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Delicious Instant Pot Pinto Beans and Ham Hocks Recipe

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A no-soak Instant Pot Pinto Beans and Ham Hocks Recipe that is an incredible side dish to all your Tex-Mex-inspired recipes. This is the best pinto beans recipe I have ever made. Learn how to cook pinto beans.

If you have an Instant Pot, you must cut out a lot of prep and time and try my Southern Instant Pot Pinto Beans Recipe! It is a game-changer and the only way to cook with dry beans.

We love making Instant Pot rice and beans, so cooking dry pinto beans in Instant Pot was on my list. Speed up the crock pot pinto bean recipe and make it in your pressure cooker.

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Instant Pot Pinto Beans Recipe

You make this recipe with ham hocks for a rich, hearty bean that stands out. Serve up at dinner and watch your family or dinner guests go nuts.

Are Pinto Beans Easy To Cook In The Instant Pot

Yes. This is my ultimate pinto bean Instant Pot Recipe. It never fails me, and I always end up with tender and flavorful beans.

Slow-cooker pinto beans are great, but I can become impatient, and my pressure cooker speeds up the process and provides flavorful beans.

pinto beans in yellow bowl with cilantro on top

Pinto Bean Refried Beans

You can also take this Southern pinto beans recipe one step further and mash the beans once cooked to make a homemade refried bean recipe. I enjoy Mexican beans in Instant Pot, which can easily be converted into a refried beans recipe.

Slather it on tortillas, burritos, top taco salads, and more with these hearty refried beans.

Easy No Soak Dry Beans

The pressure cooker allows you to skip soaking your dry beans overnight. Just rinse, toss, and cook as directed for the perfect tender, flavorful pinto beans.

These beans are great for Mexican pinto bean recipes like ranchero beans.

Instant Pot bean soup is another great recipe with beans in your pressure cooker.

What Can I Substitute For Ham Hocks

If you don't have or want to use ham hocks in this pressure cooker pinto bean recipe, that is okay. You can add some ham or even slices of cut-up bacon.

The meat will add an excellent depth of flavor that I think you will enjoy. If you prefer not to use meat, go ahead and skip it. You will find not using meat will affect the overall flavor a bit.

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Why Are My Beans Still Hard

If you are using older beans, you will find they can take a little extra time to cook and tenderize the way you want fully.

If you use older beans, add up to 10 minutes to your cooking time to ensure they break down and tenderize.

Or you can check your beans at the regular cooking time, and if they are not fully tender, close the lid and add 5-10 minutes more to help finish cooking them up.

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Instapot Beans Recipe FAQs

Are pinto beans healthy?

Pinto beans contain fiber, protein, minerals, and vitamins. Cooking pinto beans in a pressure cooker allows you to maximize all the nutrients from your beans.

There are many health benefits to eating beans. Plus, they can help protect against heart disease, aid in digestion, and more.

How long does it take to cook pinto beans in the instant pot?

I pressure-cooked my pinto beans for 45 minutes with 20 minutes of natural release. This will help to soften your dry bean in an Instant Pot to a perfect soft bean to serve up.

Are pinto or black beans healthier?

Black beans are slightly healthier than pinto beans. While they are both full of nutrients, black beans contain fewer carbs and fewer fats. But beans are great to incorporate into your daily diet.

What is the ratio of beans to water?

For my 16-ounce bag of dry pinto beans, I used 5 cups of liquid to make this recipe. The recipe card below shows how to make beans in your pressure cooker. This recipe also has a bit of liquid from the canned tomatoes.

Can you eat pinto beans raw?

Eating raw pinto beans can make you sick and give you a foodborne illness lasting up to five hours or so. Never eat raw beans; make sure they are fully cooked.

What goes well with pinto beans?

Cornbread, bread and butter, fried okra, and more are always great compliments. You will even find that my Instant Pot Collard Greens is also a nice compliment.

Can cooked pinto beans be frozen?

Cooked pinto beans can be frozen for 2-3 months. If you freeze in a container, leave some room at the top for the beans to expand as they freeze.

Then thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat. The texture of the pinto beans can be a bit softer, but overall, they will taste the same.

More Instant Pot Beans Recipes

How to Cook Pinto Beans in Instant Pot

Yield: 10

Instant Pot Pinto Beans Recipe with Ham Hocks

pinto beans in yellow bowl

Instant Pot Pinto Beans Recipe with Ham Hocks is the perfect side dish to serve with any type of Tex-Mex or Mexican inspired recipe. You can also mash the beans to make refried pinto beans.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Pressure Cook Time 45 minutes
Natural Pressure Release Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  1. Rinse and sort beans.
  2. Combine all ingredients for the Instant Pot Pinto Beans recipe in the Instant Pot inner pot.
  3. Close the lid and set pressure valve to sealed.
  4. Cook for a high-pressure time of 45 minutes, allowing for a natural pressure release for this Southern pinto beans recipe.


Slow Cooker Pinto Beans with Ham

You can make this a crockpot pinto beans recipe very easily. To do this, you will use pre-soaked beans. Soak the pinto beans for 8 hours or overnight and then add all the ingredients to your slow cooker. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 6-8 hours, until the beans are fork-tender. Reduce heat when the beans are ready if it's not time to serve the beans.

How To Quick Soak Beans

If you are making this recipe in your crockpot and don't have time to soak your beans for 8 hours or overnight, you can use the quick soak method instead. Rinse and sort your beans as you normally would. Then, add the beans, 8 cups of water, and 1 tablespoon salt to a large pot. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes and then turn off the heat, cover and let sit for an hour. Drain the beans, rinse and then cook in your recipe.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 211Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 15mgSodium 584mgCarbohydrates 32gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 7gSugar 2gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 15g

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I hope you enjoy this Instant Pot pinto beans, no soak version! Let me know what you think!


  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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