These Low Sodium Instant Pot Pinto Beans are:
- Spicy (but can be less spicy if desired)
- High Protein
- Vegan & Gluten Free
- Low in sodium
Low Sodium Beans are Best From Scratch!
What’s In These Spicy Instant Pot Pinto Beans?
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- Dry Pinto Beans – I like these organic pinto beans which have a fantastic texture and flavor when cooked. Beans are a healthy 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.
- Olive Oil: I like to use this fruity Zoe olive oil which has a fantastic flavor and deep color- it’s really inexpensive online here, so I keep a few liters stocked up in my pantry. For the quality of oil you get, it’s an excellent value, I would highly recommend!
- No Salt Seasoning Blend – I like this no salt seasoning by Badia (I use almost all of their spices) which is loaded with garlic, onion, pepper, and parsley. A great alternative to salt.
- Chili Powder: for a really nice flavor in this dip – the chili powder isn’t spicy but will give you a rich and bright flavor.
- 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: I love this no salt vegetable base for my recipes because it has a great flavor and is lower in sodium. I only develop my recipes with low sodium ingredients so the ingredients shine. You can always add salt to a recipe if it needs it, but it’s almost impossible to take it out! By starting with a low sodium broth or bouillon, you can build bright vibrant flavors and add more salt later if needed. This soup base is also gluten free!
- Fresh cilantro for garnish
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!
How Do I Make These Salt Free Pressure Cooker Beans?
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
- Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker
- 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
- 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!
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*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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