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Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Pinto Beans

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These Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Pinto Beans are a delicious bean recipe with Mexican flavors. They are no soak, full of flavor, and meatless.

instant pot pinto beans in a large bowl with cilantro on top

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Ever been in a situation when your spouse walks up to you and says “I need you to cook lunch for my crew and cast members?” ok, maybe not. But this happened to me. You see, my husband is a struggling film director/writer who is currently working on a tv series. During filming, he wanted me to feed everyone on set.

I’m not a caterer, so I was initially stumped. But then it clicked, a taco lunch would be perfect.

The lunch turned out perfect! We had chicken tacos, these pork carnitas, mexican rice, 7 layer dip, these pinto beans, and tres leches cake for dessert.

I’m so excited to share this pinto bean recipe with you because it’s so flavorful and so easy to make. You don’t even have to worry about soaking the beans thanks to the pressure cooker.

instant pot pinto beans on a spoon

How to make Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Pinto Beans?

Making these beans is pretty easy. As I stated earlier, I don’t soak these beans. There is no need to plus…I ain’t got time for all that.

First, set your Pressure Cooker to sauté on high. For the Instant Pot, that’s the “More” setting. Once the display says “Hot,” add your oil. Then add your onion and garlic and stir. Cook until the onion has softened, around 3 minutes.

onions in the instant pot

Then add your chopped chipotle pepper in Adobo sauce. These peppers can be found in your local grocery store and add a nice kick to these beans. If you’re not a fan of spice, add just one pepper or eliminate them all together.

2 chipotles in adobo on cutting board

Next, add your garlic powder, salt, minced garlic, cumin, chili powder and stir for about 20 seconds. You should smell the spices cooking at this time. I call this step “roasting” the spices. I find it helps flavor the beans. 

onions in the instant pot with spices

Next, add your vegetable broth and water and use a wooden spoon to deglaze your Instant Pot by making sure there are no bits of food stuck to the bottom of your Instant Pot. Add your beans and stir. Then add your diced tomatoes.

inside in the instant pot before cooking the pinto beans

Press “Cancel” on your Instant Pot. Cover your Instant Pot, making sure your valve is set to “Seal.” Press “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” and select “High” Pressure for 45 minutes.

Once your timer is up, allow your pressure cooker to natural release for about 15-25 minutes. Then you may quick release the remaining pressure by moving the valve from “Seal” to “Vent.”

Open the lid and stir in your vinegar…yes, vinegar. I found that vinegar brings out the flavor of these beans even more.

And there you have it! Delicious, flavorful, easy Instant Pot Pinto Beans. Done without soaking.

I hope you enjoy this recipe 🙂

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Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Pinto Beans

These Pressure Cooker Pinto Beans are quick and easy when made in your Instant Pot. Delicious Mexican flavors come through in this no soak pressure cooker bean recipe.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword instant pot pinto beans
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 people
Calories 249kcal
Author Tanya


  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 16 oz dried pinto beans washed and picked over
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 chopped Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce + 1tsp sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 15oz can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 Tbsp white distilled vinegar


  • Set your Pressure Cooker to sauté on high. Once the display says Hot, add vegetable oil.
  • Add onion and garlic and cook for about 3 minutes, until onions have softened. Then add chipotle peppers, chili powder, cumin, salt, and garlic powder. Stir for about 20 seconds.
  • Add vegetable broth and water. Use a wooden spoon to stir and deglaze the pot by removing any stuck pieces of food from the bottom. Add beans and stir. Pour in diced tomatoes.
  • Press “Cancel” on your pressure cooker. Cover the pressure cooker and cook on High Pressure for 45 minutes.
  • Once timer is complete, allow pressure to naturally release for 15-25 minutes. Naturally release any remaining pressure.
  • Open Instant Pot and add vinegar to pot and stir. Enjoy 🙂



Older beans will need a longer cook time. If you follow the recipe and your beans aren’t tender, close the pressure cooker and cook for an additional 10-20 minutes on high pressure, and then slowly quick release the remaining pressure once the timer is up.

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Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1078mg | Potassium: 849mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 555IU | Vitamin C: 4.9mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 3.6mg
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Monday 24th of August 2020

I love this recipe! I've made it probably a dozen times and it's always simple and delicious. My one comment is that there's a lot of liquid, so you could cut down the water or add more beans


Tuesday 25th of August 2020

Thanks so much Ellie :)


Tuesday 7th of July 2020

Hands down best pinto bean recipe I ever made. Whole family loved.


Tuesday 7th of July 2020

Thank you Holly :) So glad you liked the recipe, we love it too.


Saturday 13th of June 2020

Beans are still crunchy. Not long enough.


Sunday 14th of June 2020

Hi Lee, it may be that your beans are older as they will take longer to cook, regardless of the method. I've updated the recipe card with further instructions on what to do if the beans are still crunchy after 45 minutes. Even when I make it, sometimes the beans are super tender at 45 minutes and others I'll need to add a few more minutes, just depends on the beans.


Friday 9th of August 2019

This looks yummy! Would I be able to make this in the Instant pot duo mini?

Rosa latimer

Thursday 28th of February 2019

I will try this pinto beans recipe . Sounds simple and delicious