How to Cook Dried Beans in the Instant Pot {Soaked or Unsoaked!}

Do you know how to cook dried beans in the Instant Pot? I love being able to cook unsoaked beans in my Instant Pot and it’s totally doable! If you want to soak yours first, you have my permission to keep on soaking! 🙂 I’ll tell you the perfect way to cook dried beans both ways.

How to Cook Dried Beans in the Instant Pot {Soaked or Unsoaked!}

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How to Cook Dried Beans in the Instant Pot

One of the things I love the most about my Instant Pot is the ability to cook unsoaked dried beans relatively quickly. My Instant Pot has transformed the way I cook dried beans. I never remember to soak beans the night before and the ability to simply omit that step is so lovely!

We eat a lot of beans here at SimplifyLiveLove. I add them to taco meat to stretch the meat, they’re a staple in my kids’ favorite taco soup, and we make a lot of refried beans for bean burritos, nachos, and more. Dried beans are frugal, healthy, and easy to make and we love them!

how to cook unsoaked dried beans in the instant pot

Cooking Time for Dried Beans in the Instant Pot

I primarily cook three different types of beans: pinto beans, black beans, and kidney beans. But I have all types of beans in my pantry and so I’m sharing this handy chart of cooking times for nine different types of beans. Soak them, or don’t soak them. That’s your call.

Bean Type Soaked Unsoaked
Black Beans 10-15 minutes 22-27 minutes
Black-Eyed Peas 5-10 minutes 10-15 minutes
Cannellini Beans 10-15 minutes 30-35 minutes
Garbanzo Beans 15-20 minutes 35-40 minutes
Kidney Beans 10-15 minutes 25-30 minutes
Lentils 12-17 minutes
Navy Beans 10-15 minutes 20-25 minutes
Pinto Beans 10-15 minutes 25-30 minutes
Split Peas 5-10 minutes

How to choose a cooking time for unsoaked dried beans

How I choose a cooking time depends primarily on my end goal for the beans. If I plan to use the beans in another recipe, meaning they will continue cooking after I take them out of the Instant Pot, I will cook them for fewer minutes. For instance, if I’m using black beans in my taco meat, I’ll cook them for around 22 minutes instead of 27. But if I’m not putting them in another recipe, I will cook them for longer in the Instant Pot so they come out softer instead of al dente. I cook pinto beans for 28 minutes, for instance, instead of 25 if I’m making refried beans.


In addition to the beans, you’ll also need a good quality oil and salt as well. I prefer to cook with unrefined salt as regular ole table salt has been bleached and has a lot of additives that I’d rather avoid. My favorite type of salt is REAL Salt from the Great Salt Lake in Utah. I love its pretty colors and it has a nice taste and lots of healthy qualities too. There are so many different types of salt. We only use table salt for crafts.

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Some things to be careful about when cooking dried beans in the Instant Pot

Make sure you do not over fill your IP when cooking beans or it will foam and boil over. While the oil helps reduce foaming, one pound of beans (2 cups) is the maximum you can cook in a 6 quart Instant Pot. I know, that saddens me too, but it’s not worth the mess to cook more. 🙁 Also, use high pressure and a natural release for best results.

How to Cook Dried Beans in the Instant Pot
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried beans, rinsed and sorted
  • 8 cups water
  • 3 TBS oil
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients to instant pot.
  2. Seal the lid and cook on high pressure for the time specified in the chart.
  3. Manually release pressure and enjoy.
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And that’s it, my friends, how to cook dried beans in the Instant Pot! It’s totally worth the price of the Instant Pot to me, just for the ability to cook dried beans in a relatively short amount of time! Do you cook beans in your Instant Pot? I’d love to hear if you soak them, or skip it!

Do you know how to cook dried beans in the instant pot without soaking? It is possible and this handy chart will help you get beans right every time!

 

Make Ahead Appetizer Recipe – Baked Taco Empanadas

A delicious appetizer perfect to make ahead and serve at parties or for a main dinner course as well, these Baked Taco Empanadas are very tasty {and freezer friendly too}!

