Easy Instant Pot Pinto Beans

This Instant Pot Pinto Beans recipe will quite possibly be the best Mexican pinto beans you’ve ever had. It’s super easy to make in your Instant Pot and it tastes so very good!

Instant Pot Pinto Beans

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What Makes Instant Pot Pinto Beans You New Favorite Bean Dish

Prepare to have your mind absolutely blown over the tastes of these Instant Pot Pinto Beans. I don’t know exactly what to call this pinto beans recipe because they don’t taste like traditional beans in most Mexican restaurants—but can I just say, I think they taste BETTER?

But they are most definitely Mexican-inspired beans, so here’s a delicious Mexican pinto beans dish in a red sauce that you’re sure to fall in love with.

Note that this is more like a bean side dish, the consistency of baked beans, and not necessarily a bean soup. If you want to make bean soup from your dry pinto beans, you will need to add more water than this recipe calls for.

You can use this black bean soup recipe as a guide for how to do that.

This Instant Pot Pinto Beans recipe is so very flavorful. From the delicious pinto beans and smoked sausage to the and Mexican red chili powder and tomatoes, every single bite of this Mexican beans recipe is bursting with unbelievably tasty goodness.

These Instant Pot Pinto Beans make the perfect side dish for a Mexican dinner or just serve them over a bed of rice to make it a complete meal. And if you’d like to make this recipe vegetarian or vegan-friendly, simply omit the smoked sausage and queso for a filling and veggie dish that’s protein-rich.

Not only is this Pressure Cooker Pinto Beans dish delicious, but it’s crazy easy to make as well. It’s one of those simple pour and cook recipes that you’ll find yourself coming back to again and again.

Just throw all the ingredients in the Instant Pot and let the pressure cooker do all the work for you. While I listed an instant pot pressure cooker in this post, you can use any type of electric pressure cooker to make this pinto bean soup or side dish.

Can You Cook Dried Beans In The Instant Pot?

You most certainly can cook dried pinto beans in the Instant Pot. But although you can cook them from dry, I highly recommend soaking them overnight.

By soaking dry pinto beans, you will get a more consistently cooked bean, and this is true not just in case of a pinto bean, but really any other dry beans you want to make.

I wrote a long post on cooking beans in the pressure cooker that you might find interesting.

Do I need to soak beans before cooking them in a pressure cooker?

Okay, so here’s the deal. You don’t NEED to soak the dry beans before cooking them in the Pressure Cooker. However, there are a few reasons why you may WANT to soak them first.

  • Faster Cook Time. First of all, soaking the dried beans makes them cook easier and more efficiently.
    • Soaked beans take about 10 minutes less of cooking time.
  • Easier to Digest. Secondly, and more importantly, in my opinion, is that soaking the dried beans makes them easier to digest. Easier digestion means less…um…embarrassing bean after-effects if you catch my drift.

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans

Can you make pinto beans in your slow cooker?

Absolutely. Actually, this is how many of my friends grew up making a pinto bean recipe. To make these in the slow cooker use the following instructions:

  • Place dried beans, bacon, onion, tomatoes, water (or broth) and garlic into the Crock Pot and close the lid.
  • Slow cook on high heat for 4-5 hours or adjust cooking time for low heat to 5-6 hours.
  • Stir in jalapeno and cilantro and serve. Top each serving with crumbled queso or bacon if using, and serve.

Read this post to learn how to make perfect beans in the instant pot.

How To Make Instant Pot Pinto Beans

  • Add ingredients. Place all ingredients (don’t skimp on the onion and garlic) into the Instant Pot pressure cooker. No need to saute the sausages. Close the lid.
  • Cook. Press PRESSURE COOK and cook on HIGH PRESSURE for 30 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes and then release all remaining pressure.
  • Stir and serve. Stir in jalapeno and cilantro and serve. If you prefer bacon, add cooked bacon to this step to ensure doneness. Top each serving with crumbled queso if using, and serve.

Tips And Tricks For Perfect Pinto Beans

  • Serve with rice after cooking Instant Pot beans for a complete meal.
  • Do NOT substitute cayenne for the Mexican Red Chili Powder. They are very much different and it won’t turn out anything like it should.
  • Vegetarian Pinto Beans. Omit the chorizo and the queso fresco to make this recipe both vegetarian and vegan-friendly.
  • Variations. For additional flavor in this bean recipe, add things such as diced tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, jalapeno, garlic, bacon, taco seasoning, bay leaf, or chopped cilantro.
  • Thick bean soup. For thicker Mexican pinto beans, remove 2/3 of the beans and use an immersion blender on the remaining 1/3. Then stir in the remaining unblended beans to the pot. Don’t blend them all unless you want pinto bean soup.
  • Use chicken broth or vegetable broth instead of water to add even more flavor to your Instant Pot recipe.
  • If you’re short on time, you can use cooked pinto beans or canned beans for this, but you will need to adjust the cooking time on your pressure cooker to 10 minutes with a 5-minute natural release.
  • Throw in a ham hock while cooking to kick the flavor up a notch or two.
  • Make refried beans. You can easily modify this recipe to be similar to my Instant Pot Refried Beans recipe.
  • If you don’t have garlic cloves on hand, you can always sub garlic powder in a pinch.

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Make yourself some of these delicious Instant Pot Pinto Beans for dinner and you won’t be disappointed. Make sure to share this recipe with your friends on Pinterest and Facebook so they can enjoy it as well!

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Instant Pot Pinto Beans

This Instant Pot Pinto Beans recipe will quite possibly be the best Mexican-style beans you’ve ever had. It’s super easy to make in your Instant Pot and it tastes so very good!

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Natural Pressure Release: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Course: Main Courses, Side Dish

Cuisine: Mexican

Keyword: Instant Pot Pinto Beans, Mexican Pinto Beans, Pressure Cooker Pinto Beans

Servings: 4

Calories: 375kcal

Author: Urvashi Pitre

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Ingredients

For Garnishing

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into the Instant Pot. Close the lid.
  • Press PRESSURE COOK and cook on HIGH PRESSURE for 30 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes and then release all remaining pressure.

  • Stir in jalapenos and cilantro and serve. Top each serving with crumbled queso if using, and serve.

TIPS & TRICKS FOR DELICIOUS PRESSURE COOKER PINTO BEANS

  • Serve with rice after cooking Instant Pot beans for a complete meal.
  • Do NOT substitute cayenne for the Mexican Red Chili Powder. They are very much different and it won’t turn out anything like it should.
  • Vegetarian Pinto Beans. Omit the chorizo and the queso fresco to make this recipe both vegetarian and vegan-friendly.
  • Variations. For additional flavor in this bean recipe, add things such as diced tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, jalapeno, garlic, bacon, taco seasoning, bay leaf, or chopped cilantro.
  • Thick bean soup. For thicker Mexican pinto beans, remove 2/3 of the beans and use an immersion blender on the remaining 1/3. Then stir in the remaining unblended beans to the pot. Don’t blend them all unless you want pinto bean soup.
  • Use chicken broth or vegetable broth instead of water to add even more flavor to your Instant Pot recipe.
  • If you’re short on time, you can use cooked pinto beans or canned beans for this, but you will need to adjust the cooking time on your pressure cooker to 10 minutes with a 5-minute natural release.
  • Throw in a ham hock while cooking to kick the flavor up a notch or two.
  • Make refried beans. You can easily modify this recipe to be similar to my Instant Pot Refried Beans recipe.
  • If you don’t have garlic cloves on hand, you can always sub garlic powder in a pinch.

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Nutrition

Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 16g | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 7g

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Originally Published February 28, 2020

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