Instant Pot Pinto Beans

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This Instant Pot Pinto Beans recipe is so tasty with simple ingredients, a Southern pinto bean recipe made vegan, made in the Instant pot without soaking beans.

Instant Pot Pinto Beans


Make a large pot of pinto beans in the Instant Pot, you basically put all the ingredients in the Instant Pot and walk away. It is perfect for those busy days, serve it with Skillet Cornbread,  Turmeric Coconut Rice or Jollof Rice, it is flavorful, economical and easy to prepare.

Pinto beans are so underrated but they are high in protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Check out the many health benefits here.

Instant Pot Pinto Beans

Do You Soak Pinto Beans For The Instant Pot?

No, you don’t have to soak your pinto beans before pressure cooking it. The beans will take about 50 minutes to cook. If you want to soak them to reduce the phytic acid, then you can, cook the soaked beans for 20 minutes. 

Instant Pot Pinto Beans being served

How To Make Instant Pot Pinto Beans

To make Instant Pot Pinto Beans, I used a one-pound bag of pinto beans, I first sort and washed the pinto beans to get rid of all the ugly broken pieces of beans, dirt, debris.

In this case, I prefer to use dried pinto beans because they are so cheap, literally less than 2 dollars for a bag of beans that can feed 10 people, that’s a win-win situation.

  1. Set Instant Pot on saute mode, heat oil and add onion, garlic, bell pepper, thyme, cook until onion is soft.
  2. Add paprika, Italian seasoning, vegetable bouillon, pinto beans, liquid smoke, cayenne pepper, water.
  3. Turn the Instant Put off, put the lid on Instant Pot, set the vent to sealing, cook on manual high pressure for 50 minutes.

How To Cook Pinto Beans In An Instant Pot

Cooked pinto beans are better served the next day, you can also portion the cooked pinto beans into freezer containers and freeze for later.

Note: Substitute the water with vegetable broth omit the vegetable bouillon and add salt to taste.

How To Serve Instant Pot Pinto Beans?

  1. Serve your pinto beans with a slice of  Vegan Gluten-Free Cornbread.
  2. How about serving it in a bowl with Brown Jasmine Rice and Guacamole
  3. It’s also delicious served in Vegan Nachos

How To Store Leftover Instant Pot Pinto Beans?

store your leftover pinto beans in a container with a tight-fitting lid for about 3 days.

You can also freeze your cooked pinto beans in portion size freezer bags or containers for about 3 months. 

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(Per 100g)
  • Energy: 190 kcal / 794 kJ
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Protein: 12 g
  • Carbs: 30 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 10 min
  • Cooking: 1 h 10 min
  • Ready in: 1 h 20 min
  • For:
  • 10 Servings



  1. Turn Instant Pot on saute mode, heat oil and add onion, garlic, bell pepper, thyme cook until onion is soft.
  2. Add pinto beans, Italian seasoning, paprika, cayenne pepper, vegetable bouillon, water, liquid smoke, and press off button. Place the lid on the Instant Pot, turn the knob to sealing.
  3. Cook beans on manual high pressure for 50 minutes. Allow to natural release for about 20 minutes, add salt to taste and serve.


Instant Pot Pinto Bean Recipe

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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Diane B Gay
    November 28, 2020

    Love this recipe. I usually soak first, then put instant pot. Serve over rice or potato.

  2. Sharon Chandler
    June 2, 2020

    Delicious! I made this pinto bean recipe in the crockpot and it was so delicious with the homemade guacamole recipe.

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      June 3, 2020

      Sharon, I’m so happy you enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing your feedback.

    • Nickie
      October 19, 2020

      Great recipe that I can’t wait to try! Is there an option to print?

  3. Angela Deutsch
    February 6, 2020

    How long would you cook soaked beans?

  4. Gail
    January 23, 2020

    Sounds good. Not sure if you are responding to questions still for this post but what would be the time for presoaked beans?

  5. Gwendolyn Lewis
    December 28, 2019

    Absolutely delicious 😋. I was a bit skeptical at first, but I was running out of time to cook, so I decided to follow your recipe instructions to the letter. So glad I did. Thanks.

  6. Diane
    November 17, 2019

    these are great! Don’t change a thing. I soak the beans the night before then cook them the next day.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      November 17, 2019

      Diane thank you, I’m happy they turned out perfect for you, I appreciate your feedback.

  7. Amanda R.
    November 16, 2019

    Terrific beans! I halved the recipe, and used smoked spices instead of liquid smoke. Excellent flavor without any meat. Definitely making again.

  8. Bob from Tennessee
    August 22, 2019

    I am looking forward to cooking these pinto beans. If I use beans that were soaked in water overnight, can you provide an estimate of cook time in the Instant Pot? Thank you!

  9. BV
    July 12, 2019

    Best pinto bean recipe I have ever tried, thanks for sharing!

  10. Sarah
    June 7, 2019

    My 9 year old son said last night: “These beans make me 1 step closer to wanting to eat at home instead of at Chipotle.” High (and rare) praise from a picky eater! 😂 😋
    The recipe is a definite keeper, thanks!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      June 7, 2019

      That’s wonderful Sarah, I’m so happy your son enjoyed it, I so appreciate your feedback. I do love Chipotle so I understand, lol

  11. Becky Leckron
    March 21, 2019

    I have been looking for a good vegan recipe for pinto beans for a long time and just couldn’t find one that had good flavor. I used vegetable broth instead of water for this recipe which added additional flavor :) and added 1/2 green pepper. I also found I needed to cook the beans for an additional 15 minutes as the beans weren’t quite done as much as I liked. There were absolutely delicious!!! Thank you!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      March 21, 2019

      Becky, I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe and I’m so thankful you have left feedback. Thank you!

