Instant Pot Pinto Beans Recipe (Charro Style)

Tasty pinto bean recipe that are great on their own or as in another recipe. Beans are the perfect "instant pot" food! Give this recipe a try!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Pinto Beans Recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 10
Author Carrie Hill


  • 8 slices bacon sliced into lardon (or chopped)
  • 1 lb dry pinto beans
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 - 4 oz Can Green Chiles mild or hot, to your taste
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups beef stock homemade if you have it
  • 2 cloves garlic smashed & minced
  • 1/2 fresh jalapeno minced
  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste


  1. Set your pressure cooker to "Browning" setting and start the bacon browning
  2. While bacon is browning, rinse your dry beans and pick through for any stones or other smutz you might find.
  3. When bacon is crispy, drain and reserve 1-2 Tbsp of your bacon fat, add it back to the instant pot and saute the onions in the bacon fat (or use olive oil if you're health conscious).
  4. When onions are soft, add back in the bacon then addin the pinto beans, water, stock, garlic, seasoning, green chiles.
  5. Place lid and set to high pressure and 45 minutes.
  6. When done, let pressure come off naturally - this will likely take about half an hour. Be patient - if you do a quick pressure release, you'll likely end up with some tough beans.
  7. When you can remove the lid, sample and then salt and pepper to your taste.
  8. Enjoy!