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Instant Pot Charro Beans in a white bowl with cilantro on top

Instant Pot Charro Beans

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!

  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


  • 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


  1. Sift through the beans and remove any stones or broken beans.
  2. Rinse and drain, then place in the pressure cooker.
  3. Add the bacon, jalapeño, onion, garlic, taco seasoning and water to the pot. Stir.
  4. Close the lid and turn the knob to sealing.
  5. Cook on high pressure for 70 minutes.
  6. Quick release after 20 minutes.
  7. Remove the jalapeño and stir in the chopped cilantro.
  8. Let cool with the lid open for about 15 minutes. The beans should thicken as they cool.
  9. Season with salt to taste.
  10. 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!

  • Author: Sarah | AwayFromTheBox
  • 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