Pinto Beans

By August 8, 2014

Submitted by Clarence M.


  • 1 lb package of Pinto Beans
  • 3 Slices of bacon
  • 1 pkg of Lipton onion soup mix
  • 1 medium onion
  • 6 cloves of garlic (or more if desired)
  • a couple of tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 2 Jalapeno Chile Peppers


  • cut bacon into pieces
  • dice onions
  • chop garlic
  • soak beans for a couple of hours (Optional) Dice Jalapenos 1 with seeds, one without
  • turn Instant Pot to saute
  • add Olive Oil
  • Saute Bacon until done
  • add onions and garlic and cook until transparent, add pkg of Lipton Soup Mix, add 1 cup of water and remaining ingredients, mix everything while in Saute setting for 5 minutes until soup mix is dissolved.
  • add the beans and 4 cups of water.
  • set the Instant Pot on the Bean/Chili setting and close lid use the natural steam release when default time is done.
  • Enjoy!



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16 Responses to “Pinto Beans”

  1. Nancy says:

    I made these today and they were awesome. Thank you so much for this recipe.


  2. This was my first time cooking dry beans in my instant pot. I had to cook mine for an additional 30 minutes before they were done. Any suggestions on what might have happened that mine weren’t done in 30 minutes.


    David Reply:

    I had the same problem. Did my first try at dry beans. Had to cook them an additional 20 minutes, yet still not quite done.


    Meryl Bell Reply:

    Age of the beans affects cooking time. If your dry beans have been sitting for a while in your kitchen or the grocery store, they will take longer to cook.


    LT Reply:

    Presoak the beans by covering with water and bringing to a boil on the stove. Remove from heat, cover and let stand at least one hour. I let mine soak for 90 min. Drain, rinse then continue with the directions.


    Clarence Martin Reply:

    Dry beans are hard to cook thoroughly in a single cook cycle. Like I mentioned before, I double cook mine.
    I did some red beans last night and I cooked mine on the first pass for 40 minutes on the higher pressure setting. I then Mash mine (red Beans) and the put the unit on slow cook for the finish (a couple of hours). They come out smooth and creamy.I then cleaned the pot and cooked the rice.


  3. C P Martin says:

    BTW, the Instant Pot makes great Red Beans and rice also.
    This is one of the family’s favorites. I use the same recipe but I DO NOT use the Onion Soup mix. I also add fresh parsley and Bay Leaves.
    I actually double cook the Red Beans. After the first cycle, I mash the Red Beans and then do another bean cycle. We like our Red Beans to be creamy.I usually cook the rice first and then set the rice aside before cooking the Red Beans.


  4. Christian says:

    If you do pre-soak beans, how long do they cook with bean/chili setting?


    Anna Reply:

    Hi Christian,

    As there are different types of beans, I¹ve attached a link to our chart for your reference.

    Please let us know if you require any additional information.




  5. Teresa says:

    Just cooked my first beans in the IP. I made a southern version. I sautéed one slice of cut of Clifty Farm ham. Added pintos that soaked for three hours. Put on bean setting and they turned out perfect! Plenty of ham and beans with cornbread. Made for a quick easy meal.


  6. Deanna marsh says:

    Hello I am using my pot today to try pinto beans, I do not see how much water to bean ratio to use. Also do I press the float valve down prior to turning on? I could not find in the manual if I was supposed to do this or not.


    CP Martin Reply:

    1 Cup of water for 1 lb. of beans.
    Leave the float valve in the pressure side, After the cooking cycle let the pressure cooker vent naturally, don not open the vent.


    Brad Reply:

    The recipe above calls for 4 cups water to 1 lb beans, Where did you come up with 1 cup? That doesn’t seem like enough water…


    C P Martin Reply:

    Please note. The 1 cup of water is for the initial mixing of the soup mix while in Saute mode.
    You then add 4 cups of water to cook under pressure. See the recipe above.

  7. Bennie says:

    Excellent! Best beans I ever made! Th ka you for sharing.


  8. Yolande says:

    will do it to morrow will add tomatoes to it and divide by 2 I don t want to freeze it


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