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How to Cook Pinto Beans in an Instant Pot

How to Cook Pinto Beans in an Instant Pot

If you have a pack of dried pinto beans that you have been meaning to cook, you have come to the right place. Keep reading to learn how to cook pinto beans in an Instant Pot.

Pinto beans have a distinct beige color with brown spots that also turn light brown in color when cooked. It is known that pinto beans have originated from Peru and have spread their way around the United States. They are also very healthy and are a great addition to all types of meals.

Pinto Beans are Rich in Nutrients

Pinto beans are loaded with nutrients such as iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and Vitamin B1. When cooked plain, they are cholesterol-free and have a low amount of sodium and fat. They also have an abundance of fiber and protein.

The fiber in pinto beans helps prevent any digestive problems and aid in weight loss . For protein, pinto beans are a great alternative for meat. These two nutrients help to control your appetite.

Affordable

Another reason why pinto beans are popular is that they are inexpensive. You can either buy the dried ones and cook them yourself or buy the canned ones which will save you time.  Cooking pinto beans from scratch takes a really long time and it also requires you to soak the dried beans overnight.

Pinto Beans are Versatle

One more reason for its popularity is that pinto beans are a versatile ingredient. You can use them either as a side dish, or you can add them to dips, soups, and stews. Pinto beans are a good ingredient to add to just about any dish and can be eaten refried, stewed, mashed, simmered, pureed, or whole.

Long Shelf Life

Pinto beans, whether dried or canned, can be stored for a long time. Dried pinto beans’ shelf life can last for 1 to 3 years. However, you must note that the longer you store your pinto beans, the longer they may also need to be cooked. Canned beans on the other hand, can be kept for 3 to 5 years if unopened. They are also safe to eat past their expiration date as long as the can remains intact and is free from any damage.

Cooked pinto beans can be stored in the freezer for 6 months. Remember to label your freezer bag with the date that they were cooked to ensure you eat them within 6 months.

Cooking Pinto Beans

Before cooking the beans, you have to keep in mind that you have to soak the beans before proceeding to cook them. When it comes to soaking pinto beans, there are 2 methods:

Overnight Method

Put your washed beans in a pot and cover the beans with water for 2 inches to ensure it is properly soaked. Make sure to also cover the pot and let it soak overnight for at least 6 hours. The next day, drain the water from the pot, add fresh water to cover the beans and start boiling and simmering for 1 to 2 hours.

Quick Soak Method

you should put your washed beans in a cooking pot and cover them with fresh water. Bring the beans to a boil and boil them for 2 minutes. Then remove them from the heat, cover the pot, and let them soak for 2 hours. After 2 hours, drain the water and add fresh water to the pot and continue to boil for 45 minutes to 2 hours.

How to Cook Pinto Beans in an Instant Pot 

How to Cook Pinto Beans in an Instant Pot 

  • Preparation time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time: 1 hour
  • Total time: 1 hour & 5 minutes
  • Servings: 6 – 8 servings

Ingredients: 

  • 3 cups dry pinto beans
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 8 cups Water
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ white onion
  • 5 cloves minced garlic

Equipment:

  • Instant Pot

Preparation:

  1. Wash and rinse the dried pinto beans. There is no need to soak the dried beans overnight as we will be cooking using the Instant Pot.
  2. Put the pinto beans in the Instant Pot and add water, making sure that the beans are fully covered.
  3. Add all of the spices except salt, then stir the ingredients together.
  4. Put the lid on and make sure to turn the steam release valve to its sealing position.
  5. Set the cooking time to “Pressure Cook” or choose “Manual” at high pressure for 30 minutes.
  6. Once the cooking time is done, let the Instant Pot take its time to release the pressure for 15 minutes.
  7. You can now turn the steam release valve to release the remaining pressure in the pot.
  8. Once the pin has dropped, you may now carefully open the lid.
  9. Stir the mixture and add salt to taste.

How to Cook Pinto Beans in an Instant Pot 

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Servings 6 servings

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups dry pinto beans
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 8 cups Water
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ white onion
  • 5 cloves minced garlic

Instructions
 

  • Wash and rinse the dried pinto beans. There is no need to soak the dried beans overnight as we will be cooking using the Instant Pot.
  • Put the pinto beans in the Instant Pot and add water, making sure that the beans are fully covered.
  • Add all of the spices except salt, then stir the ingredients together.
  • Put the lid on and make sure to turn the steam release valve to its sealing position.
  • Set the cooking time to “Pressure Cook” or choose “Manual” at high pressure for 30 minutes.
  • Once the cooking time is done, let the Instant Pot take its time to release the pressure for 15 minutes.
  • You can now turn the steam release valve to release the remaining pressure in the pot.
  • Once the pin has dropped, you may now carefully open the lid.
  • Stir the mixture and add salt to taste.

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