Restaurant Style Instant Pot Pinto Beans

Restaurant Style Instant Pot Pinto Beans are the most delicious, easy way to make delicious pinto beans in under an hour – no soaking overnight needed! 



Restaurant Style Instant Pot Pinto Beans are easy and so delicious – and are the perfect way to make delicious beans from dried in less than an hour!

These perfect pinto beans require no pre-soaking, and taste just like they are from your favorite Mexican restaurant – in under an hour!

My husband loves beans (and has firmly taken over my instant pot as his own), and tested out a ton of different recipes for Pinto Beans – and came up with this delicious, foolproof Restaurant Style Pinto Bean recipe that has quickly become one of our favorite side dishes of all time.

These beans are truly easy and restaurant quality – and don’t require soaking overnight! It’s a pain to have to think that far ahead and soak beans in water all night, so this delicious no soaking pinto bean recipe is a huge game changer at our house!



Tips to Perfect Instant Pot Pinto Beans

While you might be tempted to add more beans into the pot, don’t overcrowd! You don’t want your pot to be over half full, with beans and water, when you go to cook – or it won’t come to pressure and cook properly.

Overfilling your instant pot can be a nightmare, so make sure to not overfill! Since you can make these beans in under an hour, it’s best to make more batches than try to cook it quickly.

Don’t rush the time it takes to naturally release pressure – this is a vital part of the cook time for these beans since they aren’t pre-soaked beans. This will help them soften and help the flavors develop.



Pinto Bean Recipe Variations

If you love this recipe, and want to make some flavorful tweaks, consider the following twists on this delicious recipe:

-Add in a can of chili seasoning Ro-tel diced tomatoes (don’t drain).

-Add in canned green chilis or jalapenos for a spicy kick.

-Sautee 1/4 cup finely diced garlic and a finely diced onion until browned with 2 tbsp butter or lard in the instant pot before adding beans. Make sure there are no browned bits on the bottom of the pan before adding beans and water or the Instant Pot wont come to pressure.

-Mix with lard and blend for deliciously authentic refried beans.


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Other Instant Pot Favorite Recipes

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Instant Pot Black Bean Soup

Instant Pot Skinny Mongolian Beef

Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken and Rice



Restaurant Style Instant Pot Pinto Beans Recipe

Restaurant Style Instant Pot Pinto Beans
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Restaurant Style Instant Pot Pinto Beans are the most delicious, easy way to make delicious pinto beans in under an hour - no soaking overnight needed!
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 8
  • 1 pound of dried beans
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • t tsp oregano
  • 3 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 liters water
  1. Put dried beans in Instant Pot.
  2. Add salt, seasonings, and water until pot is half full.
  3. Use “Manual” setting for 25 minutes of pressure.
  4. Allow pressure to naturally release, approximately 30-40 minutes.
  5. Season beans to taste.


2 thoughts on “Restaurant Style Instant Pot Pinto Beans”

  1. Am I reading the recipe correctly, that there are tablespoons of garlic powder, onion powder, and chili powder? About to add this to my Instant Pot recipes, but wanted to make sure first. It seems like a lot (that’s not a criticism – I’m fairly new to cooking beans in the IP). 🙂

    1. Hey Bunny – we do put that much in (this recipe makes a TON of beans) – but you can always reduce it by half, taste, and add more later if you want more! It’s always easier to add more later than take away flavor 🙂

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