Cooking beans, especially pinto beans, is usually a long drawn out and time consuming affair. Most people are aware that the dry beans need to be soaked overnight, and then given about 4 hours or even more in a slow cooker! And naturally, to quicken things up, most of us just stock up on pre-cooked tinned beans. But these beans not only cost more out of your budget (a lot more actually) they also contain preservatives that you’d do best to avoid!
So, today we’ve brought you the amazing secret of quick cooking pinto beans in a pressure cooker! What’s more is that they are done in just about 50 minutes, and they tend to be a lot less gassy! Now that’s good news all around, especially in a house where quick yet healthy food is the order of the day.
So without much ado, let’s check out how it’s done!
Step 1: Start by ensuring that your pressure cooker is in order – and the seal is snugly in place.
Step 2: Next take 3 cups of pinto beans – just wash them under running cold water and drain. Add these to the cooker.
Step 3: Next add in your spices and condiments. Usually with beans, most people tend to have their own home favorites, but with a cooker just remember that you’ll have a certain amount of cooking liquid leftover as very little of it evaporates. So season accordingly, or you may end up with a bland dish. One suggested spice idea:
- Onion powder – 2 tsp.
- Cumin powder – 1 tsp.
- New Mexico chili powder – 2 tsp.
- Black pepper ground – ½ tsp
- Salt – 1 ½ tsp.
- Liquid smoke (optional) – 1 tbsp.
- Oil (or baking drippings) – 1 tbsp.
Step 4: Next add in the water – enough to cover the beans and then go up to 2 inches above the beans level.
Step 5: Now put on the lid of the pressure cooker and secure properly in place.
Step 6: Now place it on the medium high heat and let it come up to pressure. You know it has started cooking when the air vent is closed and the weight on top starts to rock gently. At this point turn the heat down to medium low and let it go for 50 minutes.
Step 7: Once the cooking is done, you can take the pressure cooker off the heat and leave it to come back to pressure – at which point the pressure vent should drop down again. But the quicker method is to place it under the kitchen tap and run cold water over it.
Step 8: When you see the air vent drop – here indicated by the absence of the white dot that was the raised air vent, remove it from the sink and carefully take off the weight.
Step 9: Next open the cooker and enjoy your beans cooked to perfection!
This was the quick recipe, but if you want to check it out in details, as well as make the most of the expert tips from the maker, then just look through this video on YouTube!
Pinto beans aren’t easy to cook – they take time and even then they are tricky to get right. But with this recipe for cooking pinto beans in a pressure cooker you’ll be able to do them quick – and perfect every time!