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Instant Pot Beef Queso Dip

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Instant Pot Beef queso dip is an easy queso dip recipe you make in the Instant Pot. This is a delicious ground beef Rotel queso dip that is loaded with creaminess. Make in a fraction of the time compared to the classic crockpot queso dip! 

Caucasian hand dipping chip into Instant Pot Beef Queso Dip

Try out my Olive Garden spinach artichoke dip or if you like chicken try out my buffalo chicken dip. Both of these dips are simple to make and delicious to eat. 

This hamburger queso dip is one recipe we make for game day entertaining, weeknight snacking, and more. You can make this Instant Pot dip for a potluck dish, etc. Get creative and have fun. Scroll down to learn how to make beef queso dip.

Instant Pot Beef Queso Dip ingredients in ingredient bowls on white countertop with Instant Pot sitting next to the ingredients


  • lean ground beef
  • unsalted butter
  • cornstarch
  • onion
  • jalapeno
  • garlic
  • chili powder
  • ground cumin
  • evaporated milk
  • Rotel
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • fiesta blend cheese


Now you can make this a sausage queso dip, just swap the ground beef with sausage. Or you can do 1 pound sausage and 1 pound ground beef. If you want a spicy queso dip, all you need to do is ramp up the spice in the dish or reach for a hot spicy sausage. 

Add more spice...

  • Add in diced jalapenos that have the seeds - adjust to your liking. 
  • Sprinkle in some of your favorite hot sauce to ramp up the spice of this taco queso dip. 
  • Add in a hot Rotel instead of mild or original. This will give a lot of heat with a simple swap of ingredients. 
  • Use spicy sausage to replace ground beef

The Cheese

I used a Fiesta blend cheese that will bring tons of flavor to this cheese dip. If you wanted to use Velveeta you would need to stir it in once the dip is cooked to prevent the burn notice.

Feel free to make it a Velveeta queso dip with ground beef instead of using the evaporated milk and the shredded cheese as you see in this Instant Pot Rotel dip. 

Instant Pot Beef Queso Dip in white bowl on white tray with chips and the cheese dip

How to Store

To store your dip you will transfer to an airtight container. The dip will store for around 3 days or so in the fridge. Then when you want just reheat in the microwave or even eat the dip cold. It will be a lot thicker once it chills. So if you feel when you are reheating and it is too thick, you can add in a splash of milk to help thin it up. 

This has easily become one of the best instant pot dips I have made so far. A fun party dip that gives you that restaurant style queso dip at home. 



Can you freeze queso dip?

Unfortunately, you can not freeze queso dip. You will find due to the dairy in the recipe it will separate as it thaws from being frozen. It will become kind of a mix of ingredients all separated. If you do freeze, you can try to stir and re-incorporate it. Cheese can also alter in texture once reheated. 

How do you thin Velveeta queso dip?

To thin the dip you will want to add a bit more milk into the recipe. Once the dip is cooked and the lid is off, stir in 2 tablespoons of milk at a time. Keep stirring until the milk is incorporated. Then you will repeat as needed to reach the desired texture. 

Instant Pot Beef Queso Dip in white bowl with chips beside it

How to Make

  • Ground Beef on Saute
  • Add onions and peppers on saute
  • Add rotel and spices into the mix
  • Add in dairy
  • Cook with the lid on
  • Release pressure, stir and serve
Yield: 8 servings

Instant Pot Queso with Ground Beef

Instant Pot Queso with Ground Beef

Easy Rotel queso appetizer dip recipe using Rotes, ground beef, shredded cheese and evaporated milk.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


    1. Set your instant pot to sauté mode. Once it is hot, add in your meat, and break it up into small pieces. Continue to sauté until brown. Once done, drain, and set the meat aside.
    2. Still having your instant pot on sauté mode, add in your onions, butter, and cornstarch. Continue to stir as they soften. Keep them in the pot for about 3 to 5 minutes until fully softened. Once the onions are done, adding your jalapeños for an additional minute. Mix.
    3. Add in the garlic, chili powder, and cumin. Stir all of the ingredients together for about 1 more minute.
    4. Mix in your Rotel, and salt and pepper.
    5. Pour in your milk and scrape the bottom of the pan to remove any residue from the meat or vegetables. This will add extra flavor to your queso.
    6. Add the meat to your pot.
    7. Keeping your instant pot on sauté mode, use the + button to increase the heat on your instant pot. Whisk well and allow it to boil.
    8. Once it has reached a high boil, keep it there for one minute.
    9. Add in all of your cheese, mix, and then put your lid on the instant pot. Leave it for five minutes to melt.
    10. Remove the lid, transfer to your favorite serving bowl, and enjoy!


This dip is quite versatile and can easily be adapted to use ground chicken, ground turkey, or sausage. You could also make it a bacon queso dip recipe.


  • Can my dog eat some Queso with Ground Beef? This is not the ideal one to share with your dog. Mainly because of the garlic and the amount of salt and strong seasonings it brings, all of these are harmful to your pet's health. Also, cheese may dislike him, as most dogs are lactose intolerant.
  • Can my cat eat some Queso with Ground Beef? Due to the ingredients included in this recipe, it is not recommended that you share it with your cat. Most felines are lactose intolerant, so all this cheese can dislike them.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 356Total Fat 24gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 101mgSodium 613mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 27g

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Sunday 3rd of January 2021

Where do the butter and cornstarch come into play? I don’t see them mentioned in the instructions.


Friday 22nd of January 2021

Hi Richael,

Thanks for the note. I've updated the recipe card to note where the butter and cornstarch are added. Thanks for pointing out that it wasn't listed.

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