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Easy Instant Pot Dulce de Leche Caramel

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Dulce de leche, or sweet milk in Spanish, is the ultimate in rich, sweet dessert topping. Made with sweetened condensed milk, this dulce de leche caramel is easy to make right at home.

jar of sweet dulce de leche with a spoonful on a plate

what is dulce de leche?

Dulce de leche is similar to caramel sauce, but made by boiling sweetened condensed milk. We love to serve it on some of our favorite Mexican desserts, including Churro French Toast.

Boiled sweetened condensed milk, also known as lechera spread, is also available pre-made, but if you don’t have it on hand, making the homemade version just as easy. Follow along as we show you how to make dulce de leche caramel in a can!

condensed milk in a water bath in the instant pot

ingredients

You’ll only need one ingredient for this easy dulce de leche. Ok, two ingredients, if you are counting the water!

For this recipe, you’ll nee a 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk– that’s it!

can of condensed milk

instructions for instant pot dulce de leche in can

If you’ve ever wondered how to make dulce de leche fast, this recipe is for you!

  1. Remove the label from your condensed milk can. Use goo-gone or similar to help, if needed.
  2. Place the trivet in the bottom of your instant pot. Place your can of condensed milk on top of your trivet, preferably laying down so you use less water. 
  3. Fill your instant pot until the water covers the whole can. Close the lid and heat on high for 35 minutes. 
  4. When it is done cooking, release the steam and open your pot. Remove your can with tongs because it will be very,very hot and allow it to cool. Open your can and pour into an airtight container. 
dulce de leche topping on vanilla ice cream with a spoon

expert tips

Follow these instructions for perfect dulce de leche every time.

  • Allow to cool down completely before opening the can
    • helps the texture remain silky
    • darkens the color a bit more
  • Be sure to remove the label from your can, so there’s no mess in your Instant Pot!
spoon next to a glass jar filled with dulce de leche

faq

caramel vs. dulce de leche

What’s the difference between caramel and dulce de leche? Caramel is water and sugar, while dulce de leche literally translates in English to “milk and sugar.”

leftovers

Store leftover dulce de leche in a sealed, air-tight container for up to 3 days or in the fridge for up to a week.

what to serve with dulce de leche

Serve rich dulce de leche with dessert favorites, such as

  • cheesecake
  • ice cream
  • apples
  • cookies
  • waffles
  • coffee
  • pastries
can of dulce de leche

Instant Pot Dulce de Leche

Instant Pot Dulce de Leche is easy to make right at home. All you need is some water and a can of condensed milk. Serve this amazing topping with everything from ice cream to your favorite sweet treats!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 36 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 159kcal
Author: Amber

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 can condensed milk

Instructions

  • Remove the label from your condensed milk can. Use goo-gone or similar to help, if needed.
  • Place the trivet in the bottom of your instant pot. Place your can of condensed milk on top of your trivet, preferably laying down so you use less water. Fill your instant pot until the water covers the whole can.
  • Close the lid and pressure cook at high for 35 minutes. 
  • When it is done cooking, quick release. Remove your can with tongs because it will be very hot and allow it to cool. Open your can and pour into an airtight container. 

Notes

Storage
Keep in an air tight container for up to 5 days. 
 
Serving suggestions
Serve dulce de leche on fresh fruit, cheesecake, ice cream and other sweet treats.

Nutrition

Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 184mg | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 132IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 1mg

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