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Batch of cooked Pinto Beans in a bowl

Instant Pot Pinto Beans

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  • Author: Toni Okamoto
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour + pressure release
  • Total Time: 1 hour and 5 minutes+
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


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!




  • 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


  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 

Keywords: vegan, vegetarian, instant pot, preassure cooker, pinto beans, instant pot beans, mexican, refried beans