by Texas Homesteader ~
It’s super easy to cook Instant Pot Pinto Beans. And I often cook a whole bag. You’d be surprised at the many ways to serve them. Come see.
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Ease In Using Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
I bought an Instant Pot last year and I absolutely love it. The first thing I ever made with it was Bone Broth. When I saw how quick & easy it was, I was HOOKED!
So to say I’m enamored with my IP is an understatement. It gets pulled out several times each week. A huge time-saver for me is cooking a whole bag of pinto beans.
Favorite Instant Pot Recipes
Since getting my Instant Pot I find I’m using it more & more. I’ve learned to make my Homemade IP Yogurt – even easier than it was using the Stovetop Method.
And I’ve even learned to make Cheesecake in my Instant Pot!
There’s a whole list at the bottom of this post of our favorite Instant Pot recipes. Be sure to check them out. But for now, let’s talk about dry pinto beans, m’kay?
To Pre-Soak or NOT To Pre-Soak Dry Pinto Beans?
Now most folks say you don’t have to pre-soak your pintos when cooking in a pressure cooker. But I find they always cook better if I do.
So I’ll sort the beans that morning, rinse them and then cover them with water, allowing them to soak all day. That way when I go to make my beans for supper it’s super easy and lightening fast!
Cooking Instant Pot Pinto Beans
When it’s time to start supper I’ll take those beans that have been soaking for several hours and strain out the water. Then I bring out my Instant Pot.
NOTE: I bought a 6-quart *Instant Pot Duo and I absolutely love it! If you’re on the fence with buying one wondering if it really lives up to the hype – believe me, IT DOES!
Here’s How I Cook Instant Pot Pinto Beans:
- 2 lbs dry pinto beans (you can cut ingredients in half if you’re only cooking 1 lb of dry pinto beans)
- 2 quarts of Homemade Broth (for soaked beans, more if unsoaked)
- Seasoning to taste (I use 3 Tablespoons of my homemade Pinto Bean Seasoning per lb of dry beans)
- Salt to taste (I add 1 teaspoon salt per lb of dry beans)
- Cook on High Pressure for 30 minutes plus 10 minute natural release time.
Sometimes I’ll use the sauté feature to cook chopped onions/peppers in a tablespoon or so of Bacon Grease before adding the soaked beans. Sometimes not. It just depends on how much time I have and whether or not I have onions/peppers available.
How To Cook Instant Pot Pinto Beans
After a quick rinse for those soaked beans I place them back into my IP inner liner. I top them with water or broth until the water level is about an inch or so over the level of soaked beans.
Since they’ve already been soaked they won’t draw up quite as much cooking liquid as unsoaked beans would. So I really only need about an inch of liquid over the level of beans. If you’re cooking unsoaked beans you’ll want at least 2″ water or broth over the dry beans)
Now I add RancherMan’s favorite Pinto Bean Seasoning. He’s declared this seasoning is PERFECT for pinto beans. (awwwww RancherMan – you sweet-talkin’ man you!)
It only takes 3 Tablespoons of my homemade pinto bean seasoning per pound of dry beans. So I sprinkle in my seasoning and give everything a quick stir.
Then I place the IP lid on top and lock it on. I make sure the lever is on ‘SEALING’
I also make sure the setting is on high pressure and hit the +/- to get to 30 minutes cook time. Then I turn my attention to preparing the rest of our supper while the beans cook without further input from me.
Gotta love it, no??
After the cook time is up I allow a natural release for 10 minutes before releasing the rest of the pressure.
Wow – that was QUICK! Now our beans are ready for us to enjoy.
Can You Cook Older Dry Beans?
It’s true that the older those dry beans are, the longer they’ll take to cook. And you really have no idea how long that bag of beans has been sitting in a warehouse or on the store shelf.
Or heck, sometimes they get pushed to the back of the pantry and linger there on your own shelves for a while.
After you open the Instant Pot, give a couple of beans a taste. If they still have an undercooked texture to them, cook them another 5 minutes longer.
I will say that I’ve cooked dry beans before that seemed to never get soft enough for my liking even after adding plenty of extra cooking time. Those beans must have been really old!
Different Ways To Eat Pinto Beans
I always cook a whole bag of beans at one time – even a whopping 2-lb bag! The reason is because for the next few days I can Serve Pinto Beans In Different Ways. They’re already cooked so serving them is super quick.
So for instance the next day I might take some of the cooked beans, whip up some quick BBQ Sauce & turn them into BBQ beans to go with our grilled-chicken supper plans.
The following day I might take more of the cooked beans and add different seasonings to flavor them into Ranch Style Beans & serve them as a side to go with Homemade Meatloaf.
Or I can use some of my Taco Seasoning to stir into some cooked beans and serve them with a Tex-Mex meal of Pulled-Pork Enchiladas or Carnitas Tacos.
Bowl Of Pinto Beans
And of course it’s a quick meal to enjoy a bowl of the pintos just as they are with some homemade Jalapeno Cornbread too. So many serving options with that cheap bag of lowly pintos!
Leftover Bean Hummus
When we’ve enjoyed those Instant Pot pinto beans in all those different ways I often make up several batches of Leftover-Bean Hummus. We’ll spread that homemade hummus on Mix-n-Pour Tortillas for a quick meal or snack.
This to me is the ultimate convenience food meal! And folks, there’s never leftover hummus. RancherMan loves it that much.
Beans In The Freezer
Finally, if there are any cooked beans leftover after this time I’ll just package them up & freeze them for another time. They’ll be as close as my freezer when we need a healthy bean side dish.
Now you’ve got to admit that’s a whole lot of mileage for a lowly 2-lb bag of beans, y’all! And since I can serve them in so many different ways, our palates never get bored. They’re cheap, delicious & healthy.
How is your favorite way to enjoy pinto beans?
Other Instant Pot Recipes:
- Instant Pot Bone Broth Is Push-Button Easy!
- IP Pot Roast And Gravy – Comfort Food FAST
- Pepperoncini Pot Roast – Only 3 Ingredients
- Homemade Yogurt: Instant Pot Method
- Cheesecake Can Be Made In An Instant Pot
- Homemade Tamales – Faster In An Instant Pot
- Instant Pot Boiled Eggs WITHOUT The Shell!
- Cooking Dry Pinto Beans in An Instant Pot
- Black-eyed Peas w/Spicy Rotel in And Instant Pot
- Instant Pot Goulash – Comfort Food FAST!
- One-Pot Meal – Spaghetti & Meat Sauce
- Foolproof Instant Pot White Rice
See ALL Our Instant Pot Posts!
Other Side Dishes We Love
- Rosemary Rice
- Buttered Rice w/Fresh Sage & Garlic
- Cilantro-Lime Rice
- Texas-Style Spanish Rice
- Favorite Ways To Flavor Plain Rice
- Ranch-Style Beans
- RancherMan’s Green-Bean Casserole
- Roasted Vegetables
- Fresh Pico de Gallo
- Fried Okra Fritters
- Homemade Cottage Cheese
- Deviled Eggs With a KICK!
- Tri-Colored Homemade Pasta
- Pasta Salad FAST
- Cooking Dry Pinto Beans in An Instant Pot
- Fun Flavor Variations For Plain Pinto Beans
…and MANY MORE!
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