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Pinto Beans Instant Pot Recipe (Vegan, High Fiber)

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.

We are all about easy pressure cooker recipes on our homestead – and these instant pot pinto beans are a fantastic way to get some major flavor onto your plate in no time. 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.

This Pinto Beans Instant Pot Recipe Is:

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

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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?

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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!

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How Do I Make These Pressure Cooker Pinto Beans?

1. Set the Instant Pot to sauté 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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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?

Get the Same Ingredients for this Pressure Cooker Pinto Beans Recipe!


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Pinto Beans Instant Pot Recipe (No Soak)

Kelly Jensen
This Pinto Beans Instant Pot Recipe is a flavorful and easy way to use your pantry staple dried beans, no soaking required! A fantastic healthy high fiber & protein pinto beans recipe that is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Add to breakfast burritos, dips, salads, or your next taco night!
5 from 9 votes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
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!


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

    Should the beans be soaked overnight? There seems to be a debate about this with Instant Pot…any advice would be helpful. Thanks.

    • The Herbeevore

      Hi Nona!
      Personally, I never soak my beans, and they turn out great every time. I used to soak them when I was cooking them on the stovetop (the soaking reduced the cooking time significantly), but now that I use my pressure cooker it’s not an issue for me. Team “no soak” over here!
      – Kelly

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  3. Vikki Gonzales

    Hi. I was just wondering if these could be made without an instant pot? If they could be made over the stove or with a crock pot?

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