Instant Pot Dulce de Leche

Dulce de Leche is a deliciously rich and sweet caramel spread that is a common treat throughout Latin America. You can enjoy it with apples, or ice cream, use it to top cheesecakes, or cakes, or eat it straight from the jar!

close up of apple slices on a plate with a small bowl of dulce de leche

When I found out I could make Dulce de Leche in the Instant Pot, I just about jumped for joy! This stuff is awesome! I’ve been eating it all my life. In Honduras, we use it in so many ways but I personally like to eat it straight from the spoon with no regard for politeness!!

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My brother-in-law, who is from Venezuela, is a huge fan of Dulce de Leche and I remember he used to boil the cans of condensed milk on the stove for hours (I mean 3-4 hours!) until the condensed milk turned into Dulce de Leche. I’m guessing he will want to invest in an Instant Pot after he reads this!

One Ingredient Dulce de Leche

It doesn’t get any easier than this folks! Have a can of condensed milk and an Instant Pot? You can make Dulce de Leche!

dipping a apple slice in a small bowl of dulce de leche

Creamy and Delicious Homemade Dulce de Leche

This Dulce de Leche is absolutely perfect. You can eat it with apples, use it to top cheesecakes, or cakes, eat it straight from the spoon, and so many other ways! It also makes a perfect homemade gift for friends and family.

overhead shot of apple slices and dulce de leche served on a plate

Just a few simple steps and you’ll be enjoying some creamy and delicious homemade Dulce de Leche ….. Here we go!

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Making Dulce de Leche in the Instant Pot

Here are the simple steps you need to follow to make your own homemade Dulce de Leche.

What You’ll Need

A few cans of Sweetened Condensed Milk and some mason jars. That’s it!

How to make Dulce de Leche

Prep the Mason Jars

Pour the sweetened condensed milk into the mason jars. I like to use the smaller jars so I can fit several in the pot at a time. I usually fill up two jars from one can of condensed milk.

Instant Pot Dulce de Leche made in mason jars

Make sure and scrape every last bit out of the can. Don’t want to waste this deliciousness. A mini spatula is perfect for scraping cans!

Turning condensed milk into caramel using the Instant Pot

Put the lids on the jars and tighten by hand, just tight enough to close, not too tight.

Making Dulce de Leche in an electric pressure cooker

Place the Mason Jars in the Instant Pot

Place your trivet in the Instant Pot and arrange the jars on top of the trivet.

Dulce de Leche made in the Pressure Cooker

Now you have to fill up the pot with water to just about half an inch below the bottom part of the lids. I can’t tell you exactly how much water that is since it depends on the size of your pot and the size of your jars.

How to make Dulce de Leche in the Instant Pot

Set Your Instant Pot

Set the Instant Pot on Manual High Pressure for 35 minutes. (On newer models the Manual button has been replaced by the Pressure Cook button) Once cooking has completed, you will do an NPR (natural pressure release).

Making Instant Pot caramel dipping sauce

Allow the Jars to Cool

Remove the jars from the Instant Pot and allow them to sit until they are cool to the touch. Resist the urge to touch or open them.

Making Dulce de Leche in a pressure cooker
Making homemade Dulce de Leche in the Instant Pot

Open and Stir the Dulce de Leche

Once the jars have cooled, open each one. This is what they will look like.

Making Dulce de Leche in the Instant Pot

You will need to mix each jar until it reaches a smooth consistency. At first, it will look a little clumpy.

Pressure Cooker Dulce de Leche

After a couple of minutes of stirring, you will have a smooth Dulce de Leche. I have never needed to use anything other than a spoon to get them to be this smooth.

A simple Dulce de Leche recipe

Enjoy Your Instant Pot Dulce de Leche

Once smooth, your Dulce de Leche is now ready to eat. If you don’t eat the whole jar immediately (because who does that, right? Not me, that’s for sure), then you’ll want to put the jars in the refrigerator for storing.

How to Make Instant Pot Dulce de Leche

These make perfect gifts! Wrap a jar up in cellophane paper with a couple of beautiful apples, and it’s an inexpensive but wonderful homemade gift!

dipping an apple slice in dulce de leche

You know you want to go make some right now! Go look for a can of condensed milk. You’ll thank me later!

Instant Pot Dulce de Leche


5 from 4 votes
Cooking Method(s)
  • Pressure Cooking
Pressure LevelHigh
Program SettingManual / Pressure Cook
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
31 minutes
Total Time
Recipe by: Valerie Cooper
This Instant Pot Dulce de Leche is so sweet and creamy. It’s identical to the traditional dulce de leche caramel loved throughout Latin America.
close up of apple slices on a plate with a small bowl of dulce de leche

Essential Equipment

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  • Fill up jars with sweetened condensed milk.
  • Place lids on jars and tighten by hand (not too tight) and then place the jars on the trivet in the Instant Pot.
  • Fill the pot with water up to about a half inch below the bottom of the lids.
  • Close the Instant Pot, set it to Sealing and cook on “Manual / Pressure Cook” for 35 minutes on High Pressure. Once cooking has completed, do a full NPR (natural pressure release).
  • Once the pressure has been fully released, open the pot, remove the jars carefully (they are extremely hot) and let them cool on a cooling rack or cutting board.
  • Once the jars are very cool to the touch, remove the lids (they can sometimes be difficult to remove, so be careful not to cut yourself on the lid).
  • Use a spoon to stir the Dulce de Leche until it is smooth.
  • Once smooth, it is ready to enjoy.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 146mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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8 thoughts on “Instant Pot Dulce de Leche”

  1. Hi Valerie! Just made these and they turned out perfect! I had a couple jars that sealed and was wondering if since they are in “hot water bath” per say, would they be safe to store on a shelf like other canned jars?

    1. Hi Kathy! I wouldn’t store it on the shelf. The IP doesn’t “can” so I would not consider it safe. I’d wait until it cools completely and then try to take the lid off. I’m actually considering changing the recipe to use foil instead of the jar lids. Hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Could I just put the unopened can of condensed milk in the IP and skip the jars? Just wondering! Thanks for sharing this!

    1. Hi Cathy! I prefer to use the jars. If you use the cans, you cannot use the ones with the pull tab. You also have to remove the labels and I just don’t like messing with all the glue on the cans from the labels. In my opinion, it’s just easier and neater in jars. That being said, there are people that make it in the can. Just remember, no pull tabs.

    1. Hi Sandy! I have never bought a can of fat free condensed milk. I’m not 100% sure what your results would be. I think it’s definitely worth a try. You could do just one jar in the pot to see how it comes out. Let me know if you decide to try it!

  3. Hi! I followed your directions exactly. Mine had small lumps despite vigorous stirring. I’m a bit disappointed with it. Also, it’s lighter and less caramel-y than store bought. How can this be tweaked?

    1. Hi Jennifer! To get a darker Dulce you’ll need to do more time, 40 min may work for you. I’ve never had an issue with lumps remaining after a few minutes of mixing with a spoon. You may try a fork instead. What brand condensed milk did you use?

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