Instant Pot Charro Beans are a thick, smoky and spicy side dish. These beans are always a hit at potlucks, cookouts, fiestas, backyard BBQs and even Thanksgiving!
Have you seen my slow cooker charro beans post? Did you scoff at the cook time?
Yeah, I know. It’s excessive. Trust me, I love love love these beans, and I just kinda deal with the cook time. It isn’t my favorite. And having these delicious smells lingering for 36+ hours is absolute torture.
Don’t ask me why this never occurred to me before now, but I decided that I need, need, need to adapt this for the Instant Pot.
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So this recipe tastes exactly like my slow cooker charro beans without the excruciatingly long cook time.
You might also notice that despite being Instant Pot Charro Beans, these still aren’t quite instant. In fact, my recipe is still longer than others you might find on Pinterest.
There’s a reason for this. These beans have less of a soupy consistency and have a thickness more akin to baked beans, which requires more time to allow the beans to break down and release their starch.
And while a lot of charro beans recipes I see online have a very thin broth, like plain white or navy beans in soup, that’s just not what this is.
This is one step away from being refried beans and they’re so thick and flavorful they can be a meal on their own. In Texas, you can find these beans accompanying both Tex Mex dishes and BBQ, and they even make it onto my plate every year at Thanksgiving. They’re smoky, savory, spicy and absolutely amazing.
This dish shines at potlucks, fiestas and backyard BBQs. Why don’t you give it a shot?!
Until next time. X
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Instant Pot Charro Beans
- 16 oz. dry pinto beans
- 4 slices of bacon, chopped roughly
- 1 jalapeño, whole
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced or thinly sliced
- 2 1/2 Tbsp taco seasoning
- 4 cups water
- salt, to taste
- 8 sprigs cilantro, chopped roughly
- Sift through the beans and remove any stones or broken beans.
- Rinse and drain, then place in the pressure cooker.
- Add the bacon, jalapeño, onion, garlic, taco seasoning and water to the pot. Stir.
- Close the lid and turn the knob to sealing.
- Cook on high pressure for 70 minutes.
- Quick release after 20 minutes.
- Remove the jalapeño and stir in the chopped cilantro.
- Let cool with the lid open for about 15 minutes. The beans should thicken as they cool.
- Season with salt to taste.
- Serve warm, with optional garnishes such as additional cilantro, cotija cheese, or pico de gallo.
- Instant Pot pressure cooker
- large strainer
Stuck with leftovers and tired of whole beans? Heat 1 Tbsp vegetable oil in a skillet with 2 cups beans and mash with a fork or potato masher to make easy refried beans!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 90 minutes
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Pressure Cooker
- Cuisine: Tex Mex
Keywords: charro beans, borracho beans, mexican beans, instant pot beans