Instant Pot Mexican Pinto Beans


Novice Foodie
Want a quick and delish meal? Try Instant Pot Mexican Pinto Beans, this is my comfort meal!

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Here's a recipe for Instant Pot Mexican Pinto Beans:


  • 2 cups dried pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, chopped (optional, for spice)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • Salt, to taste
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (optional, for garnish)
  • Lime wedges, for serving


  1. Prepare the Ingredients:
    • Rinse and drain the dried pinto beans.
    • Chop the onion, mince the garlic, and chop the jalapeño pepper (if using).
  2. Sauté Aromatics:
    • Turn on the Instant Pot to the "Sauté" mode.
    • Add a little oil to the Instant Pot inner pot.
    • Once hot, add the chopped onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes until softened.
    • Add the minced garlic and chopped jalapeño (if using) and sauté for another minute until fragrant.
  3. Add Seasonings and Beans:
    • Stir in the ground cumin, chili powder, and dried oregano.
    • Add the rinsed and drained pinto beans to the Instant Pot.
  4. Pressure Cook:
    • Pour the chicken or vegetable broth over the beans and aromatics.
    • Close the Instant Pot lid and set the valve to the sealing position.
    • Cook on high pressure for 25-30 minutes, depending on the desired tenderness of the beans.
    • Once the cooking cycle is complete, allow for a natural pressure release for about 10 minutes, then carefully do a quick pressure release to release any remaining pressure.
  5. Season and Serve:
    • Open the Instant Pot lid and give the beans a good stir.
    • Taste and adjust seasoning with salt if necessary.
    • Serve the Mexican pinto beans hot, garnished with fresh chopped cilantro and lime wedges on the side.
It can be served with rice, as a filling for tacos or burritos, or alongside grilled meats. Enjoy your flavorful and hearty beans!
Thank you for sharing your recipe! I'm always looking for new Instant Pot ideas, and this one fits the bill perfectly. Have you experimented with different types of beans, or do you find that pinto beans work best for this dish? :)