Make Ahead Appetizer Recipe - Baked Taco Empanadas

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You guys know that my family is crazy about tacos. So crazy, that I made an entire weekly menu that featured nothing but tacos or taco derivatives. It’s genius actually. Make a huge pot of taco meat using my favorite recipe and homemade taco seasoning, and feed it to the family ALL. WEEK. LONG. lol!

Well, this recipe is another creative way to turn leftover taco meat into something just a little bit different. And wouldn’t you know, it makes a great appetizer too! They take a while to make, but you can do most of the work ahead of time so you can stay out of the kitchen and socialize during the Big Game!

Baked Taco Empanadas

To make this recipe, the first thing to do is make the empanada dough. It’s pretty easy to do if you use your food processor, but if you don’t have one, you can totally mix by hand as well.

Make sure to give yourself enough time for 50 minutes of cooling – 30 minutes of cooling after you make the dough and another 20 minutes of cooling after you’ve put the empanadas together.

roll out the empanada dough

After the dough has cooled for 30 minutes, roll it out and cut it into circles. You can use a circle dough cutter or a mug if you want. I don’t have a biscuit cutter (but I used to!) so I used one of my Starbucks mugs.

taco empanadas - add toppings

Now add 1-2 TBS cooked taco meat, this is my favorite recipe here, a bit of cheese and fold the empanadas. Seal with a fork, brush with egg white wash, and chill for 20 more minutes in the fridge.

taco empanadas

Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes on a sheet pan {these are my favorite sheet pans, by the way}, serve with dippers like sour cream, guacamole, and salsa. Enjoy!

Freezer Friendly Baked Taco Empanadas from scratch

Yields 24 empanadas

Make Ahead Appetizer Recipe – Baked Taco Empanadas

1 hrPrep Time

12 minCook Time

1 hr, 12 Total Time

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Ingredients

    For the Empanada Dough
  • 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup ice cold water
  • 1 egg white for an egg wash.
  • For the Filling
  • 1/2 lb of your favorite taco meat
  • 8 ounces shredded cheese
  • assorted toppings: sour cream, guacamole, salsa

Instructions

    For the Dough
  1. Make the dough in a food processor by first mixing flour and salt.
  2. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles peas.
  3. Add in egg and water and pulse until a nice, soft dough forms.
  4. If it's too wet, add a bit more flour. If it's too dry, add a bit more water, 1 tbs at a time.
  5. Make a dough ball and chill in plastic wrap in the fridge for 30 minutes - 1 hour.
  6. For the Empanadas
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  8. Roll out dough and cut into circles using a biscuit cutter or a cup if you don't have one.
  9. Add 1-2 TBS taco meat and cheese.
  10. Fold over the top and seal the sides with your fork.
  11. Brush the top of the empanadas with egg white wash.
  12. Chill the empanadas for 20 minutes.
  13. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
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The nice thing about these baked taco empanadas is the recipe is also freezer friendly! You can make them up ahead of time and freeze the unbaked empanadas. Then on game day, pull out the frozen beauties in the morning and let them thaw out, then pop them in the oven and bake according to the directions above! How awesome is that? Homemade appetizers with little effort on game day.

60+ More Appetizer Ideas! 

With the football season coming to a close, it’s time to start thinking about Big Game parties and inevitably, the recipes you will make and bring to yours! In preparation, I’ve teamed up with my football blogger friends in one final collaboration to bring you some brilliant Big Game recipe ideas. We’ve made appetizers, entrees, desserts and even drinks. Prepare to be inspired, and be sure to check out their links below!

