The Instant Pot, with its time-saving capabilities, is a fantastic tool for cooking pinto beans to perfection. With this method, you can have tender and delicious pinto beans ready in a fraction of the time it would take using traditional stovetop methods.

1. How To Cook Pinto Beans in Instant Pot


  • 2 cups dried pinto beans
  • 6 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • Optional: additional seasonings or herbs of your choice


Rinse and Sort the Pinto Beans

Begin by rinsing the pinto beans under cold water to remove any dirt or impurities. Sort through the beans and discard any damaged or discolored ones.

Sauté Onion and Garlic

Turn on the Instant Pot and select the “Sauté” function. Next, add diced onion and minced garlic to the pot. Then sauté for 2-3 minutes until the onion becomes translucent and fragrant.

Add Pinto Beans and Liquid

Add the rinsed pinto beans to the Instant Pot. Next, pour in 6 cups of water or vegetable broth, ensuring that the beans are fully submerged. Add salt and any desired additional seasonings or herbs to enhance the flavor.

Pressure Cook the Pinto Beans

Close the Instant Pot lid and make sure the pressure release valve is set to the sealing position.

Select the “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” function and set the cooking time to 25 minutes on high pressure.

The Instant Pot will take some time to come to pressure before the cooking time begins.

Natural Pressure Release (NPR)

Once the cooking time is complete, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release pressure for 15-20 minutes. This helps the beans continue cooking and prevents them from becoming mushy.

After the natural pressure release, carefully turn the pressure release valve to the venting position to release any remaining pressure.

Open the Instant Pot and Serve

Once the pressure has fully released, carefully open the Instant Pot lid. Give the cooked pinto beans a gentle stir. Taste the beans and adjust the seasoning if needed.

Serve the cooked pinto beans as a side dish or use them in recipes like burritos, chili, or soups.

With an Instant Pot, cooking pinto beans becomes a hassle-free and time-saving process. The Instant Pot’s pressure cooking function works its magic, infusing the beans with delicious flavors while maintaining their natural texture.

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