Instant Pot Pinto Beans

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
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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 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.

Set Instant Pot on saute mode, heat oil and add onion, garlic, bell pepper, thyme, cook until onion is soft. Add paprika, Italian seasoning, vegetable bouillon, pinto beans, liquid smoke, cayenne pepper, water. 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 freezer for later.

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

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Per 100g
190 kcal / 794 kJ
3 g
12 g
30 g


For: 10 Servings
10 min
1 h 10 min
Ready in:
1 h 20 min


  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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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Suzanne
    September 23, 2018


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