Instant Pot Italian-Style Sausage-Queso Dip

Tired of the same old queso? Change things up next game day by making this one. I came up with this after craving Italian nachos from a restaurant chain I used to frequent while living in a different city. You can also make this recipe on a stove, but you need longer cook times.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 pound hot Italian sausage (such as Johnsonville®)

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 (3.8 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained

  • ¼ cup mild pickled banana peppers, diced

  • 12 ounces whole milk, or more as needed

  • 4 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and select Saute function. Crumble sausage into the pot and cook for 3 minutes. Add onion and cook until sausage is browned and onion is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, olives, and banana peppers. Stir to combine. Pour in milk and cook, stirring often, until heated through but without boiling, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add Monterey Jack cheese and whisk continually until completely melted and smooth, about 5 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Add more milk if you like your queso thinner.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

393 Calories
30g Fat
6g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 393
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 15g 77%
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 949mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 6mg 29%
Calcium 511mg 39%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 311mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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