About a year ago I made some Mexican Pinto Beans in the Instant Pot without using foods in the nightshade family. That means I didn’t use chilies, chili powder or tomatoes. Now, a year later, I’ve made some more Mexican Style Chili Beans, but this time I used chili powder, jalapeno and some chopped tomato.
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I made this in my beloved Instant Pot, but you can make it on the stove or in a slow cooker. However you make it, I hope you enjoy it! It is super yummy!
Mexican Pinto Beans (#2)
- 1 pound dried pinto beans (about 2 1/4 cups)
- 1 onion peeled and chopped
- 4 garlic cloves peeled and minced
- 1 jalapeno pepper
- 1/2 -1 cup tomato chopped
- 1-2 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 3/4 teaspoons sea salt optional
- chopped cilantro leaves
Sort through the dried pinto beans picking out any bad beans or debris. Rinse the beans and put them in a bowl. Cover with ample water and allow them to soak overnight or for at least 4 hours.
Drain and rinse the beans. Add the beans to the stainless steel inner pot. If the beans were well soaked, add 3 1/4 cups water. If the beans weren't soaked for as long, then add more water.
Add the onion and garlic. Using disposable gloves, cut the stem off the jalapeno pepper and cut it in half. Remove the seeds and membrane. Dice the jalapeno and add as much as you want. The more you add, the hotter the chili will be. 🙂
Add the tomato, chili powder, cumin and oregano. I used the small grape tomatoes cut into 4 pieces. I also use 1 tablespoon chili powder, but you might like it hotter. 🙂
Stir the ingredients.
Put the stainless steel inner pot into the Instant Pot. Put the lid on and secure it. Turn the sealing knob to Sealing. Press the Bean / Chili function and adjust the time to 22 minutes. (I have to cook my soaked pinto beans for 53 minutes because I live at 7000 feet in elevation!)
Allow the pressure to come down naturally, or at least wait 15 minutes, then carefully release the rest of the pressure. Remove the lid carefully and check to see if the beans are done. If not, then cook a bit longer.
Add salt to taste if desired. Add a heaping spoonful of love. Serve garnished with cilantro if desired. Enjoy!