Instant Pot Pinto Beans (pressure cooker)

cooked soup beans and ham with cornbreadin a bowl

These Instant Pot Pinto Soup Beans are an essential to Appalachian cuisine and they’re made in the traditional style with ham.

cooked soup beans in pressure cooker pot

What are soup beans?

Pinto soup beans get their name from Spanish origin. Pinto literally means “painted” The cute little stripe on uncooked pinto beans looks as though it has been painted on.

In Appalachian dishes, soup beans are a popular choice for cornbread, as a side dish, or with some Southern-fried potatoes and onions.

cooked soup beans and ham in a bowl

What can I serve with Instant Pot pinto soup beans?

Growing up in Southeastern Kentucky, we always served soup beans with cornbread, green onions, tomatoes and a protein like steak or chicken.

You can serve them as a side or even the main course, as they are a very versatile food.

If you do not have an Instant Pot and prefer a little chicken stock in your soup beans, I recommend Grandbaby Cakes recipe.

cooked pinto beans with salt bacon

How do you make pinto soup beans and ham hock in the Instant Pot?

First, I recommend pre-soaking your beans to lessen cook time at least 8 hours prior to pressure cooking your beans.

This will cut your pressure cooking time in half, and you’ll only need to pressure cook them for 20 minutes, as opposed to 40.

Next, you’ll add in about 6 oz. cured salt pork (ham hock) to the pot, seal and cook.

soaking pinto beans in water

Can you pressure cook pinto beans without soaking?

While I recommend soaking your beans at least 8 hours prior to cooking, you may choose to not soak your beans.

ham and pinto beans before pressure cooker

How to pressure cook dry pinto soup beans (not soaked) in the Instant Pot:

First, place 4 cups of water with 11/4 cup dry pinto beans into the pressure cooker with your ham. Then, place your lid on, cooking multigrain for 40 minutes at normal.

Tip! Do not add salt if you are using cured salt pork (or ham hock).

And, the same goes for the Foodi! If you have a Ninja Foodi, seal the vent and cook for 40 minutes with your ham (no salt).

How long can pinto beans last in the refrigerator?

You can keep pinto soup beans in the refrigerator for two or three days, as they are cold and will not spoil.

cooked soup beans in pressure cooker pot

Pinto Beans (Instant Pot)

Traditional-style Appalachian pinto soup beans right in the Instant Pot / Pressure cooker!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Soak Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 25 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 240 kcal

Equipment

  • Instant Pot or Foodi Pressure Cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb pinto beans
  • 4 cups water (5 if beans are not soaked)
  • 6 oz salt pork cured

Instructions
 

Pressure Cooked from Soaked Beans

  • Rinse and clean beans, making sure to remove any pebbles.
  • Soak beans for approximately eight hours. Remove and rinse.
    soaking pinto beans in water
  • Add 4 cups of water and ham, and pressure cook on high for 20 minutes.
    ham and pinto beans before pressure cooker
  • Be sure that your pressure valve is sealed while cooking and natural release for at least 15 minutes.
    cooked pinto beans with salt bacon

Pressure Cooked from Dry

  • Rinse and clean beans, making sure to remove any pebbles.
  • Add water and ham and pressure cook on high for 40 minutes.
  • Be sure that your pressure valve is sealed while cooking and natural release for at least 15 minutes.

Notes

Beans can keep for 2-3 days in the refrigerator after cooking. Serve with cornbread or any protein to make a lovely dinner.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 240kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 6gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 577mgPotassium: 261mgFiber: 5gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Appalachian, instant cooker, pinto beans, soup beans
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