Instant Pot Texas Pinto Beans

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Instant Pot Texas Pinto Beans

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Adjust Servings:
1 pound dry Pinto Beans
1 brick Salt Pork
2 strips Bacon
1 medium Onion chopped
1/2 large Green Pepper chopped
4 cloves Fresh Garlic
1 Tablespoon Beef Soup Base
5 cups Water
1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
2 teaspoons Lawry's Season Salt
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
2 leaves Bay Leaves
a few shakes Red Pepper Flakes
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

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instant pot pinto beans
Pinto beans are a Texas favorite, and since I’ve lived in Texas for over 30 years, I thought it was high time I learned to cook them.  What better way to cook them than in the Instant pot? I watched many videos on cooking beans in the instant pot, and, of course, I’ve already cooked my bean soup in the instant pot, so how hard can it be?  Turns out, not hard at all!  This isn’t just a throw the beans in and wait an hour type recipe, but it is very satisfying with a little cornbread when it’s all over.  Basically it involves cooking the salt pork or ham hock or whatever meat you’ve decided to use first, and then adding the beans and spices afterward.  So, two steps.  Not too bad right?

I used salt pork for my meat and tried to pick a meaty piece with enough fat to render a little oil in the bottom of the kettle.  I also added a couple of pieces of bacon for the same purpose.  I highly recommend this because the bacon in the beans was a wonderful addition!  Once the bacon and salt pork was rendered, I took out the salt pork (leave the bacon in) and added onions, garlic and green pepper to cook until transluscent.  I think it adds more flavor when you do this and you don’t get any crunchy onions in your beans.  Once the vegetables are done, add a cup of broth–I don’t think it really matters what kind, but I used beef broth–and some water to cover the pork and cook for 30 minutes.  At this point, I put the beans in some water to sort them and soak them just a touch.  Once that’s done, take out the salt pork and cut it into cubes.  Throw them back in with the beans, add spices, let cook for an hour and you’re all set!  Let me just say, there wasn’t a morsel left for lunch today.  Enjoy!

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Plug in the Instant Pot and push the saute button.


Put the salt pork in the pot fat side down along with the bacon and cook until the bacon is brown and fat is in the bottom of the pot.


Take out the salt pork and put in the onions, garlic and green pepper with the bacon and fat. Cook until onion is translucent.


Mix 1 cup of the water and the soup base until it is dissolved, add the pork back into the pot and pour the soup base mixture over all.


Add 4 cups water, cumin and chili powder and replace lid. Make sure the steam valve is set to sealing.


Set the Instant pot to meat/stew and adjust the minutes until it says 30.


Quick release and take out the salt pork.


Add the beans and remaining spices and slice up the salt pork into cubes and add back into the pot.


Add another two cups of water and set the pot to soup/stew and adjust the time to 60 minutes. Recheck to make sure you have set the valve to sealing.


After the beeper sounds, you can let it NPR (jnatural pressure release) or QR (quick release) for some of the best beans you'll ever eat. :)

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