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Instant Pot Pinto Beans Recipe – Restaurant Quality

Dried beans to restaurant quality in about 1 hour! This Instant Pot Pinto Beans Recipe is a keeper!

Instant pot pinto beans with cilantro in bowl

The Instant Pot & dried beans go together like peas & carrots. They were just made for each other. Nothing cooks beans as efficiently or as perfectly in my opinion. This Instant Pot Pinto Bean Recipe gives you restaurant quality beans in about 1 hour from start to finish. They have just the right balance of flavor and spice. You are going to love them!

Dried or Soaked?

This is why I LOVE LOVE LOVE making beans in my Instant Pot. There is NO SOAKING necessary. Yes, you heard that right. While you can pre-soak beans to shorten the cook time, you don’t have to. These already cook up in about 1 hour start to finish. Why mess with soaking if you don’t need to?

How to make Instant Pot Pinto Beans

Instant pot and dried pinto beans in bag

Instant Pot Beans could be the easiest no-fuss dish ever! Pull out your instant pot and dried pinto beans.

Instant pot filled with water, spices, and jalapeño

Everyone goes in the pot. I know it is hard to see because of the chili powder on top, but the beans are in there. I toss in a jalapeño for a little extra flair, but you could easily omit that if you didn’t want the spice.

Put the lid on your instant pot, seal the release valve, and manually set it to cook for 45 minutes. Once it is done allow the pressure to naturally decompress for at least 15 minutes before opening.

Finished Instant Pot Pinto Beans

In that hour a little bit of magic happens. These beans are packed full of flavor. Top with a little cilantro and serve as a side, meal, or use in another recipe like these Refried Beans!

How Many

So the big question I hear a lot is how many cups of beans in a pound? There are 2 cups of dried beans in a pound. So, if you buy you beans in bulk this is a simple way to measure them.

Also 1 pound of dried beans equals about 6 cups of cooked beans when they are finished.

Specialty Diets

Instant pot pinto beans in bowl

This recipe is PERFECTION when it comes to specialty diets. These Instant Pot Pinto Beans are Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free….you get the picture. They are beans. They are delicious, and they are so easy to make!


Any leftover beans can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

You can also place these in a zip top freezer bag or air tight container and freeze for up to 6 months. This is a great hack to help you get dinner on the table faster. You can freeze these in any portion size you need.

Just thaw and heat as you would a can of beans.


  • Dried beans store well in a pantry. Always keep some on hand for easy, affordable meals.
  • Use your leftover beans to make refried beans!
  • 1 1/2 cups of cooked beans equals one 15 oz can drained in other recipes.
  • Switch out half of the water in this recipe for an equal part chicken broth. Creates a richer even more flavorful bean.

Instant Pot Pinto Beans

Dried beans to restaurant quality in about 1 hour! This Instant Pot Pinto Beans Recipe is a keeper!
Print Recipe
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:45 minutes
Decompression Time:15 minutes
Total Time:1 hour 5 minutes



  • 1 lb Pinto Beans Dried
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 jalapeno diced and seeded
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 dash black pepper


  • Place all of the ingredients into your instant pot.
  • Use “Manual” setting for 45 minutes of pressure.
  • Allow pressure to naturally release for at least 15 mintues before opening.
  • Season beans with additional salt or spices as desired before serving.
  • Enjoy


Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 222mg | Potassium: 196mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 408IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 12 1/2 cup Servings
Calories: 61kcal
Author: Amanda Carlisle

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