Instant Pot Pinto Beans (No Soak!)

Instant Pot Pinto Beans (No Soak!)

Here’s how to make pinto beans in the Instant Pot!! This Instant Pot Pinto Beans recipe doesn’t require a soak so you can make creamy beans in the Instant Pot in no time! If you enjoy making beans in a pressure cooker, check out our Instant Pot Kidney Beans recipe or  Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice recipe!

This Instant Pot Beans recipe makes making refried beans MUCH easier, although we do love our slow cooker refried beans recipe. We also prefer using homemade beans when making soup recipes as to control the sodium content.

Instant Pot Pinto Beans No Soak

While most bean recipes require a long soak, the Instant Pot makes it a thing of the past. Think creamy, soft pinto beans in under an hour. 

How To Cook Pinto Beans In the Instant Pot

Carve out about 70 minutes to cook pinto beans in the Instant Pot. While that may seem lengthy, it’s actually pretty fast for beans from scratch. Usually beans need to soak overnight to have the best texture. Make pressure cooker pinto beans in just 3 steps:

  • Place 1 pound of pinto beans and 6 cups of Instant Pot Bone Broth (or water). 
  • Cook in the Instant Pot for 50 minutes. 
  • Go with the natural release so that the pinto beans can have the best texture possible! 

Uncooked Instant Pot Pinto Beans in an Instant Pot insert.

How Long Do You Cook Pinto Beans In a Pressure Cooker?

The pinto beans take 45 minutes to cook in an instant pot. Add 10 minutes it takes to come to pressure and then 15 minutes to naturally release. You’re looking at a total of 70 minutes.

Instant Pot Pinto Beans Recipe

This dump and go Instant Pot Beans recipe is a perfect base recipe. You can add any spices you like. We love adding chopped onions, fresh thyme, bay leaves, cajun seasoning and more. Even a dash of BBQ Dry Rub or Jamaican Jerk Seasoning would be great.

Recipe Tips

  • Pre-make beans to help make meal prep easier. Pinto beans are highly versatile so you can add them to many recipes. Cook them in the Instant Pot for shorter prep and cooking time. We use them in many soup recipes, like our Pasta e Fagioli recipe and Olive Garden Minestrone Soup recipe. This way we can control the sodium content.
  • Save money cooking beans in a bag. Cooking beans from scratch helps your wallet! 
  • To make refried beans: Drain the beans but reserve the liquid. Blend with an immersion blender or hand mash. Add reserved liquid 1/4 cup at a time until you reach your desired consistency.

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Instant Pot Pinto Beans

Here's how to make pinto beans in the Instant Pot!! This Instant Pot Pinto Beans recipe doesn’t require a soak so you can make creamy beans in the Instant Pot in no time!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Come To Pressure10 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Instant Pot Bean Recipes, Instant Pot Recipes, Mexican Recipes, Pinto Bean Recipes
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 262kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $3

Ingredients

Basic Instant Pot Pinto Beans:

  • 16 oz Dried Pinto Beans
  • 6 Cups Water

OPTIONAL ADDITIONS:

  • Onion, Bay Leaf, Cumin, Salt, Garlic Powder, Garlic Salt or Tapatio

Instructions

  • Rinse beans and pick out any pebbles. 
  • Add the beans and water to the Instant Pot and stir. (Here is where you'll also add any flavor elements you decide to go with) Secure the lid, making sure the valve is in the sealed position.
  • Set pressure cooker to "pressure cook" or "manual" (depending on model), high pressure, for 50 minutes. Once the timer beeps let naturally release for 15 minutes.
  • Quick release any remaining pressure. Remove the lid.
  • Either drain the beans or remove with a slotted spoon.

EQUIPMENT

Notes

Note 1 - Amp up the flavor by replacing the water with chicken or beef broth. 
Note 2- To make refried beans: Drain the beans but reserve the liquid. Blend with an immersion blender or hand mash. Add reserved liquid 1/4 cup at a time until you reach your desired consistency.

Nutrition

Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 1053mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 4mg

 

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