Creamy Queso Chili


This mashup of the classic cheesy dip chile con queso with the beans and vegetables of a chili is the best of both worlds.

Creamy Queso Chili
Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 large bell pepper, chopped

  • ½ large onion, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 15-ounce can no-salt-added pinto beans, rinsed

  • 1 15-ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes with green chiles

  • 1 cup low-sodium no-chicken or vegetable broth

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup shredded Mexican-style cheese blend

  • 2 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, cubed

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice, plus wedges for serving

  • Tortilla chips & chopped fresh cilantro for garnish


  1. Heat oil in an electric pressure cooker set to Sauté mode. Add bell pepper, onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add chili powder and cumin; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in beans, tomatoes, broth and salt. Close and lock the lid. Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. Carefully release the pressure manually.

  2. Mix shredded cheese and cream cheese into the chili, stirring until melted and smooth. Stir in lime juice. Top with tortilla chips and cilantro and serve with lime wedges, if desired.


To make ahead: Prepare through Step 1; refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat before continuing.

Equipment: Electric pressure cooker

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

304 Calories
15g Fat
26g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 304
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 15g 30%
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 601mg 26%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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