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Instant Pot Pinto Beans

This tasty Instant Pot Pinto Beans recipe is packed full of flavorful veggies and spices. It's easy to make, highly customizable, and great for meal planning! Make it a Brazilian style mid-week meal and serve 'em with Brazilian rice and plantains!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Soaking Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Brazilian, Latin American
Keyword: beans recipe, vegan, vegetarian
Author: aline_shaw


  • Instant Pot


  • 1 lb dry pinto beans
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 small orange or red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 4 green onions minced (white and green parts) use some of the green for garnish!!
  • 2 Tbsp Brazilian sofrito or 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt


Cooking the Beans:

  • Pick, wash, then soak* the beans in cold water for 30 mins.
  • After 30 minutes, drain all the water, and soak in new cold water for another 30 mins.
  • Drain beans, wash them well, then add them an instant pot, or pressure cooker. Add the bay leaves**, and the 5 cups of water.
  • Close the instant pot, and cook on manual for 30 mins.
  • When your instant pot reaches 30 mins, wait 10 minutes for natural release.

Flavoring the Beans:

  • During that time, heat 2 Tbsp of the olive oil*** in a sauté pan over medium to high heat. Add the onions and bell pepper and sauté until they are soft - about 3 minutes.
  • Add the Brazilian sofrito, or minced garlic, and sauté until fragrant and lightly golden - about 2 minutes.
  • Add in the last Tbsp of olive oil and then add in the green onions. Sauté for about a minute.
  • Add in the diced tomatos, and cook for about 2 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes of natural release, safely release any renaming pressure manually, and then safely open the pan. Change the now open/uncovered instant pot settings to sauté mode and pour in the sautéed veggies, the spices, the vinegar, and salt and pepper.
  • Cook on sauté mode uncovered for about 10 mins, stirring occasionally.

Bom Apetite!


    *soaking is optional, but highly recommended 
    **you can add smoked sausage as well 
    ***you can add diced bacon as well