Ready to use in your favourite Mexican style recipe, or to just eat plain, these Instant Pot pinto beans are a game changer, with no soaking and a much quicker cook time.
I’m just in love with my Instant Pot! All right, maybe that’s a little over the top, but every day I find new things to love about cooking with my pressure cooker.
Mostly, I love the speediness. When you can take something like dry, hard beans and have them ready to eat in about an hour, I find that truly kind of amazing, don’t you?
And it’s all pretty much hands-off time, so you can be working on other aspects of your dinner, or just taking a break with a cup of coffee and a good book (my preference, for sure!).
ABOUT THESE INSTANT POT PINTO BEANS
An important thing to remember is that dry beans absorb a lot of water. I use 6 cups of water with 1 pound of pinto beans. The beans don’t absorb all 6 cups of the water. You’ll have lots of nice bean broth, which you can eat with the beans. I like to let the beans sit in the cooking liquid while they cool a bit so they can absorb a little more of that delicious broth.
Season the beans liberally with chopped onion, a bay leaf or two, salt and pepper. Put the lid on securely, select Pressure Cook, set the cooking time for 35 minutes, and let the pinto beans cook. When the cooking time is up, natural release for 10 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure. That’s it! In less than an hour, you have perfectly cooked pinto beans, firm but not crunchy.
I like to use these cooked pinto beans in a variety of recipes. You can make them into refried beans, add them to your favorite chili with ground beef or turkey, make soup or vegetarian stuffed peppers (coming soon!), or use them in a taco salad. I really like this quinoa salad with pinto beans and avocado dressing.
DO YOU NEED TO SOAK THE BEANS BEFORE THEY ARE COOKED IN A PRESSURE COOKER?
As I mention above, you don’t need to presoak the beans. However, according to the recipe booklet that comes with your Instant Pot, if you pre-soak the beans for 4-6 hours in water (4 times the volume of the beans), the cooking time will be reduced to 7-9 minutes.
If you have time to presoak the beans, as you can see, the cooking time is cut drastically. Soak or no soak? Decide which way works best in your schedule.
HOW DO YOU COOK DRIED BEANS IN AN INSTANT POT?
You can cook any type of dried beans in your Instant Pot pressure cooker. Water and beans are all you need, seasoning is optional. Check the cookbook that comes with your Instant Pot for guidelines on how long to cook each type of bean. Easy, easy, easy!
HOW TO MAKE THIS INSTANT POT RECIPE YOUR OWN
Add seasonings, like garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, and/or cayenne.
Spice it up a little with a can of green chiles.
Make them plain. I would definitely add a little salt though.
Add chopped bacon to the Instant Pot and cook it with the beans.
Try different varieties of beans.
INSTANT POT PINTO BEANS
1 pound dry pinto beans (about 2 cups)
6 cups water
1 small yellow onion, diced (about ½ cup)
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Rinse beans and pick out any stones, pebbles, or non-bean materials.
Pressure cook “high” for 35 minutes, natural release for 10 minutes.
Quick release any remaining pressure by turning valve to “vent.”
Remove bay leaf. Beans can be drained, or you can scoop beans out with a slotted spoon.
Serve, garnished with chopped cilantro, if desired.