  12. Jd
    February 10, 2019

    OMG! The best beans ever! I doubled the recipe Usually beans in a pressure cooker comes out to watery , but these were just perfect!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      February 10, 2019

      Awesome, I’m happy they turned out great Jd and you enjoyed it. I appreciate your feedback.

    • Patty
      March 7, 2019

      Me too, I like my soup thicker than the watery kind most recipes result in. I’ve got them in the IP right now.

      • Michelle Blackwood
        March 7, 2019

        I hope you enjoy Patty.

    • Laura
      July 14, 2019

      If I double the recipe, do I need a longer cook time?

      • Michelle Blackwood
        July 14, 2019

        You shouldn’t have to Laura, just make sure you don’t overfill your Instant Pot. Remember that beans expand, you should only have enough liquid and beans to the halfway of your inner allow for room for expansion. Make sure to do a natural release.

  13. Liz
    January 27, 2019

    Can I add a ham hock in this?

  14. Rey
    January 26, 2019

    Waiting for them to cook! Looking forward to it. I didn’t use liquid smoke but did use smoked paprika. Also added some bacon grease (not a vegetarian or vegan). Looking forward to it!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 26, 2019

      Hello Rey, I hope you enjoyed it. Thank you very much for your feedback.

  15. Jennifer
    January 15, 2019

    What is the equivalent of the vegetable bouillon in the recipe? I have bouillon in a jar not cubed.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 15, 2019

      Jennifer the equivalent amount is usually written on the container. It is usually 1 teaspoon of the bouillon paste or 1 bouillon cube.

  16. Susie Hicks
    December 26, 2018

    I lucked inro this site….never made pinto beans, but someone gave me 3 2 lb. Bags. I also have a Instant Pot I’ve used once. I’m in….wish me luck.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      December 26, 2018

      Susie welcome, I’m so happy you found me. Please enjoy1

  17. Kit
    December 17, 2018

    I made these this morning in my Instantpot for my husband. I usually don’t care for beans but couldn’t stop sampling them. Delicious and just the right amount of heat. I didn’t have a red pepper so I subbed with some chopped green pepper from the freezer. This will be a new favorite. Can’t wait to go camping to share this at potlucks.

  18. Erin
    December 15, 2018

    Thank you for your recipe! Pinto beans and cornbread were my mom’s favorite and I remember her cooking them on the stove all day long. I decided to celebrate her on the 2 year anniversary of her passing with this and your cornbread recipe and it turned out just like I remember hers being. ❤️

    • Michelle Blackwood
      December 15, 2018

      Erin I’m so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. I feel honored that my recipes help to bring back fond memories of your mom and her cooking.

  19. Margie Cobbett
    December 6, 2018

    What if i don’t have an instant pot how long would I need to cook the pinto beans in my crockpot ?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      December 6, 2018

      Margie 5-6 hours should be fine in a slow cooker. I didn’t test it in a slow cooker myself. Hope you enjoy!

  20. Shaynee
    October 2, 2018

    I rarely post comments, but have to for this recipe! I am new to your blog and found you by searching for instant pot pinto beans. I loved that your recipe used smoked paprika and instant smoke instead of bacon! I am an aspiring vegan, living with a bunch of carnivores. My kids usually turn their nose up at anything that doesn’t have some kind of meat in it. My family aren’t fans of beans as a main dish, but I had everything on hand, and made a batch of cornbread, knowing that was a hit with everyone, and figured they’d eat mostly that.
    I happened to not be feeling well around dinner time last night, and didn’t eat with my family. Later in the evening I was feeling better, and asked about the beans. They got rave reviews from everyone!!! This is basically unheard of in my house. I assumed they were being nice because I was under the weather, and later took a bite myself to see. Wow. Just.. WOW!!!!! These re FULL of flavor; the best pinto beans I have ever had. And, no meat! Thank you so much for the recipe… I can’t wait to try more on your blog!!!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      October 2, 2018

      Wow Shaynee, I hope you are feeling better, thank you, you have made my day. I’m so excited that you and your family enjoyed my recipe. I wasn’t feeling like testing a particular recipe for the third time so I left the mixing bowl on the counter, put back the ingredients in the refrigerator and decided to just go back to working from my computer when I saw your comment. Now I’m going to go back to the kitchen to finish what I started. Thank you for motivating me and I pray you continue to try my recipes.

  21. Barbara Stewart
    September 27, 2018

    I’ve been searching for a vegetarian pinto bean recipe and this will be my go to recipe from now on. (I’m making a second pot right now!) I didn’t have any liquid smoke so I used worchestershire sauce and it added some nice flavor.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      September 27, 2018

      That’s awesome Barbara, I’m so happy you love it. Thank you very much for your feedback.

  22. Suzanne
    September 23, 2018

    These are the Best beans I have ever eaten or cooked!!! Thank you for this FABULOUS recipe!