Pinto Beans

By August 8, 2014

Submitted by Clarence M.


  • 1 lb package of Pinto Beans
  • 3 Slices of bacon
  • 1 pkg of Lipton onion soup mix
  • 1 medium onion
  • 6 cloves of garlic (or more if desired)
  • a couple of tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 2 Jalapeno Chile Peppers


  • cut bacon into pieces
  • dice onions
  • chop garlic
  • soak beans for a couple of hours (Optional) Dice Jalapenos 1 with seeds, one without
  • turn Instant Pot to saute
  • add Olive Oil
  • Saute Bacon until done
  • add onions and garlic and cook until transparent, add pkg of Lipton Soup Mix, add 1 cup of water and remaining ingredients, mix everything while in Saute setting for 5 minutes until soup mix is dissolved.
  • add the beans and 4 cups of water.
  • set the Instant Pot on the Bean/Chili setting and close lid use the natural steam release when default time is done.
  • Enjoy!



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10 Responses to “Pinto Beans”

  1. This was my first time cooking dry beans in my instant pot. I had to cook mine for an additional 30 minutes before they were done. Any suggestions on what might have happened that mine weren’t done in 30 minutes.


  2. C P Martin says:

    BTW, the Instant Pot makes great Red Beans and rice also.
    This is one of the family’s favorites. I use the same recipe but I DO NOT use the Onion Soup mix. I also add fresh parsley and Bay Leaves.
    I actually double cook the Red Beans. After the first cycle, I mash the Red Beans and then do another bean cycle. We like our Red Beans to be creamy.I usually cook the rice first and then set the rice aside before cooking the Red Beans.


  3. Christian says:

    If you do pre-soak beans, how long do they cook with bean/chili setting?


    Anna Reply:

    Hi Christian,

    As there are different types of beans, I¹ve attached a link to our chart for your reference.

    Please let us know if you require any additional information.




  4. Deanna marsh says:

    Hello I am using my pot today to try pinto beans, I do not see how much water to bean ratio to use. Also do I press the float valve down prior to turning on? I could not find in the manual if I was supposed to do this or not.


    CP Martin Reply:

    1 Cup of water for 1 lb. of beans.
    Leave the float valve in the pressure side, After the cooking cycle let the pressure cooker vent naturally, don not open the vent.


    Brad Reply:

    The recipe above calls for 4 cups water to 1 lb beans, Where did you come up with 1 cup? That doesn’t seem like enough water…


    C P Martin Reply:

    Please note. The 1 cup of water is for the initial mixing of the soup mix while in Saute mode.
    You then add 4 cups of water to cook under pressure. See the recipe above.

  5. Bennie says:

    Excellent! Best beans I ever made! Th ka you for sharing.


  6. Yolande says:

    will do it to morrow will add tomatoes to it and divide by 2 I don t want to freeze it


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