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Classic Potato Salad by Celebrating Family
Chili Cheese Burritos by Love Bakes Good Cakes
Fruit Spring Rolls with Key Lime Cheesecake Dip by Body Rebooted
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sliders by Dash of Herbs
Mediterranean Seven Layer Dip by The Culinary Compass
Chicks in a Blanket with Apricot Sauce by Mom’s Messy Miracles
Jalapeno Pale Ale Chili by Beer Girl Cooks
Jalapeno Popper Pull Apart Bread by The Life Jolie
Sausage Pepperoni Pizza Dip by Feast + West
Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls by Family Food on the Table

Mini Bacon Ranch Cheese Balls by Honey & Birch
Cookie Dough Cheese Ball by Bread Booze Bacon
Hawaiian Pizza Jalapeno Poppers by Love & Flour
Meatloaf Sliders by Foodtastic Mom
Wonton Taco Cups by A Mind Full Mom
Pancetta and Smoked Mozzarella Arancini by The Secret Ingredient Is
Bean and Cheese Taco Bites by The BakerMama
Monte Cristo Poppers by See Aimee Cook
Chile Beer Sangria by Cake ‘n Knife
Low Carb Stuffed Crust Pizza by Sustaining the Powers

Puff Pastry Pizza Bites by The Mexitalian
No Churn Pistachio Baklava Ice Cream by Club Narwhal
Roasted Jalapeno Poppers by Off the Eaten Path
Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese by Hello Little Home
Jalapeno Popper Chicken Wings by Around My Family Table
Gluten Free Bread Sticks by What A Girl Eats
Cheesy Beef Dip by Polka Dotted Blue Jay
Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs by The Crumby Cupcake
Greek Meatballs by Two Places at Once

Cheese Sticks by Coffee Love Travel
Bacon Wrapped Blue Cheese Meatballs by West via Midwest
Puff Pastry Bacon Pizza Twists by 2 Cookin Mamas
Skillet Chicken Queso Dip by foodbyjonister
Spicy Sausage Rolls by Peanut Blossom
Protein Dark Chocolate Truffles by The Creative Bite
Chickpea Pepper Cheese Poppers by Bucket List Tummy
Maple Cranberry Apple Sangria by Order in the Kitchen
Meyer Lemon Shandies by The Speckled Palate
Game Day Fried Deviled Eggs with Chow Chow Relish by For the Love of Food

Buffalo Chicken Eggrolls by Simple and Savory
Pastrami Nachos by A Little Gathering
Shrimp Ceviche Dip by Glisten and Grace
Football Bourbon Balls + Boozy Lemonade by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Apple Cider Mimosas With A Sparkly Sugar Rim by And She Cooks
Pulled Pork Stuffed Corn Dogs by Nik Snacks
Easy Pepperoni Rolls by Me and My Pink Mixer
Real Boneless Chicken Wings by Macheesmo
Califlower Tater Tots by Living Well Kitchen
Cheeseburger Naan Pizza by Shaws Simple Swaps

Red Velvet Ginger Rum Balls by Cafe Terra
Crab Rangoon by Brunch-n-Bites
Sweet n’ Spicy BBQ Popcorn by Life’s Ambrosia
Buffalo Chicken Rolls by Loves Food, Loves to Eat
Crowd Pleasing Steak Fajita Dip by Lizzy is Dizzy
Sriracha Hummus Pinwheel Sandwiches by Casa de Crews
Simlple Meatball Sub Sliders by Loaves & Dishes
Maple-Mustard Bacon Chicken Bites by An Oregon Cottage
Soft Pretzels with Beer Cheese & Honey Mustard Dipping Sauces by A Simpler Grace
Ricotta Stuffed Sausage Meatballs by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

Please note: This post is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by the National Football League (NFL) or any of its teams. All opinions and views expressed on our blogs are our own, not that of the NFL and/or any of its 32 teams. Any team names, logos or other symbols referenced are properties of their respective organizations. We are just big fans — and we want to share our love for our teams, the game and the food that brings us all together on game day.

Will you watch the big game? What are you eating and who are you rooting for?

