The easiest way to make perfectly cooked pinto beans is in your Instant Pot! Instant Pot pinto beans are flavorful enough to eat alone, or add them to favorite recipes.
Instant Pot pinto beans are so easy, so flavorful and so delicious that I feel a little bit ridiculous for not making them sooner.
Cooking pinto beans in your pressure cooker is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
- Combine pinto beans and water in the Instant Pot
- Add more flavor with salt, onion and garlic
- Cook for 35 minutes (or slightly longer) at high pressure
That's it! For just a little bit of effort you're rewarded with a pot of flavorful beans that can be turned into all sorts of family friendly dinners.
Beans for Dinner!
There are so many easy and delicious ways to turn pinto beans into dinner.
What Are Pinto Beans Good For?
Beans are an affordable, filling ingredient that can be part of a main course or served alone as a side dish.
Pinto beans are a good source of protein and fiber. They're a familiar ingredient in dishes like burritos, quesadillas and enchiladas. Refried beans are made from pinto beans. Pinto beans are also added to soup and chili.
Do You Have to Soak Pinto Beans?
No. Soaking is optional. It does speed up the cooking time, however, so if that appeals to you go ahead and pre-soak your beans. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time.
Usually, soaked beans cook in about half the amount of time as un-soaked beans.
To soak beans, cover with water and soak for 6 to 12 hours before cooking. Adding salt can help the beans cook even faster after soaking. Add 1 tablespoon salt to the soaking water for every pound of beans. Drain and rinse the beans before cooking.
What is the Ratio of Beans to Water?
In the Instant Pot, the ratio of beans to water that I use most often is 4:1 (water to beans). This works out to be 4 cups water for every 8 ounces (1 cup) of beans.
This allows for plenty of liquid, which turns into a flavorful broth as the beans cook.
You can use a little bit less water if you like. The amount of water doesn't have to be exact. A good rule of thumb is to make sure there is about 2 inches of water above the dried beans.
Can I Freeze Cooked Beans?
Sure! Go ahead and make a big batch of beans and freeze some for later. Freeze the beans in a Ziploc bag, removing as much air as possible. You can drain the beans or freeze them in the bean broth they cooked in.
Freeze smaller portions to replace the use of canned beans. About 1 ½ cups cooked beans equals a 15-oz can of beans
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