The most amazing no soak Instant Pot baked beans you’ll ever eat! Perfectly cooked in your pressure cooker with no pre soaking required. They’re a great sweet and savory side dish for Fourth of July or any barbecue.
Yes you can buy canned baked beans, and they’re pretty good, but these are the most amazing no soak Instant Pot baked beans you will ever make! It’s one of our favorite side dish Instant Pot recipes I tell you. You’ve got to try them. (originally published 6/17, affiliate links present)
Ninja Foodi Baked Beans
We love homemade baked beans with burgers during the week when we don’t have people over too. It’s an easy and delicious side dish. This is just one of our many Instant Pot bean recipes you can choose from. 😉 You can make it as a Ninja Foodi recipe too.
If you have always been intimidated by those bags of dried beans at the store, pick up a bag and we will show you how to make them! It is easy and you will see how much better homemade is than canned. A world of difference and you can customize them to your taste buds every go around.
Let’s start with a few basic tips:
- Make sure to Bookmark our InstaPot recipes page. We add new ones each week!
- Then PRINT this —–> Instant Pot cooking times cheat sheet that will help you understand how long meat, vegetables and beans take to cook in your pressure cooker.
For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.
Instant Pot baked beans
Without the need to soak your beans overnight it just takes about an hour and a half from start to finish! Can you believe that? If you have ever tried to make these on the stovetop this might blow your mind. The old fashioned way required a lot more patience and paying attention to your pot. This is throw it in and leave it y’all.
If you’re looking to wow guests without slaving over the stove This. Is. IT. You can load them up with bacon and/or give them a little kick with some chili powder. Customize them to your liking we say, that is the best thing about making things from scratch.
This recipe has raving reviews and has been taken to countless potlucks where others have asked for the recipe. Please do share if that happens at your get together so others can enjoy the YUM at home themselves. 😉
Cooking beans in a pressure cooker is easier than you might think. I have done it many times and each time they come out tender and full of flavor. Unlike taking all day long soaking and cooking on low in your slow cooker, this high pressure method gets them done in a fraction of that time. And they may be even better that way. 😉
Homemade baked beans
- Homemade is always best because you know EXACTLY what is in the recipe you’re eating. No more preservatives packed in the cans on that store shelf going into your body.
- When cooking dry beans in a pressure cooker you can control how soft they turn out. I don’t like mushy baked beans personally but others might like a little more time.
- You can adjust how sweet your beans are too. Like sticky sweet? Add a few more Tbsp of sugar. Tone it down with a few Tablespoons less than directed. It’s totally up to you.
- They are super cheap to make. I am talking an entire pot that will feed 10 for under $5 bucks my friends. AND everyone will think you’re a genius because these not only taste like copycat Bush’s baked beans but they are WAY better too.
The heat level can be tailored for your liking, make mild or add tons of spice if you like. I would start small and adjust at the end for your first go around. There are a few options if you want them a bit spicy. One is Sriracha or Tabasco….usual choices, but red pepper flakes could be used as well.
Baked Beans in the Pressure Cooker
You can adjust the spice level but I keep ours on the milder side. I do add a bit of chili powder just because it adds a great flavor to the homemade baked bean sauce I use to make these.
You could definitely kick it up another notch and almost double the amount of that to give it a spicier flavor. Either way the beans turn out tender, the sauce is thick, sweet, and with chunks of bacon inside they are just….oh my goodness good!
- If you don’t have an Instant Pot I HIGHLY recommend one.
I was hesitant at first and stuck with my crockpot but once I got the hang of it I couldn’t stop creating new, quick, and delicious meals that were done in usually under 30 minutes!
Any brand of pressure cooker will work for this recipe as well if you are attached to what you have. I too have a few different ones including a Mealthy and Crockpot Express. They all work the same way basically. From mom to mom this 7 in 1 device has made making dinners SO much easier.
Baked beans in Instant Pot
This is what you’re going to need to pick up so you can make a big pot of these yourself. Remember you can adjust the heat with your ingredient of choice as far as that goes. These are mild as written below.
- Dry pinto beans
- Cups of water to soften dry beans
- I tend to use room temp. vs. cold water
- Bacon – optional
- Brown sugar
- Dry mustard
- White wine vinegar – this is the one I have
Some people have added a touch of maple syrup, this is optional. I think this recipe is sweet enough as is so the only thing we ever tweak is if I want to make it a bit spicy or not. Depends on whom is coming over or if I am just making it for my family as far as that is concerned.
Baked Beans from Dry Beans
Here are a few questions you might have before you get started on this recipe;
Typically navy beans are used in those you would buy in a can and already made. You just need to heat those up before eating. Pinto beans are also used, it is up to you which you prefer.
We are here to show you how to do just that. Ours are sweet and savory using molasses, brown sugar and some bacon and ketchup to cut the sweetness. Our Instant Pot baked beans are to die for!
Can you make baked beans without soaking overnight?
