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Low Sodium Pinto Beans in the Instant Pot Recipe (No Salt)

These low sodium Pinto Beans in the Instant Pot are 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.
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We are all about low sodium recipes on our homestead – and these low sodium instant pot pinto beans are a fantastic way to get some major flavor onto your plate without the salt. I use my Instant Pot weekly for meal prepping and cooking ahead, but there the Instant Pot really shines are for beans!  I can have a delicious pot of beans ready in under an hour, no soaking required.

These No Soak Instant Pot Pinto Beans (Vegan, GF) are:

  • Earthy
  • Spicy (but can be less spicy if desired)
  • Warming
  • Filling
  • High Protein
  • Vegan & Gluten Free
  • Low in sodium

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Low Sodium Beans are Best From Scratch!

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 that making your own beans from scratch tastes way better. You can cook beans in the Instant Pot or Pressure cooker with spices and vegetables to get that flavor in the beans from the start. I made a list of our favorite low sodium recipes here on The Herbeevore for some inspiration – but make sure you check the sodium content of all your ingredients as well.  Most of these recipes enjoy on a weekly basis without the salt!

What’s In These Spicy Instant Pot Pinto Beans?

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One of the BEST No Salt Pantry Staple Dinner Recipes

This no salt pinto beans 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!

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How Do I Make These Pressure Cooker 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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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?

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Get the Same Ingredients for this No Salt Added Pinto Beans Recipe!

*Note when I wrote this recipe, the products linked below are all low sodium and have no salt in the ingredients. That being said, third party pages and products can change, so please double check all ingredients and nutritional content before purchasing or eating, especially if you follow a strict low sodium diet.

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Low Sodium Pinto Beans

The Herbeevore
These Instant Potlow sodium Pinto Beans are a flavorful and easy way to use your pantry staple dried beans, no soaking required! A fantastic no salt pinto beans recipe that is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 12
Calories 154 kcal



  • 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!


Calories: 154kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 8gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 9mgPotassium: 568mgFiber: 6gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 474IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 52mgIron: 2mg
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