Best Instant Pot Baked Beans From Scratch [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Instant Pot Baked Beans are very easy to make and you don’t need to soak them at all! Enjoy homemade perfect baked beans from scratch, made in just over one hour.

Instant Pot recipes are a staple around here. We love making easy meals and side dishes with it. Other popular side dishes that you will enjoy are IP Corn on the Cob, IP Mashed Potatoes and IP Roasted Potatoes.

Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe

Easy Instant Pot Baked Beans

This Instant Pot Baked Beans recipe is simply one of the best and most flavorful meals you can get. Once you make it from scratch, you will see that this will become your go-to recipe, because it’s easy and delicious! Hands down, this recipe is the most amazing and favorite side dish I have ever had. After three trials, that’s a lot of beans for dinner, I have tweaked the recipe to be perfect!

The beans are combined with barbecue and bacon to pack just the right balance of sweetness and heat. Also, some brown sugar, smoked paprika, and some red pepper flakes are added to elevate the flavor.

They are the perfect side dish at any barbecue gatherings. Heck, if you are like me, you will actually have a huge bowl for dinner! The best part of the recipe is that you can make it with dry beans and you don’t have to soak them, now that is a huge time-saver.

Best Instant Pot Baked Beans

What spices do you need to make this recipe?

Recipe Tips and Tricks:

  • I like to cook the bacon separately, this way its crispier and tastes much better. If you don’t want to turn on your oven, you can brown the bacon in the Pressure Cooker before adding the cooked beans.
  • Also, when I cook the bacon in the oven, I like to either drizzle a little maple syrup over it or sprinkle some brown sugar, this way it caramelizes a bit and it goes really well with the bbq beans. Watch it closely to NOT burn it!
  • In addition, I love these beans because when you take the first bite, they are so creamy and a bit sweet, and after that, you get hit with a mild spicy wave that makes them resistible. You can make them spicier by adding more red pepper flakes or chili pepper powder.
  • Similarly, you can use your favorite bbq sauce in this recipe. Also, you can skip the liquid smoke, I really like it, as it gives the beans that smoky flavor, but it’s up to you if you want to use it to not.
  • The cinnamon and ground mustard are so-called “backstage” flavors, you don’t taste them specifically, but they elevate other flavors.
  • The molasses and brown sugar are in my opinion essential in this recipe, so make sure you don’t skip those.

Can you make Instant Pot Baked Beans with canned beans?

Yes, you can! Skip the recipe steps about cooking the dry beans, and replace them with 3 cans (15.5 ounces each) of canned beans, drained and rinsed. Add the beans to the pressure cooker with the rest of the ingredients and cook per recipe’s instructions.

Pressure Cooker Instant Pot Baked Beans

What beans do you use to make Instant Pot baked beans?

You can make this recipe with great northern, kidney or pinto beans. You can also use a combo, I personally prefer to use pinto beans because of their creamier and more tender texture.

Do you need to soak the beans to make Instant Pot Baked Beans?

No, the beauty of this recipe is that if you choose to make it with dry beans, you don’t have to soak them. You can cook them in the Pressure Cooker, rinse, discard the water from the pot and cook with the rest of the ingredients to make this dish.

How do you make Baked Beans in the Slow Cooker?

You would have to start with either cooked or canned beans, add all the ingredients to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Cover and cook beans on Low for 4 to 6 hours until thick.

Can I make this recipe on the stovetop?

Sure, can! Just add all the ingredients to a large dutch oven and cover. Then, simmer for about an hour, or until completely cooked.

Can you freeze baked beans?

Yes, you can! For best results it is important to freeze the beans the same day you cooked them, to avoid changes in texture and flavor. Also, use freezer bags or containers and don’t fill them to the brim as the beans tend to expand when frozen. If frozen properly, they can last in the freezer for up to 6 months. However, I prefer to keep them for about 3 months only.

When ready to consume the beans, take them out of the freezer and put them in the refrigerator in a large container for up to eight hours so they gradually defrost. After they have thawed, put them in a pan and reheat them over low-medium heat.

What do you serve with Instant pot Baked Beans?

You can eat them as a main dish because they are so filling and rich. Also, you can enjoy them as a side dish, with Pulled Pork, Mississippi Pot Roast, or Crack Chicken.

BURN NOTICE ON INSTANT POT

We’ve had some questions and comments about the burn notice on the instant pot. Although we have never had any issues with this or experienced the burn notice before, it is wise to pinpoint a few important things which might help to avoid it.

