Instant Pot Ranch Style Beans - A Bountiful Love

Instant Pot Ranch Style Beans

 If you have been reading my blog for a while now or know me, you know how much I love meal prepping ahead of time. It does not only save me money but also the time in the kitchen. Time and money are both valuable commodities. We sometimes fail to see how time can be a commodity. If you think about it, time spent is not something that you can get back and how we spend it will pretty much dictate our day then our week, months, and a lifetime. We always say that there is not enough time in a day. How true is that especially for a busy family? Very true! That is why if you ask a busy family or a large family, a common theme that you will notice are: prioritization and keeping things simple (to save time). I do not have a large family and we always do not have a busy season BUT saving time and planning ahead will always be a part of me. 

  Speaking of planning ahead of time, I love cooking beans in batches. It will save you time and money of course. I use my Instant Pot for my beans and freeze them for later use. I do not always cook batch plain beans. I am sharing below a recipe that I always cook and my family's favorite. It is flavorful and versatile in such a way as you can pair this with several dishes. It is good on its own with rice and sprinkled cheese on top. I love using them for burritos and as a side too. I categorized this recipe as a $5 meal since the majority of the spices used in this recipe are in my pantry. All I had to buy was the 2 lb pinto beans. The recipe below uses a pound of beans only. I doubled all the ingredients. You can also add chili flakes or jalapeno.

Few things to consider:

  • This recipe uses an Instant Pot. While it can be expensive, it will be a great investment in your kitchen. My instant pot had saved me time and money. I had made bulk pantry staple items such as beans and batch-cooked eggs as well as meals. 
  • I live in the Inland Empire (Southern California). Prices in my area will be different from where you live. I know that Socal is a bit pricier than other states.
  • I only spent $2 on this recipe. I bought the beans from Dollar Tree.
  • It's okay to substitute if you missing an ingredient, For example, you can use vegetable broth instead of chicken,  use whatever you have on hand.
  • I used homemade broth. This also one of the pantry staples that you can make ahead of time. When I roast a chicken or make my Instant Pot Whole Chicken, I save the bones to make bone broth.



1 lb dried pinto beans

3 cups broth- I used homemade chicken broth 

3 cups water

1/2 cup tomato sauce (or tomato paste)

1 tbsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin

2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp paprika

2 tsp onion powder

1 tsp brown sugar

1/2 tsp dried oregano

2 drops liquid smoke (optional)

Salt and pepper to taste:


Inspect (to make sure there are no bad beans in it) and rinse dried beans. Place the beans inside the instant pot along with all the ingredients. Lock and set the seal of your instant pot. 

Cook on manual high pressure for 30 minutes. Natural release after cooking the beans. This natural release can take about 30-40 minutes. Mine took longer since I doubled the recipe.

This recipe is basically my go-to bean recipe for everything! I serve it with fried chicken, BBQ dishes, Mexican dishes, and even serve it with Mexican rice with cheese. It is full of flavor and I can guarantee you that it will be your favorite too.

I mentioned that I doubled this recipe so I can freeze some for future use. If you want to make a huge batch just double up the recipe using 2 lbs of beans (double the rest of the ingredients as well). This instant pot ranch-style bean recipe is freezer-friendly! I just thaw a container of beans the night before I would use it. 

I love having this BPA-free plastic food storage on hand and I have them in different sizes. I got a set from Amazon. I know some of you may turn their roses on the idea of using plastics. I have use glass jars before it freezes well but I think it depends on the brand. I have success freezing the Ball Mason Jars. If you freeze all sorts of veggies, meats, soups, or fruits, this plastic food storage works great as well.


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