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Vegan Instant Pot Whole Beans

This is a great recipe to use to make beans for numerous dishes. These freeze really well, too!


  • Instant Pot - 8 qt.


  • 4 cups pinto or black beans
  • 2 TB onion powder or granulated onion
  • 1 TB coriander, ground
  • 1 TB cumin, ground
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 whole bay leaves


  • Important Note: I use an 8 qt. Instant Pot and this recipe is written for that size. This gives me a large batch of beans. which I love! If you are using a 6 qt. Instant Pot, use exactly HALF of these amounts, but still fill your pot up to the 1/2 full mark when adding water.
  • Measure out 4 cups of dry beans, picking out any foreign material, pebbles, etc. Rinse well with several changes of water. (I just use the metal pot insert.)
  • Add all ingredients to Instant Pot.
  • Add water to the 1/2 full mark.
  • Be sure your valve is in the correct position per your IP's instructions.
  • Set Instant Pot for 25-30 minutes (older beans take longer).
  • When time is up, allow to naturally release for about 40 minutes.
  • Release remaining pressure, if any.
  • Remove bay leaves now or later.
  • Add salt to taste, and any more spices if you like.
  • I like to store the beans in their cooking water as it seems to taste better. You may want to pour off a bit of water.
  • Enjoy! These beans freeze well, too. They lend themselves well to many dishes, and are even yummy just in a bowl by themselves with some hot sauce.