Best Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe

Make these instant pot baked beans today! This classic baked beans recipe is ready in no time using the Instant Pot. Simply quick soak a pound of beans, fry up some bacon, and you will have a delicious pot of baked beans ready to enjoy at your next barbecue.

I love a good batch of baked beans. There is something about that hearty and sweet bean mixture that always has me coming back for seconds. Once I realized how easy it is to quick soak beans in the Instant Pot, I knew I just had to test out making baked beans with my trusty pressure cooker. 

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As expected, it was a huge success! Not only is this recipe relatively fast, but you can start with dried beans. Which makes it cheaper to make, too.

What beans are used for baked beans?

I used dried navy beans for this recipe. They are the traditional beans used in baked beans and work perfectly in this recipe. They are a white bean that is similar to great northern beans, but smaller. This recipe calls for two cups of dried navy beans, which is the same as 1 pound. 

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Why use the Instant Pot for baked beans?

Normally, making baked beans from dried beans would take 8 hours or more because you would have to plan for the time it takes to soak the beans. Most people do this overnight and make their recipe the following day. 

I love using my instant pot to make baked beans because the soak time is cut down significantly. 

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Recipes to pair with baked beans

I love pairing baked beans with any kind of meat, like tri-tip or Pulled Pork. Baked beans are also great with instant pot cornbread as a second side or corn on the cob.

If you would rather pair them with chicken, try this recipe for sheet pan baked teriyaki chicken and pineapple or our recipe for instant pot Hawaiian chicken. You can also browse a huge list of instant pot chicken recipes here.

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Why is soaking beans in the Instant Pot faster?

As you will see in this recipe, part of the steps covers soaking the dried navy beans before making them into baked beans. It’s faster because you can cook the dried beans under pressure for 5 minutes, natural release, and they come out as if they were soaking overnight. It takes about 30 minutes in total and is a great way to save time.

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If you wanted to switch up this recipe, you could swap the bacon for instant pot ham.

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Instant Pot Baked Beans

Yield: Serves 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Instant Pot baked beans are so easy and delicious! Make this classic baked beans recipe in no time using the Instant Pot®. Simply quick soak a pound of beans, fry up some bacon, and you will have a delicious pot of baked beans ready to enjoy at your next barbecue.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (2 cups) dried navy beans
  • 1 pound bacon, sliced into (1-inch) pieces
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire

Instructions

  1. Rinse dried beans in a colander and sort for any stones. If any stones are found, dispose of them.
  2. Pour rinsed beans into Instant Pot.
  3. Fill Instant Pot with water until water is 1 inch above top of beans.
  4. Close lid and set pressure release valve to sealing. 
  5. Press manual or pressure cook button and set to 5 minutes.
  6. Allow pressure to release naturally.
  7. Remove lid and drain any access water. 
  8. Remove beans and set aside.
  9. Push sauté button.
  10. Spray inside of Instant Pot with cooking spray and pour in bacon slices.
  11. Let cook, 7 minutes, until bacon is browned. Stir occasionally.
  12. Remove bacon and place in-between two paper towels to drain grease. 
  13. Dispose of remaining bacon grease, reserving two tablespoons inside the Instant Pot.
  14. Mix onion and bell pepper into remaining bacon grease. 
  15. Let cook, 3 minutes, until soft. Stir occasionally.
  16. Pour in 1 cup water and deglaze the bottom of the pot. Turn Instant Pot off.
  17. Add in the cooked bacon, beans, ketchup, brown sugar, and Worcestershire. Mix.
  18. Close lid and set pressure release valve to sealing. 
  19. Press manual or pressure cook button and set to 15 minutes.
  20. Allow pressure to release naturally.
  21. Serve warm and refrigerate any leftovers, up to one week.
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 servings Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 474Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 56mgSodium 1276mgCarbohydrates 49gFiber 6gSugar 30gProtein 25g

mNutrition information is an estimate.

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