How To Easily Cook Instant Pot Pinto Beans

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

It’s super easy to cook Instant Pot Pinto Beans in only 30 minutes. And I often cook a large bag at one time. You’d be surprised at the many ways to serve them. Come see.

Come see how to easily cook dry pinto beans in an Instant Pot. #TexasHomesteader

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But for now, let’s talk about dry pinto beans, m’kay? 

Do You Need To Pre-Soak Dry Pinto Beans?

Most folks these days say you don’t have to pre-soak your pintos when cooking them 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!

Pinto beans are easy to cook in an Instant Pot pressure cooker. #TexasHomesteader

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! 

6 quart Instant Pot electric pressure cooker.

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, cook time remains the same)
      • 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 Much Liquid For Instant Pot Pinto Beans

Soaked beans won’t require as much broth or water when cooking them as unsoaked beans.

When I’m making Instant Pot beans I add the beans to the inner liner and add water or broth until:

1″ over the level of soaked beans.

2 – 2½” over the level of unsoaked beans.

How To Season Instant Pot Pinto Beans

Now I add our favorite homemade Pinto Bean Seasoning. RancherMan’s declared this seasoning is PERFECT for pinto beans. (awwwww RancherMan – you sweet-talkin’ man you!)

Easy Pinto Bean Seasoning Mix. 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. #TexasHomesteader

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.

How To Cook Instant Pot Pinto Beans

Lock Instant Pot lid with lever on ‘SEALING’.

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. #TexasHomesteader

Cook Time For Instant Pot Pinto Beans:

      • 30 minutes high pressure cook time
      • Natural release10 minutes before releasing the rest of the pressure.
      • After you open the Instant Pot, give a couple of beans a taste. Older beans may still have an undercooked texture to them. If so cook another 5 minutes.

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.

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.

  • BBQ Beans

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.

Turn pinto beans into bbq beans with a simple bbq sauce. 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. #TexasHomesteader

  • Ranch-Style Beans

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.

  • Mexican Beans

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!

Enjoy a bowl of pintos with jalapeno cornbread. 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. #TexasHomesteader

  • 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.

Leftover beans seasoned into homemade hummus. 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. #TexasHomesteader

  • 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?


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