Baked Taco Empanandas - Freezer friendly from scratch appetizer recipe

15 Healthy Make-Ahead Freezer Meals

Happy New Year! If this is the year you plan to incorporate more healthy food into your diets, this post is for you! My freezer is empty and I need more healthy make-ahead freezer meals. Here are 15 recipes I either have tried, or am excited to try!
Healthy make-ahead freezer meals

Having prepared meals in my freezer saves me more often than I can tell you. When I don’t have meals in the freezer, take-out pizza and other unhealthy options rule. Take a few extra minutes when preparing a meal and double the recipe. Put one in the freezer, and voila! Another meal for a busy day with minimal effort = drive through avoided!

Unfortunately, even thought I KNOW that freezer meals save me big, I’ve gotten off the bandwagon in the last year and have been pretty lazy in the kitchen. This January, I’m taking it back. Staring this week, I will double at least ONE recipe and put at least ONE meal a week into my freezer. Here are the recipes I’m considering this first week in January.

15 Healthy Make-Ahead Freezer Meals

Make Ahead Freezer Meals

Stuffed Taco Shells – Shugary Sweets

Healthy Homemade Hot Pockets – Happy Money Saver

Quick & Healthy Bean Burritos {for the freezer} – Wallflower Kitchen

Healthy Make Ahead Freezer Meals

Freezer Friendly Baked Ziti – I Wash You Dry

Spinach Mozzarella Meatloaf – Simplify Live Love

Chicken, Broccoli, Bacon & Potato Bake – Kylee Cooks

Healthy Hearty Make Ahead Freezer Meals

Our Favorite Taco Meat – make a large batch perfect for the freezer – Simplify Live Love

Three Bean Chili – Cadry’s Kitchen

Ground Beef Stroganoff – Simplify Live Love

Healthy Chicken Make Ahead Freezer Meals

Freezer Crispy Cheddar Chicken – Mommy Savers

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie – Meal Planning Magic

Chicken Parmesan Casserole Recipe {An Easy Freezer Meal} – Thriving Home

Healthy Make Ahead Casseroles for the Freezer

Three-Cheese Penne – Skinny Mom

Make Ahead Lasagna Recipe with Cottage Cheese & Secret Veggies  – Simplify Live Love

Easy Taco Casserole Recipe – Eating on a Dime

What are you waiting for? Check out these recipes and start cooking for your freezer! If you want more freezer friendly recipes, I’ve got a whole category of tried and true freezer friendly recipes!

More posts to help you save time and money in the kitchen:

25 Genius Meal Prep Ideas

Homemade baking mix recipes to help you cook from scratch

15 Ways to save money on organic food

Prep ahead weekly meal plan perfect for fall

5 Practical tips to help you start cooking from scratch

Get your healthy eating back on track with this collection of 5 make ahead healthy freezer meals! Make one for dinner and another to freeze. A quick and easy way to fill your freezer.

Healthy make-ahead freezer meals
Healthy make-ahead freezer meals

Effortless French Onion Soup from Scratch

 Have you thought about making French Onion Soup from scratch but have been scared away by chopping and cooking all those onions? What if I told you that you don’t actually have to do any of that to get a fabulous soup? YUP! I have the solution and a giveaway to make it happen. You’re welcome. 🙂

French Onion Soup from scratch. Made in the Bellini by Cedar Lane, this soup literally takes about 10 minutes of prep time to make.

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French Onion Soup from Scratch

A while back, I recieved a Bellini Kitchen Master to try out. Honestly, it’s been sitting in my kitchen for weeks collecting dust because #1, I was intimidated by it, and #2, I didn’t think I would like it, and #3, I’ve just been dang busy, you guys. Busy travel schedule, fourth quarter blogging craziness, and kid activities on steroids – it’s just been a bit much. I admit it.

But I knew I had to try that thing out because the company wants me to give one to a lucky reader!, and honestly, all of the excuses I just listed mean I REALLY need to use the Bellini that much more. Because it is seriously easy and does a great job as a kitchen helper, especially for the lazy cook like me. After perusing through the cookbooks that came with the machine, I finally decided to make French Onion Soup.

