Instant Pot Pinto Beans

BY : PUBLISHED : May 3rd, 2021 UPDATED: October 19th, 2021

We are super excited to bring you a very simple recipe for you to break your newly purchased (or maybe newly dusted off) Instant Pot. If you’ve been fairly intimidated by your pressure cooker since you got it, then this Instant Pot Pinto Beans recipe will help you feel more confident and start enjoying all the amazing features this kitchen appliance has to offer. Ready to dive right in?

No More Long Cooking Hours

Remember the days when you had to cook beans on the stove for hours? I don’t know about you, but any recipe that translates to having to watch something on the stove for hours and having to check every 15 minutes is something I completely avoid. Life is busy and there’s hardly any time to spare, so the quicker we can prepare a healthy and nutritious meal for our family the better.

This Instant Pot Pinto Beans recipe only takes about 1 hour to cook and almost no effort or advanced cooking skills are required. Once you try this and see how easy it is, you might be hooked for life. It will be a total game-changer when it comes to batch cooking for the days ahead. You can store them in the fridge and use them for different meals throughout the week. Burritos, veggie bowls, or our favorite bean salad, you’ll be one step ahead of the game.

Can I Freeze Cooked Pinto Beans?

So you’ve mastered how to cook pinto beans on your Instant Pot (or stovetop if you’re old school!) and you would love to spread your efforts into the future so you wonder whether you could freeze the newly cooked beans to eat later (whenever the cooking inspiration is running low). We are very happy to report that you can indeed freeze them, amazing, right?

But, how? Let them cool down, measure them into the desired portions, and then place them in freezer-friendly bags (like these silicone ones!). We recommend writing the date they were cooked and the portion on the outside to make it easier to use them later.

There you have it, perfectly cooked pinto beans in your Instant Pot!

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Instant Pot Pinto Beans

Toni Okamoto
This is the perfect starter recipe if you have never used your Instant Pot or pressure cooker! Make a weekly batch and enjoy the lot of dishes you can create!
4.86 from 14 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6 to 8 servings
Calories 342 kcal



  • 3 cups of dry pinto beans
  • 8 cups of water
  • ½ teaspoon of salt

Optional additions:

  • 1 jalapeno minced or red pepper flakes (if you like spicy)
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ yellow onion diced
  • ¼ teaspoon of cumin
  • More salt to taste


  • In a 6-quart pressure cooker, add the beans, water, salt, and any optional additions that you’re using. Set it to high pressure and cook for 25 minutes. 
  • After 25 minutes, release the pressure, remove the lid, and use the “saute” function to cook for another 25 to 35 minutes, or until the beans reach your desired softness. Stir occasionally. 


When cooking beans in the Instant Pot, there's no need to soak beforehand.


Calories: 342kcalCarbohydrates: 62gProtein: 21gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 222mgPotassium: 1373mgFiber: 15gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 27IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 125mgIron: 5mg
Keyword instant pot, instant pot beans, mexican, pinto beans, preassure cooker, refried beans, vegan, vegetarian
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About Toni Okamoto

"They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy.
My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy,
'Cause true wealth comes from good health and wise ways...
we got to start taking better care of ourselves " - Dead Prez

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