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Instant Pot Charro Beans Recipe: Simple & Savory

Written by: Emily Smith

Whipping up my Instant Pot Charro Beans is a breeze. Packed with pinto beans, onion, garlic, and spices, it's a hearty, flavorful dish that warms you from the inside out.

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Imagine piping hot pinto beans, simmered with savoury diced tomatoes and a kick of jalapeño, waiting for you after a long day. Let me share with you my secret weapon - instant pot charro beans, a fuss-free dish straight from my kitchen to yours. Bursting with flavor and home-cooked goodness, these beans are comfort food at its finest. Cook along and invite warmth into your meals.

Ingredients for Delicious Instant Pot Charro Beans

  • Pinto beans: Hearty base of the dish, provides fiber and protein, essential for a traditional charro beans recipe.
  • Onion: Adds depth of flavor, sweetness, and aroma to the dish, a staple ingredient in Mexican cuisine.
  • Garlic: Enhances the overall taste with its pungent flavor, a classic addition to savory dishes like charro beans.
  • Jalapeño: Adds a mild heat and fresh flavor, balancing the dish with a touch of spiciness.
  • Diced tomatoes: Brings acidity and a burst of freshness, complements the beans with a hint of sweetness.
  • Cumin: Earthy and warm spice, adds a distinct flavor profile, commonly used in Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes.
  • Chili powder: Provides a kick of heat and depth of flavor, essential for a flavorful and spicy charro beans recipe.
  • Fresh cilantro: Brightens the dish with its fresh and citrusy flavor, adds a pop of color and freshness as a garnish.

Essential Tools for Making Charro Beans in the Instant Pot

  • Instant Pot: Speeds up cooking time and ensures beans are perfectly cooked without constant monitoring.
  • Knife: Essential for chopping onion, garlic, and jalapeño to add flavor and texture to the dish.

Instant Pot Charro Beans Recipe: Simple & Savory

This Instant Pot Charro Beans recipe is a simple and savory dish that is perfect for any occasion. It combines pinto beans with onions, garlic, jalapeños, and tomatoes, seasoned with cumin and chili powder, and garnished with fresh cilantro.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 people
Calories 250 kcal


  • Instant Pot


Main Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried pinto beans rinsed and picked over
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 jalapeño diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish


  • Place the rinsed pinto beans, water, onion, garlic, jalapeño, diced tomatoes, cumin, and chili powder in the Instant Pot.
  • Close the lid and set the vent to sealing. Cook on high pressure for 45 minutes.
  • Once the cooking time is up, allow for a natural pressure release for 10 minutes before manually releasing any remaining pressure.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve the charro beans hot, garnished with fresh cilantro.


These charro beans are perfect as a side dish or a main course. They are flavorful and nutritious, making them a great addition to any meal.


Calories: 250kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 15gFat: 1gSodium: 300mgPotassium: 700mgFiber: 12gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 200IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 100mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Charro Beans, Instant Pot, Pinto Beans
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Tips for Making Charro Beans Ahead of Time and Freezing

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the charro beans as directed in the recipe.
  • Allow the beans to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cook the charro beans as directed in the recipe.
  • Allow the beans to cool completely.
  • Transfer to a freezer-safe container or bag, leaving some room for expansion.
  • Label with the date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Charro beans are a traditional Mexican dish that originated in the northern regions of Mexico and are often served as a side dish with grilled meats.

Common Questions About Preparing Instant Pot Charro Beans

Can I use canned beans instead of dried beans for this recipe?
Yes, you can use canned pinto beans for a quicker cooking time. Just reduce the cooking time in the Instant Pot to 5-10 minutes.
How can I make the charro beans spicier?
To add more heat, you can increase the amount of jalapeños or add a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes.
Can I freeze the leftover charro beans?
Yes, you can freeze the charro beans in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.
What can I serve with charro beans?
Charro beans are delicious on their own but also pair well with rice, tortillas, grilled meats, or as a side dish for Mexican-inspired meals.
How long do these charro beans last in the refrigerator?
Properly stored in an airtight container, the charro beans will last in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.

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