Best Instant Pot Baked Beans

Best Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe: Skip the overnight bean soaking and make Pressure Cooker Baked Beans in less than an hour!

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Best Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe

I know, I know… Anytime you title something “the best” you are drawing a line in the sand. It’s certainly not something I do lightly.

However, after experimenting with many instant pot bean recipes, and specifically baked beans recipes, I feel like I can say with some authority that this is the BEST baked bean recipe we’ve ever made.

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Why is this Pressure Cooker Baked Beans Recipe the Best?

  1. Economy – When you make baked beans from scratch, you can either start with canned pinto or navy beans… Or really make them from scratch and start with dried beans. Canned beans tend to cost 3-4 times what you would pay for an equal amount of cooked dried beans.
  2. Ease – The reason why people still choose canned beans over dried beans, is that normally you have to plan ahead when cooking dried beans. For the absolute best texture, the beans should be soaked overnight. However, did you know you can put dried beans straight into the Instant Pot, unsoaked, and cook them in less than half an hour?! The texture turns out just as if they have soaked overnight.
  3. Intensity – Not only will the texture turn out perfectly soft and silky, pressure cooking the beans with this specific blend of bacon, onions, garlic, peppers, and spices infuses the beans with deep flavor. So they taste as if they’ve been baking for hours.
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That’s right… You can make melt-in-your-mouth tangy-sweet and smoky beans that start with dried beans in less than one hour.

And all your friends will ask for the recipe.

You’re welcome.

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How to Make Baked Beans In the Instant Pot

The key the making the Best Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe is to cook the beans twice.

Don’t be tempted to dump all the ingredients in at once. Most successful pressure cooking methods are not the same as using a slow-cooker.

  1. Therefore, pressure cook the beans in just salted water first, to create the soak effect and partially cook them.
  2. Then take the beans out of the Instant Pot and sauté the bacon and veggies.
  3. Once the remaining ingredients are in the pressure cooker, stir the beans back in and cook a short time longer.

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This twice-cooked method also protects the peppers and onions from cooking into mush.

It’s nice to have a little variation in texture in each bite!

Best Pressure Cooker Bake Beans Key Ingredients

  • Dried Pinto Beans
  • Thick-Cut Bacon
  • Onions, Peppers, Garlic
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Mustard
  • Brown Sugar
  • Liquid Smoke
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There are a a few other pantry-staple ingredients involved.

However, the ingredients above give you the biggest bang for your buck in the flavor department.

It’s best not to skimp them!

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5 from 5 votes

Best Instant Pot Baked Beans

Prep Time
4 mins
Cook Time
44 mins
Total Time
48 mins
Best Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe: Skip the overnight bean soaking and make Pressure Cooker Baked Beans in less than an hour!
Servings: 12
Nutrition Facts
Best Instant Pot Baked Beans
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 286 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 685mg 29%
Potassium 733mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 50g 17%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 24g
Protein 12g 24%
Vitamin A 8.1%
Vitamin C 20.9%
Calcium 7.8%
Iron 13.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



  1. Place the pinto beans, 8 cups of water, and salt in the Instant Pot. Lock the lid into place and set on Pressure Cook High for 25 minutes.

  2. After 25 minutes, turn the Instant Pot off and perform a Quick Release. Once the steam valve button drops it is safe to open the Instant Pot. Pour the cooked beans into a large colander and drain.
  3. Set the Instant Pot on Sauté. Add the bacon. Stir and brown for about 5 minutes. Once the bacon is crispy, add in the chopped onions, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook another 3-4 minutes to soften the vegetables.
  4. Then pour in the beans, barbecue sauce, mustard, tomato paste, liquid smoke, cinnamon, and remaining 1 ¼ cups water. Stir well to coat the beans. Lock the lid into place again. Set on Pressure Cook High for 10 minutes.

  5. Once finished, perform a second Quick Release. Once the valve button drops, open the Instant Pot, stir and serve!

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7 comments on “Best Instant Pot Baked Beans

  1. DCAposted April 20, 2019 at 6:26 pm Reply

    Best recipe I found…Just made a few adjustments, some due to ingredients on hand, some due to personal preference:
    Instead of dried beans, used canned pintos, and picked it up after the dried beans are cooked first time. Only had one can, so cut everything in about half (next time will Luise 2 cans and same amounts).
    Sub’ed ketchup for tomato paste, yellow mustard for spicy brown, and worchestershire (sp?) for liquid smoke. Turned out really good – its like the difference between homemade sloppy joes and canned. :-)

  2. jayposted March 19, 2019 at 8:41 pm Reply

    Looks like a tasty recipe, but it is not correct that there would only be 1 gm of fat per serving if there is a cup of bacon. Bacon contains an average of 42 gms of fat per 100 gms of bacon. assuming that 1 cup volume is at approximately 200 gms, there would be 84 gms of fat in the recipe, which divide by 12 would be 8 gms of fat per serving. It is also impossible that there would be only 1 mg of cholesterol as there would be an average of 220 mgs in 200 gms of bacon, or 18 mgs per serving. Not that it’s not tasty, but just sayin’. Cheers

    • Sommer Collierposted March 25, 2019 at 9:58 am Reply

      Hi Jay,

      We ran the recipe through an exterior recipe calculator (not just the automated built-in calculator for our site) and have adjusted the recipe… However, the facts still come out lower than you suggest. Hope this helps! :)

  3. Emposted March 15, 2019 at 10:00 pm Reply

    Made this today to serve with barbecued burgers for dinner. Excellent recipe! So easy and the flavor was terrific. Everyone raved about them. Thank you!

  4. Lauraposted March 12, 2019 at 10:26 am Reply

    This is my new go-to BBQ side dish!

  5. Lizposted March 11, 2019 at 12:10 pm Reply

    LOVE this recipe! Making this weekend to have with burgers!

  6. Bethposted March 11, 2019 at 10:23 am Reply

    These look and sound delicious! I am making them this week! Hubby is going to love them!!