take things up a notch
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 mintes
  • Category: Dip Recipes
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Mexican

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