These instant pot chili beans are the perfect spicy homemade beans for your next burrito bowl, taco platter, or beans and rice – vegetarian and gluten free. These bold and flavorful beans have a good amount of spice that take these legumes to the next level. These beans make a great side dish or you can add them to tacos or burrito bowls.
These No Soak Instant Pot Chili Beans are:
- Spicy (but can be less spicy if desired)
- High Protein
- Vegan & Gluten Free
- Made without soaking
Meal Prep Recipes For the Win!
This pressure cooker chili beans recipe is the perfect candidate for healthy homemade meal prep. I am a huge fan of meal prepping, batch cooking, and making recipes ahead. I love the convenience of cooking once and being able to enjoy healthy homemade meals during the week when I don’t have time. There’s a whole section of TheHerbeevore.com dedicated to my favorite tried & true meal prep recipes. With just a little planning and prep, you can have a week’s worth of recipes ready in the time it would take to make one portion. Just batch cook, divide into individual containers, and place in the fridge or freezer for later! I also made a list of my favorite meal prep products on Amazon that I use weekly. They make cooking easy peasy.
What’s In These Spicy Instant Pot Chili Beans?
- Dry Pinto Beans – I like these organic pinto beans which have a fantastic texture and flavor when cooked. Beans are a healthy addition to any meal – add them to your breakfast burritos, enjoy in a soup for lunch, or turn them into refried beans to enjoy with dinner.
- Olive Oil: I like to use this fruity Zoe olive oil which has a fantastic flavor and deep color- it’s really inexpensive online here, so I keep a few liters stocked up in my pantry. For the quality of oil you get, it’s an excellent value, I would highly recommend!
- Pink Himalayan Sea Salt: I like to use a pink Himalayan Sea Salt in my kitchen, which has more natural minerals than plain processed table salt. It’s fairly inexpensive, so I’d recommend this salt if you’re looking for an easy way to level up your spice pantry.
- Chili Powder: for a really nice flavor in this dip – the chili powder isn’t spicy but will give you a rich and bright flavor.
- Cumin: also adds a really nice flavor to this recipe – cumin has a lightly smokey flavor found in a lot of chili recipes.
- Red Chili Pepper Flakes: for a little heat! I like to add a few shakes to this recipe to give this dish a nice complex depth of flavor.
- Jalapeno pepper
- No Salt Vegetable Stock or Bouillon: I love this no salt vegetable base for my recipes because it has a great flavor and is lower in sodium. I only develop my recipes with low sodium ingredients so the ingredients shine. You can always add salt to a recipe if it needs it, but it’s almost impossible to take it out! By starting with a low sodium broth or bouillon, you can build bright vibrant flavors and add more salt later if needed. This soup base is also gluten free!
- Fresh cilantro for garnish
One of the BEST Pantry Staple Chili Beans Recipes
This chili beans in the instant pot recipe is a fantastic pantry-staple meal! It uses almost all ingredients you would have in your dry pantry or cupboards – most of which you probably have on hand. Keeping a well-stocked pantry makes it easy to come up with delicious and healthy meals using a few staples you can rotate. I made a list of my Top 125 Plant-Based Pantry Staples that always keep stocked. And you can check out all my favorite pantry staple ingredients in my Amazon shop here. By stocking up on healthy whole ingredients you can cook delicious recipes without a trip to the store!
How Do I Make These Pressure Cooker Chili Beans?
Canned Beans Versus Homemade
While I love the convenience of canned beans, I also love cooking dry beans from scratch in my Instant Pot. I use the 8-Quart Instant Pot Ultra, which is larger than standard models (which are only 6 quart) so I have extra room to meal prep and batch cook more meals for the week. The Instant Pot works wonders for cooking dried beans fast, no soaking required! While canned beans are super convenient, they are often loaded with sodium. If you buy canned beans, I always recommend using a no salt added variety so you can control the amount of salt in your dish. Next time you reach for the canned beans, think about a pressure cooker instead! Homemade beans are incredibly cost efficient, and you can add seasonings and spices to the beans while they cook for extra flavor.
What Should I Serve These Low Sodium Beans With?
- Make a Chili Mac by adding to My Signature 5 Ingredient Marinara Sauce
- Serve along side my best TVP Taco Filling
- Beans & Rice, topped with my #TacoTuesday Guacamole Recipe!
- Smother in Healthy Vegan Queso
- Use in TVP Chili!
Get the Same Ingredients for these Chili Beans in the Instant Pot!
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Instant Pot Chili Beans
- Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode, add olive oil, garlic, and onions and cook for 4 to 5 minutes until onions become translucent and begin to shimmer.
- Add the dried beans, chili powder, cumin, no salt seasoning, vegetable stock, and crushed red pepper flakes. Set to Manual/Pressure Cook mode for 45 minutes.
- Allow the beans to naturally release for 20 minutes, and then quick release the remainder of the pressure, taking care to keep your hands and face away from the steam vent.
- Once the flat valve drops, carefully open the lid. Add the lime juice, cilantro, and green onions, and stir well to combine. Serve and enjoy!