Making red beans from dry beans is quick and easy using an Instant Pot instead of going through the traditional method of soaking and slow cooking.
Once you’ve made your beautiful red beans, they’re perfect for eating just like this. If you prefer, serve them with rice. Red beans and rice is a traditional meal that’s always welcome.
You can mash the beans to make a dip or refried beans. Try serving them wrapped in a tortilla. Add them to nachos. Make a roja sauce by blending them with rehydrated chiles. You can always find uses for cooked beans.
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By using the Instant Pot, you won’t have to soak the beans beforehand. You won’t have to constantly check them on the stove. Cooking them in a slow cooker for 4-8 hours isn’t necessary. Only about an hour and a half is needed to make perfect red beans.
Ingredients for red beans
Learning how to cook red beans from dry beans is a lot easier than you think. It’s pretty quick and painless. Never hesitate to learn new things, especially when the Instant Pot is involved.
To make this vegan meatless recipe, you will need only a few ingredients. Like my other vegan recipes, I like to add spices and seasonings to liven things up. There’s simply no reason to eat bland just because you don’t eat meat.
- Red Beans
- Olive Oil
- Anaheim Chile
- Jalapeño Chile
- Ancho Chile Powder
- Red Pepper Flakes
There has been some debate lately about olive oils not being created equally. After some research, we decided to only use California Olive Ranch olive oil in all our cooking when olive oil is needed.
If you don’t have an Instant Pot, have a look at this 6-Quart Instant Pot which we use. We’ve had it for several years and it still works great. (This is an affiliate link, by the way. If you click it and buy, I may get a little something something from them at no extra cost to you.)
How to serve red beans
I think the best beans have lots of extra ingredients to add more depth and flavor. I especially love some chile peppers. I’ve used Anaheim chile and Jalapeno chile here but I think beans are wonderful with some extra kick.
To add that extra kick, try adding a salsa as you serve so each individual can add the spicy heat they prefer. My Restaurant Style Salsa Verde is perfect for this.
Have a look at our Scoville Heat Scale to choose your chile pepper for just the right heat.
Is this vegan?
Red beans are 100% vegan, vegetarian and gluten free. It’s a nice meatless protein addition to your diet with high fiber. It’s perfect to eat alone as a meal with a fresh green salad.
More Instant Pot recipes
Learning to cook with the Instant Pot has been so fun. I know you’ll enjoy learning too. It makes things so easy when you don’t have to babysit the stove.
Browse all our Instant Pot Recipes or choose one of these.
- Instant Pot Jumbo Double Yolk Hard Boiled Eggs
- Vegan Noodle Soup Instant Pot
- Kielbasa and Lentils Soup
Don’t forget to try our delicious Mexican Jalapeño Cornbread recipe with these beans. Beans and cornbread are perfect together!
How to Cook Dry Red Beans in the Instant Pot
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- Instant Pot
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- ½ large Onion, chopped
- 1 Anaheim Chile, chopped
- 1 Jalapeno, chopped
- 4 Garlic Cloves, minced
- 3.5 cups Water
- 1.5 cups Dry Red Beans
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Ancho Powder
- 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
- 1 teaspoon Oregano
- Chop onion and chiles, mince garlic cloves. Rinse dry beans and remove any debris.
- Press the Saute button on the Instant Pot to begin cooking in saute mode. Add olive oil. Add onion, chiles and garlic to Instant Pot and saute until fragrant, about 3-4 minutes. Press the Cancel button on the Instant Pot to reset.
- Add all remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
- Check the Instant Pot lid to ensure the seal is in place and nothing is blocking the vent. Place lid on top and set lever to Sealing. Press the Manual/Cook button on the Instant Pot and set to high for 50 minutes, then allow to natural release. The entire cook time will be about 80 minutes.
- After full pressure release, remove lid and serve.
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