These Instant Pot Pinto Beans (Vegan, GF) are a flavorful and easy way to use your pantry staple dried beans, no soaking required.
I use my Instant Pot weekly for meal prepping and cooking ahead, but where the Instant Pot really shines are for beans! I can have a delicious pot of beans ready in under an hour, no soaking required (because lets be real, who thinks that far in advance? Not me!).
These No Soak Instant Pot Pinto Beans (Vegan, GF) are:
Spicy (but can be less spicy if desired)
Vegan & Gluten Free
I used to buy canned beans all the time because I loved the convenience of just opening a can and having them pre-cooked for me. The downside was really the sodium content. Canned beans are loaded with salt and sodium as a preservative. You can buy no salt added beans, but I found them to be totally bland and flavorless. By making your own beans from scratch you can add flavors while they cook (hello Adobo spice!).
Whats In These Instant Pot Beans?
Pinto Beans, or any other dried bean of choice
Crushed Pepper Flakes (optional, for heat)
Vegetable Stock or water
We’ve been relying on pantry staples a lot lately… Its week 3 (4?) of our COVID isolation over here. Luckily we had a nice stock of dried beans: kidney beans, chickpeas, black beans, black eyed peas, pintos, split peas, etc. But for some reason, I bought way more pinto beans than any other variety… like way more! They are great for soups, with tacos, or on top of pasta. I added a scoop to my pasta for a little “homemade chili mac” :
How Do I Make These Beans?
1. Set the Instant Pot to saute mode, add Olive oil and onions and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients, and set to Manual/Pressure Cook mode for 45 minutes.
3. Allow the beans to naturally release for 20 minutes or so.
Along with my Instant Pot Black Bean Recipe, these pinto beans are super easy to start in the pressure cooker and walk away from. The Instant Pot does all the work, and you reap the benefits without constantly stirring or watching a pot boil on the stove. This “passive cooking” is my kind of meal prep!
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Instant Pot Pinto Beans (Vegan, Gluten Free, Pantry Staple)