Effortless French Onion Soup from Scratch

French Onion Soup is something my husband has been begging me to make for quite some time, but I never made it for him before. Honestly, the thought of chopping and cooking all of those onions just makes me cringe. But the Bellini promised minimal effort on my part, so it’s the recipe I chose. And boy was it easy! And Delicious!!!

To make this soup:

bellini makes french onion soup from scratch super easy by chopping the onions for you.

Peel and quarter onions and throw them with some butter into the Bellini. Chop them in the Bellini. (it takes 25 seconds). No crying. No running mascara. No hurting hands. Onion chopping bliss. 😀

Cook the French Onion Soup from scratchin the Bellini by Cedar Lane

Cook the chopped onion and the butter for an hour (not once do you have to stir them because the machine does it for you), add the liquids and herbs and cook again for 45 minutes.

Top French Onion Soup with bread and cheese and melt in the oven.

Top with bread and cheese and melt in the oven. DONE! Restaurant quality French Onion Soup from scratch for seriously ridiculous lack of effort. WIN!

Now if you don’t have a Bellini, you can still make this recipe. Just chop those onions by hand, throw them in a pot and stir and stir and stir. Add the liquids, and stir and stir some more. Then top with bread and cheese, melt, and enjoy. Not a big deal to make this recipe even by hand, honestly. But the Bellini makes this recipe oh so easy.

French Onion Soup from scratch. Made in the Bellini by Cedar Lane, this soup literally takes about 10 minutes of prep time to make.

By the way, you can cook this soup ahead of time and store it in your fridge for three days. You can also freeze it for up to six months. It’s my new favorite lunch recipe.

How about a printable recipe?

Yields 4 servings

Effortless French Onion Soup Recipe {And giveaway…}

A rich, homemade, and EFFORTLESS French Onion Soup!

5 minPrep Time

2 hrCook Time

2 hr, 5 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 pounds Vidalia onions (about 4 medium), quarted
  • 1 teaspoon REAL Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 TBS unbleached white flour
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups homemade beef broth or good quality store-bought beef broth
  • For the bread
  • 1/2 loaf French bread
  • garlic clove
  • 1 cup (or more) shredded Gruyere Cheese

Instructions

  1. Add butter and quartered onions to the Bellini and chop on speed 1 for 15 seconds. Make sure the lid is secured on your machine or it won't turn on.
  2. Turn the heat on to 100 C and cook for one hour on speed 1. Remove the measuring cap from the lid.
  3. Next add the wine, beef broth, spices, and flour, and cook 45 more minutes at 100 C on speed 1.
  4. While it's cooking, slice up a nice French bread, two pieces per bowl. Place in 400 degree oven and cook for 1 minute per side, until the bread is dry but not brown. Rub a garlic clove over one side of the bread and set aside.
  5. Once the Bellini has finished cooking, ladle soup into oven-safe bowls and place on a rimmed baking sheet.
  6. Top the soup with bread and shredded Gruyere cheese.
  7. Transfer baking sheet to oven and broil until cheese is melted and bubbling, 4 to 8 minutes.
  8. If you don't have oven safe bowls, you can put the bread on parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake in the oven, then top the soup with the bread.
  9. Enjoy!
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Curious about the Bellini by Cedarlane?

This incredible machine mixes, blends, weighs, steams, stirs, whips, emulsifies, grinds, heats, cooks, chops AND kneads your freshest ingredients.It can even brew fresh coffee – although I haven’t tried that.

Following is a short video you can watch if you’d like to see it in action.

The Bellini Kitchen Master retails for between $500-$600 at Best Buy, Kohls, Walmart, and more, but you can buy one for $379.05 on Amazon right now! I’m also giving one away…

Want to win a Bellini? Just enter the rafflecopter form below! Good luck!

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French Onion Soup from scratch. Made in the Bellini by Cedar Lane, this soup literally takes about 10 minutes of prep time to make.