The BEST Pinto Beans
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Pinto Beans

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Pinto beans. In the West, they’re about as iconic as cowboy hats, rattlesnakes, and Wile E. Coyote falling off a cliff. These are the pinto beans you’re looking for: flavorful, easy to make, and begging for a tortilla and some red chile!

Prepare for some life-changing beans.

The BEST Pinto Beans



  • bacon
  • yellow onion
  • garlic
  • pinto beans

First things first: sort your beans. You’re looking to rid your beans of any overly-wrinkled, black, or overly-tiny beans. Also, sometimes rocks end up in there. Don’t ask, just get sorting.

Top Tip: watch the video for sorting tips.

Rinse your beans before placing them in the Instant Pot.

Next chop your onion and shell your garlic. It doesn’t matter how you cut your garlic, but if you want small pieces, you can give it a once over with the knife.

Place everything in your Instant Pot. Pour in enough water to hover at least two inches above the bean level: these things will absorb A LOT of water.

Put an hour on the Instant Pot (on high pressure) and take your pet rock for a walk around the neighborhood.

Vent. Cover in red chile. Wrap in a tortilla. Enjoy.



Can I use these to make refried beans?

You better believe it! Strain some out, place in a fry pan (shallow pan) then mash with a potato masher. Let them bubble a bit, and you’ve just refried some beans. Go you.

Can I make these vegetarian?

Definitely! Just omit the bacon and add in two TBS of avocado or other light tasting oil (NOT EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL!). I’d also substitute regular raw garlic for roasted garlic.

Do I need to soak these overnight?

No. I used to make beans that way, but the Instant Pot makes this recipe so easy!

Can I freeze the leftovers?

Indeed, you can. I always have some frozen pinto beans lurking in the freezer for a quick dinner foundation.



Red Chile

Carne Adovada

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Perfect Pinto Beans

Pinto Beans

  • Author: Ben
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 68 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


The Ultimate Pinto Beans Packed With Fiber and Flavor


  • 2 thick bacon slices (use quality bacon, not the cheap paper-thin stuff)
  • 1 chopped yellow onion
  • 1 diced head of garlic
  • 3 cups (720 ml) sorted pinto beans


  1. Start by sorting your beans. This will be lion’s share of the prep time, so be patient and use the video as a guide.
  2. Rinse your beans and remove any that float.
  3. Dice your garlic and chop your onion.
  4. Place everything (don’t forget your bacon) in a pressure cooker. Fill the pressure cooker with water going two inches above the beans.
  5. Cook on high pressure for 60-minutes. 
  6. When finished, vent. Only salt as many beans as you’ll be eating, otherwise they’ll absorb the salt overnight and you’ll have to re-salt your leftovers. 
  7. Make red chile and crush your bowl of goodness!


  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: New Mexican

Keywords: New Mexican beans, pinto beans recipe, homemade Mexican beans, homemade pinto beans recipe

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