This is an easy homemade Instant Pot pinto bean soup recipe that is packed with flavor and can be vegetarian soup too! Load it up with vegetables and there’s no soaking required to start from scratch. Use dry pinto beans to make this healthy pressure cooker soup.
If you’re looking for an easy and healthy pressure cooker soup this flavorful Instant Pot pinto bean soup should be on the menu this week! I have to be honest, I made this up on the fly. Ended up being thrilled that it came out so yummy the first time around!! You see I found some bags of dry pinto beans at the Dollar Store and I figured I could make something out of them for dinner. I saw I had celery, carrots, onions, garlic and chicken stock. So I went from there. My family loved it so much I made it in my Crock Pot Express the following week too(pic above). Now one of our favorite Instant Pot recipes. Perfect for any time of year. NO soaking beans required! (originally published 4/18, affiliate links present)
I had tasted pinto soup before but had never made it myself.
Once I made this Instant Pot pinto bean soup I was ready to cook with dry beans even more!
Pressure cooking soups are game changers. I made this pressure cooker bean soup earlier this month using Northern Beans. Amazing is all I have to. It is similar to this recipe though I packed it with more veggies and of course used pinto beans.
I love the fact that there is no soaking required. You can make a pot of beans in your Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi or Crock Pot Express in about 50 minutes. Just throw them in with some water, add salt, include a ham hock if you want, and lock the lid.
- Then follow the times on this Instant Pot cooking times for beans printable.
- Natural release is usually best
Of course with any recipe feel free to add more vegetables or omit one that you don’t care for. If you want to make some Instant Pot pinto bean soup that is vegetarian, just use vegetable broth.
This is what you need
- Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi or Crock Pot Express – I have them all, here’s a great post sharing the differences
- Pinto beans – dry in the bag
- Chicken broth – or vegetable broth
- Diced chiles – I use canned
- Diced tomatoes – I like petite diced
- Could add bacon bits or saute some diced bacon and add in
- Water – for the initial cooking of the beans
If you’re making this pinto bean soup in your Crock Pot Express the only real difference is that you use the brown button instead of saute. The rest are the same buttons and work perfect.
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Note: Cook time for beans will vary just slightly depending on how tender you like them. We find this timing to be best for us.
Instant Pot Pinto Bean Soup
- Put water and dry beans in your Instant Pot or Crock Pot Express pot, close steam valve, and push the bean button and set time to 60 minutes.
- Allow to naturally release for 5-10 minutes and then drain water, put beans aside.
- Push the saute button on your Instant Pot or brown button on your CPE and melt your butter, then add your diced onions and spices and cook until onions start to soften. Turn pot off.
- Add all other ingredients into your pot, stir, and put lid back on.
- Close steam valve and push the soup button, high setting for 7 minutes.
- Serve!! I like it with some parmesan cheese on top too.
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