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Vegetarian Instant Pot Pinto Beans. Great for meal prepping.

Vegetarian Instant Pot Pinto Beans

Make these vegetarian instant pot pinto beans as a great addition to any Mexican meal.
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Prep Time :5 minutes
Cook Time :30 minutes
Total Time :35 minutes
Author: Amanda Paa



  • 1 cup dry pinto beans soaked overnight
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 of a medium onion
  • 3 cloves garlic smashed
  • 3 sprigs fresh sage and fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • toppings: pickled red onions cilantro, creme fraiche or sour cream, avocado


  • Add beans to Instant Pot and pour in water. Stir in salt. Drop in onion, garlic, herbs. Add olive oil. 
  • Put lid on the machine, and set valve to sealing. Press manual then high pressure, and set for 11 minutes. Let cook, and naturally release. When ready, open lid. After onions have cooled a bit, discard onion, herbs, and garlic with a slotted spoon. Taste beans and add salt if needed.  
  • To serve, top with pickled red onions, creme fraiche or sour cream, red chili flakes, avocado, and cilantro. 


*** If you don't have time to soak the beans, you can still make this recipe! Follow instructions until settings. Then press manual, then high pressure, and set for 30 minutes. Complete recipe as written, with natural release.