I had some Cranberry Beans on hand and decided to make them into Mexican Beans using my Instant Pot. I make most beans into some kind of Mexican Bean because I live in the Southwest and I love those flavors! 🙂 If you don’t have Cranberry beans, use pinto beans instead.
Here’s the recipe! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Cranberry Beans in the Instant Pot
- 1 pound dried cranberry beans soaked
- 3 1/4 cups water
- 1 onion peeled and chopped
- 4 garlic cloves peeled and minced
- 1/3 cup chopped cilantro leaves
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
- cooked rice (optional)
Sort through the dried beans, discarding any shriveled beans and debris. Rinse the beans and put them in a large bowl. Add water to cover....and add extra water so the beans will still be covered when they double in size. (I usually put the beans in an 8 cup Pyrex bowl and add water to the 8 cup mark. Soak the beans overnight or for at least 6 hours. Here's a photo of the unsoaked beans.
Here's a photo of the soaked beans.
Drain and rinse the beans. Put them in the Instant Pot along with 3 1/4 cups water. (The beans should just be covered. If not, add a bit more water.)
Add the onion and garlic. Put the lid on, turn the knob to "Sealing". Press the bean/chili function and your cooking time. I used 45 minutes, because I live at 7000 feet. I think even 40 minutes would have worked for me as the beans were very soft. But very soft beans in this recipe work well. You might try about 20 minutes for the soaked beans if you live at a lower elevation.
When the beans are done, allow for a natural pressure release. Keep the pot in the warming mode for now. Remove the lid and look at the amount of liquid in the pot. If it seems too much to you, remove some of the liquid with a large spoon and set aside or discard. I kept all the liquid and it made some nice saucy beans.
Add the remaining ingredients to your taste. Make sure you also add a heaping spoonful of love! Stir the beans, and cover with the lid or glass lid if you have one. Let sit for a few minutes to allow the flavors to blend.
Mash some of the beans if you want to, while leaving most of them whole. Serve over cooked rice with cilantro for garnish if desired. Enjoy!
Here's how I make rice in the Instant Pot!