Instant Pot Baked Baked Beans can be made in just over an hour and for just a few dollars.
Homemade baked beans from scratch that taste just like you remember, or maybe even better!
Instant Pot Baked Beans
One of the things that I love most about my Instant Pot is that I can make instant pot beans from scratch.
There's no pre-soaking involved, no unknown preservatives in the can, and homemade baked beans are super inexpensive to make.
Ingredients for these Instant Pot Beans
- 12 oz great northern beans (dry)
- 1-quart beef broth (low sodium)
- 1 onion, sautéed
- 4 oz Prosciutto (Italian ham) or 8 oz bacon.
- 4 cloves of garlic, crushed/diced
- 2 tbs fresh ginger, peeled and finely diced
- 1 bottle bbq sauce
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
Instant Pot Beans are a Kid-Friendly Food
On top of all the other reasons that I like these instant pot beans: Our kids (teenage boys) will not only eat them, but they like eating them!
Key points for making these Instant Pot Beans
- Use dry beans
- You do not have to pre-soak them overnight!
- Allow for a natural release (NR) of your Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker
- Baking is optional
- For a traditional look, texture, and taste, I prefer to finish my instant pot beans off in the oven, but you don't have to bake them.
FAQ for making Instant Pot Baked Beans
What kind of beans should I use?
This is a matter of preference.
Traditionally for baked beans, most recipes call for either:
- Navy Beans - Small white beans with a mild flavor and a member of the haricot bean family.
- Great Northern Beans - Also members of the haricot bean family but a bit larger than their cousin, navy beans.
- Shameless Plug: I'm partial to Great Northern Beans, largely because of my famous white chicken chili recipe!
How can I add more flavor to my Instant Pot Beans?
Although these instant pot beans are not pre-soaked, they are pressure cooked with broth and then mixed with sauteed onion and garlic.
All of these ingredients will add lots of flavor to your instant pot baked beans.
Do I have to bake these?
No, once the instant pot beans are cooked, you can just add the rest of the ingredients in the recipe, and you are good to go!
- You can bake them for an hour or two in a hot oven for a traditional baked bean finish.
Next time you want to make some homemade baked beans, try this instant pot bean recipe.
I know you're going to like it!
PS: Have you tried our Instant Pot Ribs?
- They're pressure cooked in an orange-whiskey sauce and ready to eat in under an hour!
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Instant Pot Baked Beans
- Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker
- Iron Skillet
- 12 oz great northern beans dry and rinsed
- 32 oz low-sodium beef broth may use chicken or vegetable broth as well
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion large, coarse dice
- 4 oz prosciutto fried, chopped (or bacon)
- 2 tbsp ginger fresh, peeled, fine chop
- 4 cloves garlic fresh, peeled, fine chop
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- 18 oz barbecue sauce
- Rinse the beans and place in the Instant Pot along with 1 32 oz box of broth. Pressure cook on high for 60 minutes and allow a natural release (NR) of at least 15 minutes.
- While the instant pot beans are pressure cooking, prepare the other ingredients.
- Coarsely dice and sauté your onion in some olive oil, using a 9-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat, until the onion is soft and translucent . Remove the onion and set aside. Fry the prosciutto or bacon till crisp, over medium heat then drain and chop coarsely. If you want to finish your instant pot baked beans in the oven, preheat the oven to 400°.
- When the bean are done, use a rubber spatula and gently stir them in any remaining broth. Add your sautéed onion, the chopped prosciutto or bacon the garlic, ginger, barbecue sauce and maple syrup. Mix it all gently with a rubber spatula and then transfer back to the iron skillet. You can eat them now, or for a traditional baked bean, go to the next step.
- Place skillet in oven at 400° F for two hours. At this point you can cover the skillet with foil and reduce the oven temp to 175° (or lowest setting) to keep warm, or serve them.