Instant Pot Ground Meat Nacho Dip

A shallow blue serving dish loaded with Nacho Dip.

Does your family enjoy a good Mexican appetizer that’s filling and hearty? We sure do. Ready in just minutes, Instant Pot Ground Meat Nacho Dip is full of ground beef (use your favorite ground meat), salsa, black beans, cream cheese, and shredded cheddar. To serve, top with your favorite Mexican toppings and tortilla chips.

Instant Pot Ground Meat Nacho Dip Recipe

Blue serving bowl full of creamy and savory Nacho Dip.

Howdy! Chef Alli Here. Let’s Get You Cookin’…. Shall We?? 🙂

My family is Mexican food crazy. I swear they could eat it every night of the week and be happy as larks. I’m not complaining!

Since we raise cattle, we always have a freezer full of ground beef so that’s typically what I use to make this dip.

But, because my sons are hunters, we often have ground venison in the freezer, too. That means I’m always on the look out for flavorful recipes that compliment the flavors of deer meat.

This is one of those recipes! It’s delicious when made with ground venison.

Some of our other favorite Mexican dishes include Chicken and Bacon Black Bean Enchiladas, Crunchy Quesadilla Wraps, and Big Santa Fe Chicken Casserole.

**You can find lots of other Mexican recipes on my blog right here.

What to love about this ground meat recipe

  1. How fast and easy it is!
  2. You can use any type of ground meat that you have on hand – venison, turkey, bison, pork.
  3. You’ll probably already have most of the ingredients on hand.

Ingredients you need to make this recipe

  • Lean ground beef 
  • Spices: kosher salt, chili powder, cumin, granulated onion (or onion powder)
  • Garlic, may substitute granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • Jalapeno, may substitute diced green chilies
  • Beef broth
  • Black beans
  • Salsa
  • Cream cheese
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Your favorite Mexican food toppings, such as sour cream, salsa fresca, chopped scallions, sliced black olives, etc.
Instant Pot Ground Meat Nacho Dip scooped onto a tortilla chip.

What you’ll learn from this recipe

  • How the Instant Pot works as a multi cooker – you can use the saute setting for cooking and browning ingredients as well as the pressure cooker setting to cook foods quickly under pressure
  • What temperature to cook ground beef to so that it’s safe to eat
  • Suggestions for other ground meats to use
  • Why you don’t want to stir or combine ingredients once they are layered into the Instant Pot to cook under pressure


How to make nacho dip in just a few easy steps

**Print the full recipe from the RECIPE CARD at the bottom of this post

Ground beef being cooked and browned in an Instant Pot.

Using the sauté setting on your Instant Pot, add the ground beef, salt, and spices to the pot as soon as it’s nicely preheated.

Crumble the beef, cooking it until no pink remains all throughout the ground beef.

Once the crumbled meat is completely and thoroughly browned, it will have reached a safe internal temperature of 160-165 degrees; drain any excess fats. 

Dip ingredients layered into the Instant Pot, ready to be pressurized and cooked.

Top the ground beef with the garlic and jalapeño, then add the broth. Layer the black beans over the beef, then top the beans with salsa.

Do not stir or combine the ingredients together – leave them layered! 

The dip ingredients after they have cooked under pressure in the Instant Pot.

Lock the Instant Pot lid into place; turn the valve to the “sealed” position. Using the manual setting, set the timer for 5 minutes, bringing the Instant Pot to full pressure.

When the timer sounds, use a natural release for 5 minutes, then a quick release to fully remove any pressure that may remain in the Instant Pot.

Stirring in the cream cheese and shredded cheddar to finish the dip.

Carefully unlock and remove the Instant Pot lid; add the cubes of cream cheese and shredded cheese, gently stirring the dip until well combined and creamy. 

Creamy and ready-to-eat Ground Meat Nacho Dip.

Serve the warm dip at once, topped with your favorite toppings, and tortilla chips.

Common Questions Asked About This Recipe 

Which tools are helpful when making Instant Pot dips?

This recipe uses a 6-quart Instant Pot. Or, if you prefer another brand of electric pressure cooker, I really recommend the Cuisinart 6-quart because it’s so simplistic and easy to use. Keep in mind that all electric pressure cookers, no matter which brand they are, work under the same premise.

Silicone Spatula Spoons – Of all the tools in my kitchen, silicone spatula spoons are what I use the most. They make stirring and sautéing a breeze and I love all the pretty silicone colors available. Silicone spatula spoons are completely heat-proof so they won’t melt, even when used over high temperatures. I like to have different sizes on hand for different kitchen tasks – soooo handy!

Ground meat crumbler/chopper– If you cook a lot of ground meats like we do, you definitely need a meat crumbler to make it fast and easy.

What other ground meats can be used in this dip recipe beside ground beef?

Great question! You can substitute just about ANY ground meat…such as ground venison, ground pork, ground turkey or chicken, or even ground bison. They are all equally delicious in this recipe.

Why does this recipe specify NOT TO STIR the ingredients before pressurizing the Instant Pot?

The liquid in the pot (which in this recipe is the broth) needs to be able to easily circulate inside the Instant Pot so it can create the steam needed to make the pot pressurize. If you stir the ingredients together, that liquid (the broth) is no longer available to circulate freely and do it’s job.

Warm and creamy Instant Pot Ground Meat Nacho Dip.

More favorite meat recipes to enjoy –

Printable Instant Pot Ground Beef Nacho Recipe

A shallow blue serving dish loaded with Nacho Dip.

Instant Pot Ground Meat Nacho Dip

Does your family enjoy a good Mexican appetizer that's filling and hearty? We sure do. Ready in just minutes, Instant Pot Ground Meat Nacho Dip is full of ground beef (use your favorite ground meat), salsa, black beans, cream cheese, and shredded cheddar. To serve, top with your favorite Mexican toppings and tortilla chips.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef, or any ground meat you prefer
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. granulated onion, or onion powder
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed, may substitute 1 tsp. granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds and membranes removed, minced, may substitute diced green chilies, if preferred
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz. jar of your favorite salsa
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature, cubed
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • Your favorite Mexican toppings, such as salsa, chopped scallions, sliced black olives, sour cream, shredded cheese

Instructions

  • Using the sauté setting on your Instant Pot, add the ground beef, salt, and spices to the pot as soon as it’s nicely preheated. Crumble the beef, cooking it fully until no pink remains; drain any excess fats.
  • Top the ground beef with the garlic and jalapeño, then add the broth. Layer the black beans over the beef, then top the beans with salsa. **Do not stir or combine the ingredients together – leave them layered! 
  • Lock the Instant Pot lid into place; turn the valve to the "sealed" position. Using the manual button, choose High Pressure, setting the timer for 5 minutes time, bringing the Instant Pot to full pressure.
  • When the timer sounds, use a natural release for 5 minutes, then a quick release if any pressure remains in the Instant Pot.
  • Unlock and remove the lid; add the cream cheese cubes and shredded cheese, gently stirring the dip until well combined and creamy.

Notes

**Please Note:  Cooking time stated does not include the amount of time it takes to bring the Instant Pot to full pressure since this can vary based on the temperature of your ingredients, size of Instant Pot, and quantity of food inside the Instant Pot. 
**Be sure to check the blog post for tips and tricks, specific instructions, recommended tools, and FAQ’s for making this recipe.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: easy, ground beef, ground meat, hot dip, instant pot

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