Easy recipe for Instant Pot Cowboy Beans, the perfect comfort food and a great side to serve at your next cook out!
Soak your Pinto beans for at least 8 hours at room temperature, then discard the water and use as directed in the recipe.
Saute the bacon pieces until crispy, remove from fat with slotted spoon. You might find it easier to do this in a large skillet.
Turn on the saute setting in your Instant Pot. Saute the onions, bell pepper, and beef for a few minutes until the beef is brown, then turn the saute off.
Mix together the gluten free Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, molasses, yellow mustard, BBQ sauce, Ancho Chili Powder, and gluten free beef broth.
Add the pre-soaked Pinto beans, beef broth mixture, and the cooked bacon to the pot and mix well.
Lock the lid, turn the steam vent to 'sealing' and using the 'manual' or 'pressure cook' button, adjust it to cook for 8 minutes at high pressure, then let it do a natural pressure release for 35 minutes, then release the remaining pressure.
Due to the volume, it will take about 25 minutes to come to pressure.
After you've released the pressure and removed the lid you will need to simmer it on the saute setting for about 20 minutes for the liquid to reduce and the sauce to get nice and thick, don't skip this!
USING UN-SOAKED BEANS
Please read the paragraph in the post for more details on this. I don't recommend using un-soaked beans as the results are not always consistent.
If you do want to go that route, then I'd cook the beans separately for 40 minutes, then let the pressure cooker sit until the pressure drops. Then I'd use the beans in the recipe as written. However - I have NOT tested the recipe this way and I cannot guarantee it will work! I really recommend you soak your beans for 8hrs or overnight for best results.
COOKING AT HIGH ALTITUDE
This will affect your cook time, please refer to the chart for High Altitude Pressure cooking in this article. (It's in the middle of the post)
TOTAL COOK TIME
This assumes you are using pre-soaked beans as recommended. I used a 6Qt Instant Pot to cook them.
25 minutes to come to pressure
8 minutes at pressure
35 minutes natural pressure release
20 minutes further simmering to thicken up.
TOTAL COOK TIME: 1hr 28 minutes
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