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Instant Pot Baked Beans: Sweet homemade baked bean recipe made in the Instant Pot! Start with dry pinto beans and end up with bacon filled from scratch baked beans. You may also love our Instant Pot rib recipe.
I’ll be honest. I never bought dry beans to cook before making this recipe. It just seemed like too much work. But the fact that I can throw dry beans, along with water, in the Instant Pot and have cooked beans in 60 minutes sold me. It’s no-fuss and couldn’t be easier.
Soaking beans before cooking (for at least 4 hours) dissolves some of the indigestible sugars that can cause gas. We don’t always presoak the beans and it is not 100% necessary for this recipe. You can test both ways and see which you like best.
It is important to rise the beans before cooking them though. Check for any small pieces debris that may be in with the beans.
There are two methods to make these beans. The first method is made entirely in the Instant Pot. Cook the beans, cook the bacon, then add all of the ingredients together and cook again. Although much of this method is hands off while you wait for everything to cook, you will need to plan about 2 hours total.
The second method is to use the oven to cook the bacon while the beans are cooking in the Instant Pot. You can make this recipe even faster if you use canned pinto beans. If you choose this method, start at the step where you cook the bacon and onion together.
What makes baked beans over the top good? Bacon. Don’t skip the bacon in these baked beans. Or if you don’t like bacon, use a ½ a pound of sausage to add a little flavor (brown the sausage just as you cooked the bacon).
The meat definitely adds a depth of flavor to homemade baked beans.