  • First, if cooking the bacon in the pressure cooker, make sure not to use extra thin or lacking fat. Both of these can cause the bacon to stick to the bottom of the pot and cause a burn notice. Those browned bits stuck to the pot because of the lack of flat can make the instant pot think that you’ve walked away and left the meat to burn. So try using good quality bacon, which is thicker and has decent fat content.
  • Also, If your beans have been combined and then you get the burn notice you probably didn’t thoroughly stir everything together or something is stuck to the bottom of the pot. Hence, ensure to stir well prior to adding the lid on.

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4.94 from 16 reviews
Best Instant Pot Baked Beans - No Soaking
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 1 hour 20 minutes Total time: 1 hr 30 mins

Ingredients

Bacon:

  • 10 slices  bacon 
  • 1 tablespoon  brown sugar  (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons  maple syrup  (optional)

Cook Dry Beans:

  • 1 lb.  pinto beans  (dry*)
  • 1/2 teaspoon  kosher salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  ground black pepper 
  • 8 cups  water or broth of choice 

Baked Beans:

  • 1 medium  sweet onion  (diced)
  • 1 tablespoon  minced garlic 
  • 1/2 cup  brown sugar  (use less if you want to reduce sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons  tomato paste 
  • 1 tablespoon  liquid smoke 
  • 1 tablespoon  Worcestershire sauce 
  • 2 tablespoons  Molasses 
  • 3/4 cup  barbecue sauce 
  • 1 can  (4 oz) diced green chiles,  ( optional)
  • 1 teaspoon  smoked paprika 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon  ground mustard 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  red pepper flakes 
  • 1 cup  water 

Instructions

Cook Bacon:

  1. You can use pre-cooked bacon or you can brown it in the Instant Pot before adding the cooked beans. I prefer the oven method, here are the steps.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Arrange a rack in the lower third of the oven.
  3. Line 1 baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lay the bacon onto a baking sheet in a single layer.
  4. Sprinkle a little brown sugar over the bacon or drizzle a little maple syrup.
  5. Bake until the bacon is deep golden-brown and crispy, 15 to 20 minutes. Begin checking around 12 minutes to monitor how quickly the bacon is cooking.
  6. Remove from oven and set aside. When cooled chop into 1-inch pieces.

Cook Dry Beans:

  1. Add dry beans, salt pepper and 8 cups of liquid to the Pressure Cooker. Cover and make sure the valve points to Sealed. Cook on High Pressure for 25 minutes followed by a 20-25 minutes Natural Pressure Release.

  2. Release manually the remaining pressure and carefully remove the lid.
  3. Rinse the beans under cold water and drain.
  4. Clean the pot and return it to the Instant Pot.

Make Baked Beans:

  1. Add the cooked beans to the Instant Pot with the rest of the ingredients. Gently stir to combine. Cover with the lid and make sure the valve points to Sealed.
  2. Cook on High Pressure for 10 minutes followed by a 10 minutes Natural Pressure Release.
  3. Release manually the remaining pressure and carefully remove the lid.
  4. Stir in the chopped cooked bacon.
  5. If you would like to reduce the liquid even more, you can select Sauté and cook the beans with the lid off on Sauté mode for 15 minutes, or until the liquid is reduced. You can also mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water and add the mixture to the beans to thicken the sauce.

  6. Serve with extra bacon on top and fresh chopped parsley if desired.

Notes:

  • You can use canned beans, 3 cans (15.5 ounces each) of either northern, pinto or kidney beans. Also, you can use a combo of these. If using canned beans, skip the instructions for Cooking Dry Beans and jump to Make Baked Beans.
0 Calories: 345 Carbohydrates: 52 Protein: 9 Fat: 11 Saturated Fat: 3 Cholesterol: 18 Sodium: 688 Potassium: 626 Fiber: 6 Sugar: 32 Vitamin A: 350 Vitamin C: 6.8 Calcium: 95 Iron: 2.6
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Sara

These are going to become a must have item at all of my game day parties! Love it!

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Brandy O'Neill

How did we ever live without an Instant Pot?!

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Dee

Love this! My kids love baked beans!

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Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

This looks absolutely delicious! Yummy! My son definitely love this!

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Stacie

I am SO making this! I love baked beans, but I haven't made them in forever because of how long it takes. This is a great recipe!

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Jacque Hastert

This would go with so many main dishes. My husband is a sucker for baked beans.

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Fatima Torres

You just made me want to make baked beans for dinner tonight. I'll pencil it in for sometime this week. I love trying different dishes.

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Marcie W.

Baked beans are just the kind of warm, hearty goodness I crave as the weather cools down. You actually had me at from scratch, since homemade is always the best.

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Aduke Schulist

I love baked beans minus the bacon lol. I've never made it from scratch though and I find it hard to find ones that don't have bacon in the store.

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Shannan P

I have never tried making baked beans from scratch! These look amazing! I'm definitely adding this to the fall rotation.

