The Best Instant Pot Cowboy Beans

Last Updated on February 14, 2021

Tie up the horses and sit a spell while I rustle up some grub! This tasty bean recipe will have you saying “Giddy Up, Cowboy!” Just as sure as the rain, you’re about to fall in love with these Instant Pot Cowboy Beans. They’re a little bit of sweet, a little bit of salt and 100% delicious.

Instant Pot Cowboy Beans

 

Summer is a comin’. That means it’s time to saddle up and enjoy the great outdoors, folks. One dish you need to have in rotation are these beans.  

And while I’ve tried quite a few baked bean recipes in all my cooking years, I always circle back to this Instant Pot Cowboy Bean recipe because it’s just too good to pass up.

Can you use other beans with this Instant Pot Cowboy Beans recipe?

You can alter this recipe with any bean you choose if pinto beans don’t fancy your taste buds. Anytime that you can feed the young’uns good protein and carbs, it’s worth it. However, changing beans does kinda change-up the recipe a lot, so it won’t be traditional.

 

What can be used instead of brown sugar in this baked bean recipe?

The brown sugar is what gives the sweetness to these baked beans. If you’re looking for an alternative to the sugar, substitute with honey. If sweet isn’t exactly your thing, just eliminate it all together! Many BBQ sauces lining the shelves of your local grocer are usually packed with a lot of sugar already. You may want to check the label before you add in more sweetness.  Which is exactly why we use our own, homemade BBQ sauce for this recipe.

 

What would be a good main dish to serve with these Instant Pot Cowboy Beans?

You can serve it with pork, beef or just as a meal on its own. I like to make and have it as a stellar side dish for picnics or outdoor BBQ’s, but you can decide how you want to “wow” all your friends and family with this dish. I love to serve cowboy beans with instant pot jasmine rice sometimes, sort of like red beans & rice.

However, I also love love love it with the pork I mentioned above and some my famous Sweet & Spicy Coleslaw. Now that’s some good eatin’ right there, folks! 

Instant Pot Cowboy Beans

 

 

Before we get to what we all came for, allow me to impart some Cowboy wisdom. 

  1. Don’t squat with your spurs on.
  2. Don’t dig for water under the outhouse. 
  3. Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.
  4. Always drink upstream from the herd.
  5. Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in. 

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Are you ready for this Instant Pot Cowboy Bean recipe?

 

Instant Pot Cowboy Beans

All you need are a few simple ingredients to get started! Add them to the magic pot, and you have an amazing dish! 

 

Ingredients needed for these Instant Pot Baked Beans:

 

1 lb. dried pinto beans

2 cups homemade BBQ sauce (or 1-1/2 cup store-bought BBQ and 1/2 cup tomato sauce)

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 medium yellow onion chopped

1/4 cup molasses

1 tbsp mustard

1 tsp garlic powder

add in 1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 lbs. thick cut smoked bacon (chopped)

2 cups of water

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How to make these Instant Pot Baked Beans:

1) Cook the bacon and sauté the onions in the Instant Pot mini insert by pressing the sauté button twice, or sauté then adjust in a regular Instant Pot so that the sauté function light is on “more”.

 

 

2) Turn the Instant Pot off by pushing the cancel button. Next mix in the remaining ingredients. Stir the ingredients until the molasses and brown sugar is completely dissolved.

 

3) Close the lid and turn the pressure valve to sealing.

4) Cook the beans in high pressure using the manual or bean setting. If your beans have been soaking for at least 8 hours, cook them for 30 minutes. If you skipped soaking cook them, cook for 60 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally.

 

5) Remove the lid and turn off the Instant Pot. Let the beans cool then serve.

 

Note: I love to cook this in my Instant Pot mini while my pulled pork cooks in my 6 qt. This recipe will make a full pot of beans. You can easily cut it in half to fit your needs. The cook time will remain the same.

Is cleaning an Instant Pot hard to do?

So many people tend to think that certain recipes are harder to clean than others when cooked in the Instant Pot, but I don’t find that to be the truth. The Instant Pot has sections that are easy to clean just like any other kitchen appliance. I always recommend to clean it out right away so that dried foods don’t get stuck. If you do want to get a second ceramic pot I talk about it and other options in my instant pot accessory post.  

Can these Instant Pot Baked beans be made spicy?

For sure! I’m all about adding in the spice! Just make certain that you doctor up your own individual bowl rather than adding the heat to the entire pot. (unless EVERYONE in your group likes spice!) That way, some can have the recipe in its original form and you can enjoy a bit of the kick that you’re looking for. 

It’s time to saddle the horse (or in this case, the Instant Pot) and hog tie them beans! And I can promise you this – if there happens to be any leftover, these beans taste amazing for the next few days. One can never have too many beans to eat, right? I think not!

Do you have any cowboy bean fans in your house? 

 

Don’t forget to print out the recipe for later!

The Best Instant Pot Cowboy Beans

The Best Instant Pot Cowboy Beans

If you’re looking for a bean recipe that just can’t be topped, you’re about to fall in love with these Instant Pot Cowboy Beans. They’re a little bit of sweet, a little bit of salt and 100% delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. dried pinto beans
  • 2 cups homemade BBQ sauce(or 1 1/2 cup store-bought BBQ and 1/2 cup tomato sauce)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • add in 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 lbs. thick cut smoked bacon (chopped)
  • 2 cups of water

Instructions

1) Cook the bacon and sauté the onions in the Instant Pot mini insert by pressing the sauté button twice, or sauté then adjust in a regular Instant Pot so that the sauté function light is on “more”.

2) Turn the Instant Pot off by hitting the cancel button. Next mix in the remaining ingredients. Stir the ingredients until the molasses and brown sugar is completely dissolved.

3) Close the lid and turn the pressure valve to sealing.

4) Cook the bean in high pressure using the manual or bean setting. If your beans have been soaking for at least 8 hours cook them for 30 minutes. If you skipped soaking cook them for 60 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally.

5) Remove the lid and turn the Instant Pot off. Let the beans cool then serve.

Notes

Note: – I love to cook this in my Instant Pot mini while my pulled pork cooks in my 6 qt. – This recipe will make a full pot of beans. You can easily cut it in half to fit your needs. The cook time will remain the same.

 

 

 

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