Low Sodium Pinto Beans Recipe

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These low sodium Pinto Beans in the Instant Pot are a flavorful and easy recipe with pantry staple dried beans, no soaking required. These bold and flavorful beans have a good amount of spice that take these legumes to the next level. These beans make a great side dish or you can add them to tacos or burrito bowls.
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We are all about low sodium recipes in our kitchen- and these low sodium instant pot pinto beans are a fantastic way to get some major flavor onto your plate without the salt. I use my Instant Pot weekly for meal prepping and cooking ahead, but there the Instant Pot really shines are for beans!  I can have a delicious pot of beans ready in under an hour, no soaking required.
Beans are super versatile, I love using them in all kinds of fantastic dishes. I throw beans into soups, enjoy them spiced as a side dish, or add them to a salad or burrito bowl.

These Low Sodium Instant Pot Pinto Beans are:

  • Earthy
  • Spicy (but can be less spicy if desired)
  • Warming
  • Filling
  • High Protein
  • Vegan & Gluten Free
  • Low in sodium

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Low Sodium Beans are Best From Scratch!

I used to buy canned beans all the time because I loved the convenience of just opening a can and having them pre-cooked for me.  The downside was really the sodium content.  Canned beans are loaded with salt and sodium as a preservative.  You can buy no salt added beans, but I found that making your own beans from scratch tastes way better. You can cook beans in the Instant Pot or Pressure cooker with spices and vegetables to get that flavor in the beans from the start. Browse through all our low sodium recipes here for some inspiration – but make sure you check the sodium content of all your ingredients as well.  Most of these recipes enjoy on a weekly basis without the salt!

What’s In These Spicy Instant Pot Pinto Beans?

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One of the Best Low Sodium Beans Recipes

This spicy pinto beans recipe is a fantastic pantry-staple meal!  It uses almost all ingredients you would have in your dry pantry or cupboards – most of which you probably have on hand. Keeping a low so pantry makes it easy to come up with delicious and healthy meals using a few staples you can rotate.  I made a list of my Favorite Low Sodium Pantry Staples that I always keep stocked. By stocking up on healthy whole ingredients you can cook delicious salt-free & low so recipes without a trip to the store!

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How Do I Make These Salt Free Pressure Cooker Beans?

1. Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode, add Olive oil and onions and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients, and set to Manual/Pressure Cook mode for 45 minutes.
3. Allow the beans to naturally release for 20 minutes or so.
Along with this Instant Pot Black Bean Recipe, these pinto beans are super easy to start in the pressure cooker and walk away from.  The Instant Pot does all the work, and you reap the benefits without constantly stirring or watching a pot boil on the stove.  This “passive cooking” is my kind of meal prep!

Canned Beans Versus Homemade

While I love the convenience of canned beans, I also love cooking dry beans from scratch in my Instant Pot.  I use the 8-Quart Instant Pot Ultra, which is larger than standard models (which are only 6 quart) so I have extra room to meal prep and batch cook more meals for the week. The Instant Pot works wonders for cooking dried beans fast, no soaking required! While canned beans are super convenient, they are often loaded with sodium.  If you buy canned beans, I always recommend using a no salt added variety so you can control the amount of salt in your dish. Next time you reach for the canned beans, think about a pressure cooker instead! Homemade beans are incredibly cost efficient, and you can add seasonings and spices to the beans while they cook for extra flavor.

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Low Sodium Pinto Beans

These low sodium Pinto Beans in the Instant Pot are a flavorful and easy recipe with pantry staple dried beans, no soaking required. These bold and flavorful beans have a good amount of spice that take these legumes to the next level. These beans make a great side dish or you can add them to tacos or burrito bowls.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 8 servings
Calories 235 kcal

Equipment

  • Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb dry pinto beans
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon no salt adobo seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 5 cups No-Salt-Added Vegetable Stock
  • 1 bunch cilantro chopped
  • 2 green onions sliced
  • 1 lime juiced

Instructions
 

  • Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode, add Olive oil and onions and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, and set to Manual/Pressure Cook mode for 45 minutes.
  • Allow the beans to naturally release for 20 minutes or so.
  • Drain beans if desired, and garnish with extra chopped cilantro or onions. Enjoy!

Notes

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Nutrition

Calories: 235kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 13gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 13mgPotassium: 905mgFiber: 10gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 604IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 92mgIron: 4mg

*Please note, all nutrition content is estimated based on the ingredients we used, it may vary based on your ingredients. Always check your nutrition labels to verify sodium amounts.

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7 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I’m new to your site and to low-salt eating. Is there any indication what size the servings of your recipes are?

    I tried the pinto beans last night (minus the vegetable stock and adobo sauce, which our store doesn’t carry) and was pleasantly surprised. It will be a bit of an adjustment because my previous pinto beans recipe was very high in salt, but it’s a change I need to make.

    1. Hello Colleen, the serving size is usually in the recipe card (you can go right to the card by clicking the ‘Jump To Recipe’ button at the top of the site). For this recipe it’s 8 servings, which is about 1/2 cup each. I’m glad to hear you were pleasantly surprised – it can take your palette a while to get used to low sodium cooking, but after a few days or weeks everything starts tasting amazing!

    1. Hi Lety, that’s a great question!
      Some foods do contain natural amounts of sodium. In this recipe, for example, cilantro naturally has ~35mg and a whole onion has ~25mg… it’s a small amount but it does add up! And if you’re adding any processed foods (like canned or jarred vegetables) they can contain sodium from preservatives, even if it doesn’t taste salty.

      Hope that helps!

      Thanks,
      Kelly

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