Instant Pot Cheesy Hamburger Dip is a meat and cheese dip match made in food heaven. Savory beef flavored with onions and taco seasoning is blended with creamy cheese, tomatoes, and green chiles. If you're looking for a cheesy hamburger dip to feed a crowd, this is it! Meaty, cheesy, and great for sharing!
Dips are just something we love! Most of our savory dips use flour and butter (roux) as a base.
It needed to be something similar to our Rotel dip but easier. More of a "dump and go" type of recipe.
After several attempts, we created a hamburger dip recipe that is flavorful, simple, and only takes a few minutes to prepare.
All you need is a few ingredients and an Instant Pot!
I've listed some "best practice" tips below, including one about which type of meat we use. Be sure to check it out before you go!
How to Make Instant Pot Cheesy Hamburger Dip:
This cheese dip is super easy to make! Start by turning the Instant Pot to saute.
Then add the butter, ground beef, onions, and taco seasoning. Use a wooden spoon to separate the meat into small pieces, and allow it to brown a bit.
Cook the meat until it's completely browned. Next, add the tomatoes and green chiles along with their juices.
Close the Instant Pot, ensuring that the valve is on "sealing." Set to high pressure (manual/pressure cook) for 6 minutes.
Allow the Instant Pot to complete a natural release for 10 minutes then remove the lid. Add the evaporated milk and stir in the cheeses a little bit at a time.
If the hamburger dip is too thin, add a cornstarch slurry to reach the desired thickness. Serve immediately!
*See the tips below about cheese dip thickness and the slurry.
Tips for the Best Cheesy Hamburger Dip:
- We've used 93/7 and 80/20 ground beef, and both worked equally well. We haven't tried this recipe with other meats like chicken, turkey, or pork. However, a variety of ground beef options work.
- We didn't drain the grease from the ground beef before adding the tomatoes and chiles. (See the video for an example.) Draining the grease is certainly an option. Simply remove the meat mixture from the Instant Pot before adding the tomatoes and chiles. Drain the meat on paper towels, and return it to the Instant Pot.
- Use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of the Instant Pot while cooking the ground beef. Otherwise, it may stick, and you may get a "burn" warning.
- Use a cornstarch slurry to thicken the cheese dip to your desired thickness. Since we didn't drain the grease from the beef, the dip was a little thinner than we liked. Therefore, we added a cornstarch slurry to tighten it up a bit. Thickness really is subjective, so make it as thick or as thin as you like!
Recipe Card with Ingredient Amounts and Instructions
- 1 pound ground beef
- ½ cup white onion, diced
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons taco seasoning, 1 packet
- 10 ounces diced tomatoes and green chiles, 1 can; Rotel undrained
- 7 ounces green chiles, 1 can; undrained
- 12 ounces evaporated milk
- 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded off the block
- 8 ounces Monterey jack cheese, shredded off the block
- 4 tablespoons cornstarch, optional for slurry if needed
- 2 to 3 tablespoons water, optional for slurry if needed
- kosher salt, to taste
- Set Instant Pot to "saute." Add the ground beef, onion, butter, and taco seasoning. Use a wooden spoon to break the meat into small pieces and brown completely.1 pound ground beef½ cup white onion3 tablespoons unsalted butter2 tablespoons taco seasoning
- Drain if desired.
- Add the Rotel and green chiles. Close the lid, make sure the valve is set to "sealing," and set the Instant Pot to high pressure (manual/pressure cook) for 6 minutes.10 ounces diced tomatoes and green chiles7 ounces green chiles
- Allow the Instant Pot to natural release for 10 minutes before opening the valve.
- Pour in the evaporated milk, and stir to combine. Stir in the cheeses a little bit at a time.12 ounces evaporated milk8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese8 ounces Monterey jack cheese
- If the cheese dip is too thin, set the Instant Pot to "saute" and add the cornstarch slurry (cornstarch mixed with water). Use small amounts at a time, and stir to mix. The dip will thicken as the temperature increases. You may not need all of the slurry.4 tablespoons cornstarch2 to 3 tablespoons water
- Add salt if needed.
- Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.