This Pinto Beans Instant Pot Recipe is a flavorful and easy recipe with pantry staple dried beans, no soaking required. 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.
This Pinto Beans Instant Pot Recipe Is:
- Spicy (but can be less spicy if desired)
- High Protein
- Vegan & Gluten Free
Instant Pot Beans for Easy Meal Prep
For all my recipes I use the 8-Quart Instant Pot Ultra, its larger than the standard models (which are only 6 quart) so I have extra room to meal prep and batch cook more meals for the week. The Ultra model also has some great extra settings like cake baking and yogurt making which are really neat. I love that everything can cook in one pot, which makes for way less dishes and hands-off cooking. The Instant Pot is hands-down my favorite kitchen appliance, and actually makes my life so much easier.
What’s In These Spicy Instant Pot Pinto 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!
- No Salt Seasoning Blend – I like this no salt seasoning by Badia (I use almost all of their spices) which is loaded with garlic, onion, pepper, and parsley. A great alternative to salt.
- 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 Bean Recipes
This pinto beans 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 Pinto Beans?
Make Ahead Pinto Beans for a Quick Meal Anytime
This pinto beans instant pot recipe is a fantastic and simple recipe to make ahead. Great for a busy weeknight, for entertaining, or just for those nights when you don’t feel like cooking. I like to prep one (or a few) of these ahead of time, and freeze some for later. Having ready cooked meals in the fridge or freezer is a great way to enjoy home cooked meals when you don’t have time in the kitchen. Freezing ingredients is also a great way to use up food that may be expiring soon. Check out all my make ahead meals on The Herbeevore for some inspiration to help you prep, keep, heat, and eat!
What Do I Serve Pinto 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!
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Pinto Beans Instant Pot Recipe (No Soak)
- 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!
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