Yield: 8 servings

Instant Pot Queso

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Instant Pot Queso with Rotel tomatoes and white cheddar is begging to be scooped up with chips or poured over nachos. Make thick and creamy queso in minutes with your pressure cooker!


  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 cups shredded white cheddar cheese


  1. Turn Instant Pot on "SAUTE." Add butter, onion, and jalapeno to the pot. Cook for about 2-3 minutes until butter is melted and veggies are softened. Turn off.
  2. Add Rotel tomatoes (undrained) and water to the pot, stirring to make sure there are no browned bits stuck to the bottom of the pot.
  3. Add cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper, stirring until combined.
  4. Add cream cheese and do not stir.
  5. Secure the lid, making sure the valve is set to "SEALING."
  6. Select HIGH PRESSURE for 1 minute.
  7. When cook time ends do a controlled quick release of the pressure by moving the valve on top to venting.
  8. Remove the lid and stir. Add in heavy cream and shredded cheese. Stir until completely melted. Allow to sit several minutes to thicken.
  9. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!


  • Recipe tested in a 6qt Instant Pot. Time does not include the time it takes to come to pressure (about 10 minutes).
  • To do a controlled quick release, move the valve to venting, switching it on and off until the pressure fully releases, this will take about 1 minute.
  • Add more or less heavy cream to determine how thick you want your queso. We prefer ours to be slightly "pourable" to drizzle over chicken or nachos.
  • Garnish with jalapenos, rotel tomatoes, and red pepper flakes.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 438Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 115mgSodium: 950mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 16g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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