These quick baked beans are made from scratch using your Instant Pot and can be ready in to eat in just over an hour.
Quick Baked Beans
made from scratch
We are continuing our kitchen journey using the Instant Pot and today we are featuring a taste of Americana that is nearly as ubiquitous to the American culture as Apple Pie and the hot dog. Today we are making quick baked beans from the Instant Pot. Homemade baked beans that are from scratch and ready in just over an hour. I dare say you can’t find anything like this other than right here in the good ole’ US of A!
As we have talked about before on this food blog, even though these quick baked beans come from the Instant Pot, there is still some good old fashioned cooking that is required on your part. Not a lot, but a little. Remember, you’re only going to get out of your recipe creations what you put into them. The Instant Pot definitely speeds the process of making these baked beans from scratch and adds a little fun to the process as well, in my humble opinion (or IMHO as my kids are teaching me to write).
This recipe for quick baked beans starts by using your Instant Pot to sauté some bacon and onions. Does anything taste better with beans than a little pork? I think not. Actually, bacon in particular seems to make just about any recipe better, although I draw the line at topping my cupcakes with bacon even though that is the practice at one of our favorite Italian restaurants in Appleton, Wisconsin.
After sautéing the bacon and onion, you pressure cook some dried great northern beans, for about an hour. We did this process with our White Chicken Chili and with our Asian Beef Stew and Lentils recipe. A few things we are learning about pressure cooking beans in the Instant Pot:
Not all beans cook at the same rate, size matters!
Smaller beans (such as lentils) will take less time.
Larger beans like the great northern beans will take longer to cook.
The more beans you have, regardless of size, the longer you need to cook them.
The beans need to have at least an inch of liquid above them, before cooking.
It’s better to have a little too much liquid than not enough, you can easily reduce it later using the sauté or soup function on the Instant Pot.
Cook your beans in broth, you’ll get so much more flavor out of the recipe.
You can make these quick baked beans to be just about any consistency that you prefer. I stuck these in the oven to finish off only because I was also putting together our first Instant Pot Ribs Recipe which turned out insanely delicious and simple to make. Naturally I made enough of these quick baked beans to feed a small town but that was OK. I found out that they heat up in a jiffy and stay delicious for several days.
Please have some fun in the kitchen and give these baked beans from the Instant Pot a try. I think you will love them and I bet your friends will too. We would appreciate it if you would share this Instant Pot recipe and our food site with your friends and family, we are just getting started and it’s going to be a delicious journey!
Instant Pot Quck Baked Beans
Instant Pot Baked Beans, homemade from scratch and ready to eat in a little over an hour.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 4 oz bacon diced into 1/2" pieces
- 1/2 white onion medium dice
- 3.5 cups broth chicken, beef, or vegetable . May use water.
- 2 cups great northern beans
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
- 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 3 tbs yellow mustard
Add olive oil to Instant Pot and select sauté function on medium setting. Add bacon and onion and cook for a few minutes until onion is soft and translucent. Turn Instant Pot off.
Add beans to Instant Pot, along with broth. Make sure the cover is in sealed position and cook on manual high setting for 60 minutes. Allow to release naturally at end of cycle.
Stir in remaining ingredients. If there is too much liquid in the beans, set Instant Pot to sauté (medium) or soup (low) and stir and reduce. You can serve the beans at this point or put them them in an oven safe dish and brown them in the oven at 350° for 15 minutes.