Cooking Pinto Beans from scratch in the Instant Pot couldn't be easier! With this simple no-soak Instant Pot Pinto Beans Recipe, you can make the perfect, creamy, comforting dish that can be used as a main protein or side.
Weigh or measure the beans. Rinse them in a fine-mesh strainer and do a quick check for stones or debris. Set the beans aside.
Turn the Instant Pot onto the "saute" setting.
Dice the onion, add it to the instant pot with a pinch of salt, and cook for 3 minutes, or until the onion starts to turn translucent.
Add the seasonings and stir to combine. Add the water and the beans. Give everything another stir.
Place the lid on the Instant Pot in the locked position. Turn the handle to sealing. Then press the button for pressure cook (manual on some models). Set the time for 50 minutes.
When the time has elapsed let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes and then flip the handle to venting. **Always wait for the float valve to return to the pressure released state before opening the lid of the Instant Pot.**
Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Garnish with cilantro and a squeeze of lime and serve right away or store for later.