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Instant Pot Dried Beans (No Pre-Soaking) (Black Beans / Chickpeas / Kidney Beans)

Instant Pot Dried Beans is an easy guide on how to cook Instant Pot Beans perfectly every time. To Soak them or not, the required cooking times, the beans to water ratio and fail proof tips to cook the perfect dried beans everytime! We also provide you a list of recipes using that you can make with the Instant Pot Black Beans, Instant Pot Chickpeas and Instant Pot Kidney Beans. Save money by cooking your dry beans in the Instant Pot. 

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We love making recipes from scratch, because they taste so much better and always turn out to be economical. Instant Pot Rice, Homemade Yogurt, Strawberry Jam, Pineapple jam, Apple Chips, Plantain Chips are just some examples of how you can have healthy alternatives to store bought things and save money as well. So it was time to share how to cook dried beans from scratch in your Instant Pot perfectly everytime, After all we all use beans to make something or the other right?

If you’re an Instant Pot beginner, take a deep breath and don’t let yourself be afraid of your Instant Pot check out our 15+ Quick and Easy Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners.

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WHY COOK DRY BEANS FROM SCRATCH

The question you should ask yourself is why buy canned beans when you can cook your own dry beans without any effort? The texture and the taste so much better than the canned beans. Plus it’s so much more economical to buy a packet of dry beans instead of canned beans. Do the math yourself and you will realize you are getting three to four times the beans for the same cost. If you are like me who cares about what ingredients go into my food then this is a great way to control all the unwanted additives to the canned beans. 

BTW just incase you are not a beans person at all, then here are our easy and healthy 100+ Instant Pot Vegetarian recipes that you can browse. So getting back to the beans

. So let's get started.

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To Soak the Beans or Not when Cooking Beans in Instant Pot

You do not need to pre-soak the beans. Soaked or not, the Instant Pot definitely does a great job cooking the perfect beans.

Although soaking is not mandatory, it is highly recommended as it aids digestion. Soaking beans removes indigestible complex sugars that cause gas. It’s best to soak beans overnight.

However there can always be times when you forgot to soak or need to get something on the table instantly and for those times, I just soak for like thirty minutes  in the Instant Pot itself before cooking or sometimes I don’t even have 30 mins so I just cook my dried beans without soaking them

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What is the ratio of beans to water in instant pot?

Depending on whether or not you want to drain your beans or not, you can follow one of the two ratios

1: 8 - 1 part beans 8 parts water, this will leave you with a excess water in your pot. which you can dry out by sauteing or boiling.

1:3 -  1 part beans 3 parts water, this will give beans where most of the water was absorbed by the beans. You won't have to drain any excess liquid.

How to Cook Beans in Instant Pot

How to cook Instant Pot Black Beans?

You can use the following ratio and guidelines for cooking black beans in an instant pot.

  • 1: 3 bean to water ratio
  • If you are using NO Soak dried beans -  20-25 minutes with high pressure
  • If you are using pre-soaked beans 6-8 minutes with high pressure 
  • Natural pressure release

How to cook Instant Pot Chickpeas / Garbanzo Beans?

You can use the following ratio and guidelines for cooking chickpeas in an instant pot.

  • 1: 3 bean to water ratio
  • If you are using NO Soak dried beans - 35-40 minutes with high pressure
  • If you are using pre-soaked beans- 10-15 minutes high pressure 
  • Natural pressure release

How to cook No Soak Instant Pot Kidney Beans?

  • 1: 3 bean to water ratio
  • If you are using NO Soak dried beans 20-25 minutes with high pressure
  • If you are using pre-soaked beans - 7-8 minutes with high pressure 
  • Natural pressure release

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Quick Release versus Natural Pressure Release

Patience is the key here. For the perfect texture you should allow the pressure to naturally release. However if you are in a rush you can quick release after 10 minutes. 

PRO TIPS

  • When cooking beans, make sure your inner pot is only half full.
  • Soaking the beans reduces cook times and eases digestion making the beans less gassy.
  • For best results, highly recommend natural pressure release.

 

How to store leftover or cooked beans

You can either refrigerate the beans or freeze them.

Always refrigerate the beans in an air tight container, that ways the beans remain moist. You can always add a little liquid of the cooked beans for the moisture but that is optional. If you are using an air tight container the beans won’t lose the moisture. I typically store them in air tight glass containers.

If you plan to freeze the beans, store them in freezer safe containers or bags in either smaller like 6-8 oz. portions. If you are using air tight containers or bags, I typically don’t feel the need to add the beans liquid, but feel free to add if you prefer it that way.

How to Thaw frozen beans

If you are adding beans to hot recipes, you may not need to thaw them, however if the cook times are small, it is advisable to thaw them prior to addition to the recipe.

If you are adding them to a recipe that required thawed beans, then move the frozen container into the refrigerator overnight and let the beans thaw or place the container in a bowl of warm water for a quick thaw.

Recipes using Pressure Cooker Beans

Here are few Recipes on how to us these beans.

Easy Mexican Instant Pot rice and black beans makes a delicious and quick vegetarian lunch, dinner, or side dish. Loaded with the bold flavor of salsa and spices, this hearty dish is a delicious addition to taco night.

Instant Pot Spinach Rice  with Chickpeas is a healthy meal that I love to make for my family for lunch box meals. Full of nutritious ingredients and filling protein, this meal helps my loved ones power through their busy days.

This Instant Pot Three Bean Chili, is a must try weeknight meal. It’s warm, hearty, packed with flavors, perfect texture and super easy to make. Plant-based protein.

If you are a fan of healthy eating and have just purchased an instant pot, Try out our 100+Instant Pot Vegetarian Recipes. From Soups to Pasta and from Appetizers to Desserts and everything in between. You would also love to learn how to cook Broccolli that your kids will love!

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Instant Pot Beans Recipe

Yield: 2 servings

Instant Pot Beans. Save money by cooking dry beans in the pressure cooker. Here is your fail proof recipe to cook the perfect dried beans everytime.  Instant Pot Black Beans, Instant Pot Chickpeas and Instant Pot Kidney Beans. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup black beans / kidney beans / chickpeas
  • 3 cups water

Instructions

Instant Pot Black Beans

  • 1: 3 bean to water ratio
  • Dried 20-25 minutes high pressure
  • Soaked 6-8 minutes high pressure 
  • Natural pressure release

Instant Pot Chickpeas

  • 1: 3 bean to water ratio
  • Dried 35-40 minutes high pressure
  • Soaked 10-15 minutes high pressure 
  • Natural pressure release

Instant Pot Kidney Beans

  • 1: 3 bean to water ratio
  • Dried 20-25 minutes high pressure
  • Soaked 7-8 minutes high pressure 
  • Natural pressure release

 

Add the beans and water in the inner pot as per the above proportions.

Cover the lid and pressure cook as per the above instructions.

When the timer beeps, allow the pressure to naturally release.

Once the pressure releases, the beans are ready to be consumed.

Nutrition Information
Yield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 360Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 0mgSodium 22mgCarbohydrates 63gFiber 19gSugar 5gProtein 23g

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