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Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe

Originally inspired by a Native American recipe, baked beans is an all American dish served at cookouts alongside grilled meat and other sides. By using an Instant Pot, you can whip up Instant Pot Baked Beans in a little over an hour, even when you start with dried beans.

Delectable baked beans served in a pot

An all-American side dish, baked beans originated with the Native Americans who lived in the New England area of the United States. The native people grew beans every summer, let them dry for winter storage, and later cooked the beans topped with maple syrup. New England colonists learned this cooking method from the Native Americans and adapted it for their own use.

In the 17th century, the colonists began sweetening the beans with brown sugar. Later in the 1700s, the colonists began using molasses as a sweetener to avoid paying high British sugar taxes. Recipes for Boston baked beans feature a sauce made with molasses and salt pork. 

Delectable baked beans served in a pot

Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe

April Freeman
Nothing accompanies a grilled hamburger, hot dog, or steak like a delicious, savory serving of baked beans. Many people believe that baked beans always start with canned pork and beans because making the beans from scratch with dried beans takes way too much time. However, with our recipe for Instant Pot Baked Beans you can serve your guests baked beans from scratch without spending hours cooking dried beans or using sodium laden canned beans. 
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 50 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Instructions
 

  • Wash the pinto beans by placing them in a colander and running them undercool water. Put the rinsed beans inside the Instant Pot with 6 cups of water and a teaspoon of salt.
  • Put the lid on the Instant Pot, making sure that the valve is closed, and the lid is completely sealed. Set the Instant Pot to high pressure and cook the beans for 30 minutes. Let the pressure naturally release and carefully remove the lid of the Instant Pot, watching carefully so you do not accidentally get a steam burn.
  • Drain the cooking liquid from the beans and set the beans aside in a clean bowl.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, red wine vinegar, garlic, ½ teaspoon salt, ketchup, dry mustard, brown sugar, and molasses. 
  • Turn the Instant Pot to sauté and add the olive oil to the cooker. Add the ground beef to the hot oil, chopping it into small bits until there is no pink left.
  • Drain the grease from the meat. You can do this by lifting out the cooked beef with a slotted spoon and then pouring the grease from the Instant Pot insert. Discard all but a tablespoon of the grease. Return the meat to the cooker and add the onion, cooking it with the meat until the onion is translucent and fragrant. Turn the Instant Pot off. Add the bacon bits to the beef and onion mix. Add a cup of water to the pot, scraping any browned bits off of the bottom.
  • Add the beans back to the Instant Pot with the meat and onion mixture. Add the sauce to the pot as well, stirring to combine. Add the 2 cups of additional water.
  • Put the lid back on the Instant Pot, close the valve and set the Instant Pot to high pressure for 30 minutes. 
  • Let the beans cook for the full half hour and then let the steam naturally release. Lift the lid carefully and stir the beans. If they are as thick as you like them, you can immediately serve them. If you want the sauce to be thicker, turn the Instant Pot to sauté and let them boil for 5 to 10 minutes to thicken up. Serve.

Notes

While our recipe for Instant Pot Baked Beans uses Pinto beans, classic baked beans recipes use white beans or navy beans. In modern New England, it’s not unusual for other kinds of beans to be used for baked beans, such as Jacob's cattle beans, soldier beans, or yellow-eyed beans.
While dried beans are an inexpensive food that are high in protein and fiber, there is one major drawback to using them. Dried beans take a while to cook. Usually, cooks who want to use dried beans in a recipe have to soak the beans overnight. This rehydrates the beans and helps to ensure that they cook evenly. After soaking, a batch of pinto beans can still take over an hour to cook at a low simmer. And if your beans are old, they may take even longer.
Using a pressure cooker can eliminate the time-consuming steps of soaking beans and can cook them much more quickly. All kinds of foods cook up much more quickly in a pressure cooker. Pressure cookers have been in use since the early 1900s. Frugal home cooks know that learning to cook dried beans rather than canned beans can help pinch pennies, and a pressure cooker can help make that happen quickly. The Instant Pot is an electronic kitchen appliance that takes the guesswork out of using a pressure cooker. With just a touch of a button, you can safely and easily cook dried beans in your kitchen in less than an hour. Our recipe for Instant Pot Baked Beans will make creating a batch of homemade baked beans much simpler.
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