I love my Instant Pot, especially for cooking beans! Once the pot is going, I don’t give it a second thought until it beeps that it has finished cooking. I love that! I love that I don’t have to monitor the water level as I would if I were cooking beans on the stove. A slow cooker is also nice, but the Instant Pot is a lot faster, which I like!
It seems I can tolerate some legumes, for which I’m grateful. Pinto beans are one of my favorite legumes. Since I live in the southwest, I was raised on Mexican food and I really enjoy it. Since starting the elimination diet, I eliminated the peppers and tomatoes since they are in the nightshade family. Avocados are high in histamine (and benzoates) so I’ve been avoiding them too for awhile. Of course, I will be retesting all these foods again, but for now they *seem* to be problematic for me (joint pain and headaches are the usual result of eating them).
So, how can one make decent Mexican food without tomatoes, avocados and peppers (jalapeno, chili powder, green chilies, etc)? Well, I used lots of onion, garlic and cilantro and I was pretty pleased with the result!
The pinto beans were made in the Instant Pot, but you can cook yours on the stove or in a slow cooker. I always cook my beans plain so I can use them a number of different ways. I took the cooked beans and made some Mexican Pinto Beans and also some Mexican “Refried” Beans (without added oil or fat). I’ve made the Mexican Beans both on the stove and in the Instant Pot. Either way works….I just always cook my beans first in the Instant Pot. 🙂
If you have to avoid the nightshade family of foods, I think you will enjoy these beans. If you can enjoy peppers and cumin (which I haven’t tested yet) feel free to add some of these spices too!
You might find Miss Vickie’s cooking time chart for dried beans helpful. My cooking times are much longer than her suggested times….I guess because I live at 7000 feet in elevation. Find the time that works for you and make a note of it somewhere.
Happy cooking! (and eating! 🙂 )
Oh, and if you are interested in a recipe for pinto beans that has a few additional spices added, you can check out my later post Mexican Pinto Beans #2! 🙂