Best Darn Pot of Beans EVER – Homestyle Pinto Beans w/ a Pressure Cooker Option

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I never thought I could love beans so much.

I mean, it is a pot of beans, how special could it be?

But every single time I make these beans (Teacher-Appreciation week, parties, for the family & neighbors) people go nuts over these.  They comment how flipping delicious they are.  I am telling you…done right…you will never look at a humble pot of beans quite the same again.  And there will be no bank-breaking with this recipe….organic dried beans are very affordable.

I use my pressure cooker for this recipe, which takes minutes to perfectly cook my soaked beans as opposed to hours.  I simply ADORE my pressure cooker and think everyone should own one!  You can do this stove top they whole way through, I have…it just takes all day on a slow simmer to get those melt-in-your mouth creamy beans.

I credit this recipe and technique to my good friend and neighbor, Glenda.  I had her teach me how to make a traditional pot of Puerto Rican beans.  I have never looked back…and think a can of refried beans would be sacrilege now! Gracias mi amiguita!

I like to make a big batch and freeze leftovers in individual mason jars.

SOAKING NOTE:  By soaking the beans in a acid medium, you are helping break down some of the sugars that make beans more difficult to digest.  So if you normally get some toots, this might be you saviour!  On top of that, you are unlocking the nutrients and making them more available to your body.  Just DO it!  Yes, you can bypass this step and cook you beans longer…or follow Whole New Mom’s technique for  the quick-soak method!

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Best Darn Pot of Beans EVER - Homestyle Pinto Beans w/ a Pressure Cooker Option
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Serves: 10-12
  • 2 cup dried pinto beans, soaked for at least 12 hours in lots of cool water and a couple of tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar. While the soaking is optional, this helps break down some the phytates that give lots of people gas. Be sure to rinse them well after soaking to get rid of all it! Better digestion = better nutrition too!
  • 1 ham hock (optional)
  • 4-6 ounces smoked (not a sweet variety) deli ham or cubed ham roast
  • 1 sweet bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 2-4 tablespoons tomato paste, or one 8 ounce can tomato sauce (optional)
  • Optional spices: a teaspoon or two of cumin, chili powder can be used.
  • 1-3 teaspoons sea salt, to taste (ADD AT THEY VERY END!)
  1. Place your beans in a large bowl, cover with at least 2" of water, 2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, or kefir.
  2. Soak beans overnight or about 12 hours.
  3. Drain and thoroughly rinse the beans.
  4. Place in a pressure cooker or large dutch oven along with the ham hock (if using). Cover with at least 2" of water (more is OK).
  5. Cover the pot, bring to full pressure and cook 14-16 minutes (time starts when full pressure is reached). Remove from heat and wait for the pressure to come down naturally, or do a quick release as preferred.
  6. DUTCH OVEN METHOD: Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer (covered) for 3-4 hours until tender.
  7. Without draining the water (or adding more if you need to), mix in the pepper, onion, and ham and simmer, uncovered for 1-3 (or more!) hours, or until most of the water is evaporated and the beans are melt-in-your-mouth tender. Keep careful watch on your water level, and add more if you need to. I like to leave my beans a little bit saucy, but this up to you! You could also choose to mash them up a bit for a refried-style.
  8. Stir in the tomato paste or sauce, if using, and any spices you may like.
  9. Add sea salt to taste.

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This recipe was shared on Mostly Homemade Mondays, Fat Tuesday, Hearth & Soul, GF Wednesdays, Waste Not Want NotHomestead Blog Hop, Real Food Fridays, Let’s Get Real Fridays, Free From Fridays, Natural Living Fridays, Savouring Saturdays,

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When her third child was born with severe food allergies, Tessa took to the kitchen to figure out how to feed her family well. Always up for a culinary challenge, their journey has taken many twists and turns! Lots of Paleo, and lots of top 8 free. Good food for families, that's what she's about!

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22 comments on “Best Darn Pot of Beans EVER – Homestyle Pinto Beans w/ a Pressure Cooker Option
  1. Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Greens. I don’t have a pressure cooker, but love your mix of ingredients, so may try making this same recipe the old fashioned way!
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  2. amber says:

    These look amazing, Tessa!!!! Love when I can make things fresh from scratch. These would be such a great addition to a potluck or Mexican fiesta party too. I have to say, I love pinto beans (they don’t love me, but what’s new). They are so buttery and rich.

    Great recipe friend!! Sharing these!


  3. Jeanine B. says:

    This looks so good! I can’t wait to have all the ingredients to make it! Is it okay if I don’t have deli ham or ham roast? Is that a large part of the flavor? Thanks so much!

  4. Okay, you have me. I am pinning this recipe for later. I do like beans and these look yummy.
    Thanks for sharing at Wildcrafting Wednesday.

  5. Cathy says:

    Thank you for linking up at Tasty Tuesdays! Your post has been pinned to my Recipes from Tasty Tuesday board. I can’t wait to see what you link up next week!
    Have a terrific weekend!

  6. Your Pinto Beans look really comforting and delicious, Tessa – perfect cold weather food! I’m hearing some amazing things about pressure cookers these days – it sounds like they have had a real renaissance. Thank you for sharing your experience and another delicious recipe with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.
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  7. Tanusree says:

    Your pot of pinto beans sounds delicious. Thank you so much for sharing it at Tasty Tuesday. I am featuring it this week.

    Have a great day.

  8. Amy W. says:

    How incredible are these beans! I’m excited you shared such a great recipe. Looking forward to trying them out!

  9. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Tessa,
    I just love using my pressure cooker, it really speeds up the cooking time and the beans taste so good. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen
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  10. Zita W. says:

    I bought a super big pressure cooker, and I am loving it so much…its much easier now for me…and family loves the food

  11. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Hope your week is great! Can’t wait to see what you link up this week!

    Cindy from

  12. Patt Hicks says:

    Don’t have a pressure cooker. Will this work in a crock pot?

  13. Sarah says:

    Hi. Do you simmer the beans inside the pressure cooker for 1-3 hours after you’ve already cooked them for the 14 to 16 minutes?

  14. Karen says:

    I don’t eat beans very often, but would like to try these. What would you serve these with?

  15. Emma says:

    My husband is from Texas and these remind me of some of the delicious food we eat when we go back. I’d love to try these. Thanks for linking up with #freefromfridays
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  16. I have a pressure cooker and I adore beans. This recipe has my name all over it! Plus we love mexican. Thank you!!!
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  17. Yum! Thanks for sharing! I’m always looking for new ways to make beans.
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