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a bowl of pinto beans topped with red chilis in front of an instant pot

Instant Pot Pinto Beans

Easy NO SOAK Instant Pot Pinto Beans in less than an hour! Save time and money by making your own pressure cooker pinto beans at home, with better flavour and less salt than canned.
Course Beans
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot Pinto Beans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Pressuring / Venting 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 203kcal



  • 1 pound dried pinto beans
  • 4.5 cups water
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 medium bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


  • Place your dried pinto beans into a mesh strainer and rinse well. Check for any stones or broken beans, and discard those.
  • Place the rinsed beans into the insert of your Instant Pot, together with 4.5 cups of water and any aromatics (diced onion, garlic, bay leaves, and chili powder).
  • Seal the lid on the Instant Pot and make sure the vent is set to "sealing". Set to Manual / High Pressure for 40 minutes (for firmer beans) or 45 minutes (for softer beans). It will take about 20 minutes to come up to pressure.
  • Once the pressure cooking cycle is complete, allow the pressure to release naturally for 15-20 minutes. Then, flip the vent to "venting" to release the remaining pressure.
  • Open the lid and stir the beans. Season with salt, and use as you wish.


  • Nutrition values are an estimate only and are based on 8 servings of cooked pinto beans. 
  • If the beans are too firm when the cooking cycle is complete, you can pressure cook for an additional 3 minutes. 
  • Cooked beans can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for 3-6 months. 


Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 313mg | Potassium: 812mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 148IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 3mg