When using a pressure cooker there is no soaking required. If you use your stovetop or oven, you’ll want to soak for 12 hours or so beforehand. I have made this in my slow cooker Crockpot and I don’t bother soaking those beforehand either. For digestive purposes some people insist on it either way, that is personal preference.
Add hot dogs at the end and follow our Instant Pot beans and franks recipe for another family winner for dinner too!
Ninja Foodi Baked Beans Recipe
Why is pressure cooking better than making homemade baked beans on the stovetop or slow cooker?
- They turn out perfectly every time
- Cooking and softening dry beans in the Instant Pot is MUCH faster. Use this Instant Pot cooking times for beans for times
- no soaking overnight
- beans go from dry to perfectly soft in about 60 min.
- you can see here what we mean, as well as peeking at our Instant Pot black beans from dry to perfect
- NO need to stand at the stove to cook them
- cooking the beans this way you just throw all the ingredients in and walk away
BUT if you love your crock here is our Crockpot baked beans recipe to try too!
Looking for more easy side dishes? If you are having a barbecue or party with friends you may want to try all the things. Something that is done in 25 minutes or less is all my style. I would rather be able to prep things ahead of time so I can actually enjoy myself too. You shouldn’t be in the kitchen while others enjoy your creations.
- Easy ambrosia recipe is sweet and a favorite for kids. I always make this during the holidays but have expanded since it is always such a bit hit with everyone.
- Pressure cooker refried beans are fabulous for Taco Tuesdays and much lower in saturated fat than if you bought it canned or at a restaurant
- Our homemade pressure cooker pinto beans are great too
- Make a Simple potato salad for every bbq with hamburgers
Read the reviews below, everyone says this is a great recipe and has become their go to dish. Some like a dash of liquid smoke if you love that flavor with your burgers. Others prefer a bit sweeter so they increase the sugar by 1 Tbsp more. Adjust as you like. Like spice….add a dash of Tabasco or Sriracha too.
Let us know how or if you tweak these yourself. We make them quite often, especially during the summertime and like to adjust here and there to try something new. Our last go around I added 1 Tbsp of dry Sriracha powder which made it medium heat with a killer flavor. Another great option for y’all. Make it a great one friends!
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I have a printable recipe card at the very bottom here but I wanted to share quickly how these were made. Remember that once these are done they will continue to thicken as they sit. I have not doubled this as I use a 6 quart pot and that would not work. Generally I don’t double as timing will change and may cause issues.
Time needed: 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Instant Pot Baked Beans
Rinse your beans, put inside your Instant Pot or pressure cooker with 6 cups of water and 1 tsp. salt.
- Cook beans
Put lid on, close steam valve and set Instant Pot to the bean setting, normal, for 60 minutes. Do a natural release when done and lift lid carefully. Drain beans and set aside.
- Add ingredients
Mix together all other ingredients except for bacon and onions and set aside. Dice onion and bacon. Set Instant Pot to saute, normal setting.
Pour a few tbsp. olive oil into Instant pot and add your bacon and onion. Cook until onions have softened. Turn pressure cooker off (important step). Deglaze pot to get brown bits off.
- Cook again
Add your beans back into your Instant Pot or pressure cooker.
Whisk sauce again (sugar will settle to the bottom), and pour over bean mixture. Stir gently.
Put lid on, close valve, and set Instant Pot to bean, normal setting for 30 minutes (if you want them REALLY soft set to a bit longer but we think this is perfect).
Do a natural release and lift lid carefully.
Can serve immediately or if you want sauce to thicken set to saute normal again and stir slowly as it boils for 4-5 minutes, then let it sit for about 15 minutes – 20 minutes for sauce to become thick! Leave in IP to stay warm with top ajar.
No Soak Instant Pot Baked Beans
- Rinse your beans, put inside your Instant Pot or pressure cooker with 6 cups of water and 1 tsp. salt.
- Put lid on, close steam valve and set Instant Pot to the bean setting, normal, for 60 minutes.
- Do a natural release when done and lift lid carefully.
- Drain beans and set aside.
- Mix together all other ingredients except for bacon and onions and set aside.
- Dice onion and bacon. Set Instant Pot to saute, normal setting.
- Pour a few tbsp. olive oil into Instant pot and add your bacon and onion.
- Cook until onions have softened. Turn pressure cooker off (important step so it doesn’t say burn when you put it on pressure setting again). Deglaze pot (meaning scrape bacon bits off bottom, can add a bit of water to get bits off so burn notice doesn’t appear)
- Add your beans back into your Instant Pot or pressure cooker.
- Whisk sauce again (sugar will settle to the bottom), and pour over bean mixture.
- Stir gently.
- Put lid on, close valve, and set Instant Pot to bean, normal setting for 30 minutes (if you want them REALLY soft set to a bit longer but we think this is perfect).
- Do a natural release and lift lid carefully. Can serve immediately or if you want sauce to thicken set to saute normal again and stir slowly as it boils for 4-5 minutes, then let it sit for about 10 minutes for sauce to become thick! Leave in IP to stay warm with top ajar.