Transform dried pinto beans into perfectly tender beans for tacos, rice and beans, and more with this so-easy Pinto Bean Recipe for the Instant Pot.

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Pinto Bean Recipe

We have a regular Mexican night each Tuesday and we go through a lot of beans. And while canned beans are so quick and easy, it’s almost as easy to make a big batch in the Instant Pot to use for multiple meals.

Instant Pot Beans

This is our go-to set-it-and-forget-it pinto bean recipe for cooking dried beans. It’s so easy, only requires a few simple ingredients, and makes enough to stash a second (or third) meal in the freezer for future weeks.

Ingredients in Instant Pot Pinto Beans

To make this pinto bean recipe, you’ll need dried pinto beans, garlic powder, chili powder, and cumin. And some water and an Instant Pot.

how to make pinto beans step by step

How to Make Instant Pot Pinto Beans Step-by-Step

  1. Gather your ingredients. (photo 1)
  2. Add them to the Instant Pot. (photo 2)
  3. Add the water and stir. (photo 3)
  4. Cover, set, and cook. (photo 4)

Can I make Slow Cooker Pinto Beans?

Yes, you can use your slow cooker set on LOW for 7-8 hours for nearly identical results.

cut up vegetarian quesadillas for kids on plateWhat other beans can I try this method with?

You can use this method to cook black beans and garbanzo beans from dried as well. They all work really well.

What should I serve these beans with?

These pinto beans go well in tortillas with shredded cheese and lettuce for simple tacos, over rice for a vegetarian meal of rice and beans, in burritos, or over pasta with shredded cheese and marinara sauce for a sort of taco pasta.

pinto beans in storage container

How to Freeze Pinto Beans

To use some of the beans left from the first meal, or to just meal prep the beans in the first place, I like to let the beans cool and portion them out into 2-cup freezer-safe containers. That’s close to the amount in a can of beans and is a nice amount for a side dish.

Tips for Making the Best Pinto Beans

  • Remove any stones that may be mixed in with the dried beans. (Sometimes that happens!)
  • Season to taste with salt once the beans are cooked.
  • Drain any excess liquid, or mash slightly with the liquid to create soft and moist beans.
  • Let the pressure cooker naturally release the pressure for the best final texture in the beans.
  • The beans can sit on warm as long as you need them to.
  • You can double this recipe to cook 2 pounds of dried beans at once. Just increase the water to 12 cups.
  • To make these in the slow cooker, follow the instructions and cook on LOW for about 8 hours.

I’d love to hear what you think of this recipe if you try it, so please comment below to share!

pinto beans recipe in white bowl

Perfect Pinto Beans Recipe

You can double this recipe to cook 2 pounds of dried beans at once. Just increase the water to 12 cups.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cuisine Mexican
Course side
Calories 159kcal
Servings 10

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried pinto beans
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Add the beans, cumin, garlic powder, and chili powder to the pressure cooker. Add 6 cups water.
  • Cover, seal and set for 60 minutes on HIGH pressure. Allow the steam to naturally release.
  • Uncover and drain slightly if desired.  Season with salt.
  • Serve with tortillas and cheese for tacos, use in burritos, or as rice and beans.
  • Store any cooled beans in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 5 days or the freezer for up to 3 months.

Notes

  • Remove any stones that may be mixed in with the dried beans. (Sometimes that happens!)
  • Season to taste with salt once the beans are cooked.
  • Drain any excess liquid, or mash slightly with the liquid to create soft and moist beans.
  • Let the pressure cooker naturally release the pressure for the best final texture in the beans.
  • The beans can sit on warm as long as you need them to.
  • You can double this recipe to cook 2 pounds of dried beans at once. Just increase the water to 12 cups.
  • To make this in the slow cooker, follow the instructions and cook on LOW for about 8 hours.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup, Calories: 159kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 124mg, Potassium: 639mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 32IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 54mg, Iron: 2mg
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