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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.

This tasty salt-free bean recipe 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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Ingredients

See the recipe card below for a full list of instructions and ingredient amounts!

  • Dry Pinto Beans – I like pinto beans which have a fantastic texture and flavor when cooked. Beans are a hearty addition to any meal – add them to your breakfast burritos, enjoy in a soup for lunch, or turn them into refried beans to enjoy with dinner.
  • Onion
  • Olive Oil
  • No Salt Seasoning Blend – I like a no salt seasoning which is loaded with garlic, onion, pepper, and parsley. A great alternative to salt.
  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin: also adds a really nice flavor to this recipe – cumin has a lightly smokey flavor found in a lot of chili recipes.
  • Red Chili Pepper Flakes: for a little heat! I like to add a few shakes to this recipe to give this dish a nice complex depth of flavor.
  • Jalapeno pepper
  • No Salt Vegetable Stock or Bouillon
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish
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How To Make This Recipe

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!
 

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Low Sodium Pinto Beans

AuthorKelly Jensen
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!

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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  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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