The Best Recipe for Instant Pot Baked Beans
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This Instant Pot baked beans recipe is perfect as a side dish or add some meat and make it the main course!
Whether you call it pork and beans or baked beans, this recipe is tasty! The Instant Pot infuses the ham and beans with sweetness from the brown sugar and a zestiness from the Dijon mustard and ketchup combination.
Serve this along with some ribs or your favorite burgers and you have an unforgettable meal!
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The best thing about the Instant Pot is that it uses pressure to really inject flavor into every bite! It also makes cooking super easy. If you know how to use the stove or the slow cooker, then you’ll be able to use the Instant Pot!
I love the idea of putting together a meal one-pot style and my recipe for Instant Pot Baked Beans offers exactly that.
There are lots of ways that you can completely customize and tweak this recipe – and I’ll share all of my favorite tips below.
Ladies and Gents, here is my recipe for Instant Pot Baked Beans. Sure, they can serve as your next side for brunch, but try giving credit where credit is due. This baby deserves to be the main star for your next dinner party!
How to Make Instant Pot Baked Beans
For this recipe, I used canned beans and my own combination of spices. Here’s more information about how I made it.
What You Need:
Here’s what you’ll need from the store. The exact amounts are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Kitchen Tools Needed
- Canola oil
- Ham, cut into cubes
- Can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- Can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- Brown sugar
- Dijon mustard
- Cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- Salt, pepper, and sweet paprika to taste
Instant Pot Baked Beans Tips
Bacon Is Optional
If you have cooked bacon, you can add it to the baked beans! I did not, but it is definitely a popular option in baked beans. Use as much bacon as you want to. In this recipe, I think that 6 slices crumbled are the perfect amount.
Use A Wooden Spoon
Be sure to use a wooden spoon – I find that using a wooden spoon while cooking in the Instant Pot keeps the inner pot from getting scratched.
Use Enough Water/Liquid To Prevent BURN Warning
You will need to add a cup of water to the baked beans. It cooks out and doesn’t turn it into a soup, I promise! If you don’t use enough water, the beans will stick to the pot and you might get the dreaded Instant Pot BURN warning.
Add Other Ingredients On Top
Add ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard on top. You want to avoid getting these ingredients on the bottom of your Instant Pot, so make sure to really just pour it on top.
Use Cooked Or Canned Beans
This recipe is for cooked or canned beans. If you want to use dried beans, I suggest cooking them the night before and then adding them to the Instant Pot when you are ready to make the baked beans.
The Best Recipe for Instant Pot Baked Beans
- Instant Pot
- 1 tbsp canola oil
- 1 cup ham chopped
- 1 can kidney beans 14.5 ounces, drained and rinsed
- 2 cans pinto beans 14.5 ounceseach, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 10 cherry tomatoes cut in half
- salt, pepper to taste
- sweet paprika to taste
- Set Instant Pot to the sauté function and add canola oil. Allow to heat for a minute.
- Add chopped ham and sauté for about 2 minutes.
- Turn off IP’s sauté function and add beans and water. Mix.
- Add ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard on top.
- Close the lid and set your IP manual pressure (high) for 8 minutes.
- Once the time is up, allow for a 15-minute NPR.
- Open the lid and stir while adding cherry tomatoes.
- Season with salt, pepper and paprika. Serve in individual bowls.
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We loved baked beans! I know making it from a can is not as healthy, but I never saw it done so seamlessly like you present here! Thanks for this, I am going to try this in my instant pot!
Baked beans a favourite and a part of my staple diet since my college days. Happy to come across your recipe.
wow I need one of those!
I have seen the commercials more than I would like to but never thought of the possibilities.
This looks tasty would need to share with my mom!! Also ketchup, who would of known!!! Thank you for sharing.
Those look so good! I love baked beans, but I rarely make them because of the time it takes. This recipe does away with all that!
These look delicious. My boyfriend has been wanting an insta pot but we have a slow cooker so I didn’t really want to buy one. Do you think making the change is worth it?
This was exactly the same question I asked myself. I haven’t used a slow cooker since getting an Instant Pot just because the IP yielded such quick results. I would definitely make the switch but still keep a slow cooker on-hand! Both would be very beneficial!
What a great recipe, just in time for outdoor barbecues (planning ahead already!). We love our instant pot, and look forward to making this soon.
This recipe looks AMAZING! I have everything to make this – so it’s for dinner tonight!
I admit it, I admit it. I don’t have an instapot. And I honestly don’t know that I would ever invest in one! I can’t eat beans and I love crispy food over smooshy (lol) so my air-fryer is my best friend! That being said, instapots are legit saving the world, one busy person at a time!
Thank you for sharing this recipe. Going to try it out tonight.
Why haven’t I ever thought of making baked beans myself? I always buy the can. I bet this is so much better!
These beans look so good! I cannot wait to try them! I love sweet flavors like you have here!!
Instant Pot Baked Beans is one of my comfort food. I hope I can make one tonight. So good!
Such a great recipe! Awesome cold night option! I can’t wait to try it!
My husband is a firefighter and they could really use an Instant Pot at their fire station! They love anything with beans-especially chili. This recipe would be a fan favorite for sure.
Our weather has been so cold and rainy I could really use this recipe 🙂