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Marysa

I've never made baked beans before, but it sounds like a delicious recipe. Plus I'd love to try making them with the instant pot. Sounds like a nice hearty recipe to have on hand especially with cool fall weather on the way.

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Krista

I love a good bean recipe! These I have to make! I am obsessed with instant pot recipes!

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Rachel

These look really good. I am in love with my instant pot and am always looking for a new recipe.

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HilLesha

How delicious! It has been quite awhile since I have had baked beans, but I'll definitely be trying out this recipe sometime soon. Thanks for sharing!

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Esther Irish

These look incredible! It's been years since I made from scratch baked beans. I need to pull out my Instant Pot!

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Ruth I

I've been wanting to buy an instant pot because of dishes like this. It looks so flavorful!

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Shannon Gurnee

I've been looking at getting an Instant Pot soon. This sounds like a delicious recipe!

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Natalie

I seriously need to get an Instant Pot. I love baked beans, and I would love to recreate this.

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AMy h

I need to try this recipe! I didn't think that baked beans were this easy! I also didn't know that you could freeze them! Now I know what i'm making this weekend

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Lynndee

That looks delicious. I need to get me an Instant Pot ASAP. I should have done it a long time ago. :)

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Terri Beavers

I have to try these, they look so delicious! They don't look like they are that difficult to make, thank you for sharing. I can't wait to try them out.

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Heather

I have an Instant Pot but don't use it nearly as much as I should! These look like an excellent dish to serve with a burger off the grill. Yum!

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Sarah

Super good, my 12 year old daughter surprised me when she said she “loved them”. They were a big hit. Making them again for a birthday party tonight!

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Carole A Dillard

I could only see one that has actually made it. That isnt very helpful. I wish people would hold their "going to make" and "looks good" and "varied intentions" and post when they have actually made them.

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A lot of people made it and commented on facebook, not many have the time unfortunately to come and comment here. Many send me messages on facebook. These are very good, I promise!

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Karly

This looks so delicious! Didn't realize it could be so easy!

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Stephanie W

This is my go-to baked bean recipe. It really is the best! Thank you!

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I am so happy that you love it!

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Julie

My husband declared these the "best baked beans he ever had!" I have made them at least 3 times since then. I added sliced smoked sausage at the end (browned on stove) and it was delicious. You won't ever want canned beans again after trying this!

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so happy that he loves them!

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Barb

What size Instant Pot do you use for this recipe?

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a 6qt.

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Barb

I made these last night and my non-sweet loving hubby really liked them!! thanks for the great recipe!!

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Sandra

I don't normally comment on recipes, but I made these today and LOVE them! I used the IP for the beans, then finished everything on the stove top for one hour. Perfect! This will definitely be my go-to recipe from now on! Thank you for a fantastic recipe.

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I am so happy that you loved it!

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Kelley

Hi Catalina, I am making these right now and it just occurred to me that you need quite a bit of liquid for the Instant Pot to pressurize. That said, when you drain the beans, do you retain any of the liquid that you cooked them in? i.e. use a slotted spoon to transfer the beans and rinse them before putting them back in with the rest of the ingredients. I have not yet added the water to the other ingredients and thought about using the broth instead. Any thoughts on that approach?

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No need to keep any of the cooking liquid :) just follow the recipe, it has enough liquid to make some delicious baked beans!

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Sharon

This is an amazingly yummy recipe! Didn’t have liquid smoke, but still turned out perfect!

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Miles G

I made these yesterday and they came out amazing. The only thing I did differently - after the beans were cooked, I turned on saute mode on the IP. Add a little bit of the bacon fat (1T or so) and sauteed the onions for a few minutes and then added the garlic and tomato paste for 30 secs or so. I like to put a little color on the paste and cook out some of the metallic taste. Deglazed with the water and then added all the ingredients to the pot. After that just dump in the beans and quick mix it and you are good to go. One other note, my pinto beans were a little older to I cooked them for 30 mins with a 30 min release.

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Nancy Sulse

Making tomorrow for a party. How long can the beans sit in the warm function until served? I want to make around 3 ish and be done and cleaned up when guests arrive at 5, but we're not pulling the dinner together until 6. Will the beans be overdone?

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They can sit for a few hours without being overdone.

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Ron Doty

Rather than bacon, add salt pork,(cubed) about 1/2 lb. forget the bacon. Don't add that nasty imitation smoke flavor. If you believe you need smoke flavor in your beans add smokey flavored BBQ sauce. Recipe needs more garlic, onions and dry mustard, not to mention salt and pepper. Always use some form of stock to pre cook beans in and also in the step where all the ingredients get added, use a stock for that as well. I always have homemade stocks in my freezer. I use a nice ham stock for my beans.

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