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

The Instant Pot has been a real game changer for my family – especially its ability to quickly cook dried beans with no pre-soaking! If you want to learn how to cook all sorts of dried beans in a pressure cooker, this post is for you!

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

How to Cook Dried Beans in the Instant Pot

Do you know how to cook Instant Pot Beans? Beans can be tricky in the Instant Pot. Sometimes it seems like they come out hard and undercooked and sometimes they are cracked and overcooked. Learn how to get perfect beans every time this post. It doesn’t matter if you cook soaked beans or un-soaked beans in the Instant Pot – learn the tricks to get them both just right! While both ways are totally doable with these useful tips, we prefer no pre-soaking of the beans!

One of the things I love the most about my Instant Pot is the ability to cook un-soaked 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. They are frugal and I always have them in my pantry. Our favorite types of beans to stock in the pantry are black or turtle beans, kidney beans, and pinto beans. I buy them in bulk and store them in 5 gallon buckets. 

Keeping a stocked pantry helps me cook from scratch and having rice and dried beans on hands means we almost always have something to cook in a pinch. Curious what I always have on hand in my pantry to cook from scratch? Read this helpful post on pantry essentials and grab my free checklist so you can stock your pantry too!

Besides that, beans are quite healthy. They are a fabulous way to added necessary protein to your diet, they are high in amino acids, they are rich in polyphenols, and they are lower in calories and fat than other protein sources. Learn more about health properties of beans here.

What do we do with beans?

Like I said, beans are a staple at my house and I almost always have a container of cooked beans in my fridge ready for some purpose. 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 pinto beans for bean burritos, nachos, and more. We also often have rice and bean bowls with guacamole and all the fixins. We also use dried beans in the best chili ever – also made right in your instant pot!

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Time Chart 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. 

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Note: All times are in 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.

Water to Bean Ratio for Pressure Cooking Dried Beans 

The water to bean ratio for cooking dried beans in the instant pot is 4 cups water to 1 cup beans. One pound of dried beans is two cups, so you need 8 cups of water to cook one pound of dried beans in the pressure cooker.



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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 Instant Pot beans

Make sure you do not overfill your pressure cooker 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.

That said, I cook 4 cups of beans successfully in my 8 qt. Pressure cooker. I highly recommend the 8 qt Instant Pot if you have a large family or like to cook a lot at a time.

Yield: 12 - 1/2 cup servings of cooked beans

How to Cook Dried Beans in the Instant Pot

How to Cook Dried Beans in the Instant Pot

An easy way to cook dried beans in the instant pot. No pre-soaking required!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients to instant pot.
  2. Seal the lid and cook on high pressure for the time specified in the chart.
  3. Use a natural pressure release for at least 15 minutes. You can naturally release the pressure longer if you want.
  4. Manually release pressure and enjoy.

Notes

If you have a larger instant pot, add 4 cups of water per 1 cup of dried beans.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 66Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 330mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 2g
Nutritional information is not always correct.

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!

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Homemade Blackened Seasoning Mix Perfect for Fish & Chicken

I just started making my own homemade blackened seasoning mix and it is so good! Perfect for fish and chicken and additive free. It also takes very little time to whip up a batch of this mix to store in your pantry.

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Homemade Blackened Seasoning Mix

One very popular recipe on the blog is for a homemade rotisserie chicken seasoning mix. That mix is great for homemade rotisserie chicken of course, but it’s also delicious in chicken noodle soup and a lot of other recipes.

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Since the other spice mix recipes are so popular, I decided it’s high time I shared another homemade seasoning mix, so here’s a delicious way to make your own blackened seasoning mix. This mix is great for fish and chicken. We love to use it on blackened salmon tacos! Nom Nom! As with most things I make, I like to double or quadruple this recipe so it’s ready to go when I need a quick meal. I encourage you to make up a big batch of this and store it in a air-tight container!

Why Make Your Own Spice Mixes?

That’s a good question! I like to make my own spice mixes so I can control ingredients. Often MSG is hiding in the pre-made mixes you buy at the store, so make sure to check ingredient list before buying. It’s also a way to save money! I’m all about saving money especially on groceries which seem to be getting more and more expensive. And honestly, it just doesn’t take that much time to do.

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By the way, if you don’t already use flat measuring spoons that fit inside spice jars, GET SOME! They will revolutionize your LIFE! I got mine at World Market, but haven’t seen them there since. I did find these Spring Chef Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Metal Measuring Spoons for Dry or Liquid, Fits in Spice Jar, Set of 6 on Amazon though, and they look just as amazing as mine!


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Blackened Seasoning Mix

Homemade spice mixes are so easy to make. It takes longer to pull the spices out of the cabinet than it does to actually make the mix. Just make sure you have an airtight container to store your homemade seasoning mixes to keep them fresh! When you’re ready to use this mix, measure out 2-4 TBS per pound of meat.

Here’s the printable recipe for homemade blackened seasoning mix, perfect for fish and chicken.

Homemade Blackened Seasoning Mix Perfect for Fish & Chicken

Homemade Blackened Seasoning Mix Perfect for Fish & Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 TBS ground paprika
  • 1 TBS cayanne
  • 1 TBS onion powder
  • 1 TBS garlic powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp basil

Instructions

  1. Simply combine all spices in an airtight container. Shake to combine. When you're ready to cook, use 2-4 TBS per pound of meat, depending on how spicy you want your food!

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There are many benefits to making your own spice mixes - being able to control ingredients and cost! This recipe for Homemade Blackened Seasoning Mix is perfect for fish and chicken. It's oh-so-good! Make up a big batch today.

5 Must Know Tips to Save Money on Organic Meat

Eating organic meat might be more important that eating organic fruit and vegetables, but switching to organic meat can be an expensive, daunting undertaking. Here are 5 tips to save money on organic meat that can help you make the switch.Eating organic meat might even be more important than eating organic fruits and veggies. Find out how you can save with these 5 must know tips to save money on organic meat. They might not be what you think!

5 Must Know Tips to Save Money on Organic Meat

1. Cut down on meat consumption –

First and foremost, you can save money by eating less meat. I know, I know, that’s not really what you want to hear, but it’s the truth. Door to Door Organics has a great infographic that shows how much protein is recommended for people at different life stages and compares that to how much we really eat. Most Americans eat more meat than they need and doing so can risk our health. Instituting vegetarian lunches, breakfast, or maybe even a certain number of vegetarian meals per week (like Meatless Monday), can be a great way to reduce your meat consumption. Eating less meat means you will automatically save money on meat because you won’t have to buy as much.

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