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Wow! First time I made pinto beans in a pressure cooker – these were the best! I sautéed onion and dried jalapeños first and then added to the beans before pressure cooking. Spot on at 35 minutes – so good. Thank you for the recipe!PS- 1.5 tsp salt was just right for me.
How can I find the method for dry red kidney beans being that it is different from the rest?
Hi, Chloe! Unfortunately, we don’t have a recipe for cooking dry red kidney beans. I’m sorry.
Thanks the info I need
Can these be canned and kept in pantry, if so for how long?
Hi, Staci! This recipe isn’t for making shelf-stable canned beans. FoodinJars is a great site about preserving food. And she has a recipe for it.
Can you do all of that plus Add 2 chicken breast ???
Hi, Sherri! What a great idea! The only tricky part is that chicken takes about 10 minutes to cook in the instant pot (SEE HERE), whereas most bean recipes take at least twice that long. I think what I’d do is get the beans start and cook them for half the time, then release the pressure, add the chicken, and finish the cooking. If you try it, let us know how it turns out!
I halved the recipe and cooked for 18 min (black beans) and they came out amazing! Absolutely perfect. None were split open, they were actually some of the best beans I have had.
Has anyone tried to make the beans with meat in the instant pot ?
Does the cooking time differ soaked versus unsoaked?
Hi, Michael! If using soaked beans, the pressure cooking time is generally about half the time as unsoaked. You might have to tinker with this a bit, though, to get your ideal texture!
Question, you say it takes Pinto beans: 25 to 30 minutes, do I start the timer after the electric pressure cooker heats up?I’ve tried the no soak method, it doesn’t work for me. I want to do a hot soak, pour off the water, then cook them. Your recipe has been helpful, just working out the times.
Hi, Amy! The cooking time starts once the pressure cooker is heated up at at full pressure. With an instant pot, you set this time as soon as you put the lid on (ie when the pot is cold), but the IP won’t actually start the timer countdown until its fully heated and pressurized. Hope that helps!
Thanks, I’m using a National rice cooker/ pressure cooker. Not a lot of instructions in English. The pinto beans cook so quickly they usually are cooked when I’m just trying to do a hot soak. It does have a high and low setting. Any suggestions?
Hi, Amy! I’m not super familiar with National pressure cookers, so I can’t say with absolute certainty. I’d give it a try at the low setting and see if that works. Though if they’re cooked after just doing a hot soak, then maybe just stick with that?!
Check your cooking time carefully! When I do navy beans three minutes under pressure is adequate. This is in a stove top 10 psi pressure cooker. I have tried even 10 minutes and the beans turned into mush. But with all recipes cooking times given are guidelines so be careful unless you want bean mush!
Can a 3QT Pot be used instead of 6QT?
Yes, Lisa. I would just use a cup of beans to about 3 to 4 cups of water instead.
I’m an instant pot newbie. Tried this bean recipe, presoaking overnight. Used 1-1/4 tsp salt, black pepper, 2 cups chicken broth and 6 cups water.. These were great! We eat them with a little smoked sausage thrown in and some cornbread. I will definitely use this recipe again. And, they were beautiful. Thank you.
So glad it worked out for you, Frances! Thanks for the feedback!
Your article was very helpful, thank you.From Andrea
Thank you! This recipe is simple and straightforward, you did a beautiful job illustrating and explaining different variables. My family thanks you too!
Haven’t tried this yet, But I love that you didn’t tell your Whole life story before the recipe !!! Thank you sooo much!
I agree thank you so much I usually have to across through what seems like a book before I get to an actual recipe
I took a pound of old red beans that I’ve had sitting around for at least two years and rinsed them off and tossed into the 4-quart insta-pot. They cooked for 45 minutes with a few inches of water covering them. I let them self-release and then tossed in a package of onion soup and a liberal amount of liquid smoke. I took some quick oatmeal and sprinkled in perhaps 1/3 cup to thicken it up and then stirred it all together. Ten minutes later I had a nice thick pot of beans that I serve with BBQ sauce. Good and fast!
How long do you cook your kidney beans?
Hi, Erinn! I haven’t cooked kidney beans in the pressure cooker and from what I’ve read, there might be some potential hazards to doing so. I’d look up a recipe that’s specifically for cooking kidney beans and follow those instructions. Good luck!
This recipe turned out perfectly. Thanks for the detailed instructions!
Most authors I consult say that the pressure cooker is able to take care of the toxin in kidney beans. For example:
Perfect comfort bowl! Before adding the beans and water, I first used the sauteé setting on my 6 qt Instant Pot to caramelize a cup of diced onions for 10 minutes, then stirred in diced smoked pork chops and a cup of chopped celery. Proceeded with the rest of the recipe as instructed, and served it up with cornbread. I don’t think it makes a difference, but I used a pound of dry navy beans. ♡ I do recommend canola oil instead of olive oil, because I feel the flavor of the olive oil doesn’t work well with the other flavors.
way too soupy, but not yet soup either. Am working on thickening on the Slow Cooker setting with corn starch slurry and crappy instant white rice for 4 hours.
Hi there! This is a recipe for cooking dried beans for use in other recipes (like salads or casseroles), not making a bean soup. You do end up with a fair amount of liquid at the end, which you can use in place of broth in a soup recipe if you like.