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Instant Pot Small Red Beans (Domingo Rojo Beans)

A bowl of red beans in front of a pressure cooker, a salt pig, and a pepper grinder
Instant Pot Small Red Beans

Instant Pot Small Red Beans (Domingo Rojo Beans). A pot of beans, ready in about an hour thanks to pressure cooking.

A few years ago, I got a bag of Domingo Rojo beans – small red beans – in my Rancho Gordo bean club box. These were new beans to me; I googled around and found out they’re native to the Caribbean.

I’m used to larger red Kidney beans; small red beans have a similar taste, and can be used in place of kidney beans, with a quick-cooking. There are a number of Caribbean versions of red beans and rice that use this bean. The small bean’s big advantage is that it cooks quicker and more evenly than kidney beans. I’m a small red bean convert.

Now, for the soaking question. (I always get asked about soaking in the comments, eventually.) You don’t have to soak small red beans before cooking. They are small enough to cook through quickly. I only soak them when I’m making a recipe (like this turkey chili) where it helps make the cooking times match the other ingredients. If I’m just making a pot of beans, I cook them straight from dried, no soaking required.

As an aside, because I’ve had a few questions about this from readers: the Rancho Gordo Bean Club is open to new subscribers!

[UPDATE 2019-11-03: Maybe not – the bean club still shows as out of stock. Still, enter your email in the “we will notify you” box if you want to join – it sounds like they had spaces available at the end of October…]

Recipe: Instant Pot Small Red Beans (Domingo Rojo Beans)

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A bowl of red beans in front of a pressure cooker, a salt pig, and a pepper grinder

Instant Pot Small Red Beans (Domingo Rojo Beans)

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups of beans 1x


Instant Pot Small Red Beans (Domingo Rojo Beans). A pot of beans, ready in about an hour thanks to pressure cooking.


  • 1 pound small red beans, sorted and rinsed
  • 8 cups water for soaking (optional, see instructions)
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt for soaking (optional, see instructions)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 onion, peeled and halved
  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Sort and rinse the beans: Sort the beans, discarding any stones, dirt, or broken beans. Rinse the beans. If you want to, do an overnight or quick soak.
  2. Overnight soak: Cover the beans with 8 cups of water and sprinkle with the 2 teaspoons of salt. Leave the beans to soak at least 8 hours, or overnight.
  3. OR: Pressure Quick Soak for 1 minute with a 30 minute rest: Put the beans, 8 cups of water, and 2 teaspoons of salt in an Instant Pot or other pressure cooker. Pressure cook at high pressure for 1 minute (“Manual” or “Pressure Cook” mode in an Instant Pot), Quick Release the pressure, then let the beans sit for 30 minutes.
  4. Pressure Cook for 10 minutes (soaked) or 25 minutes (unsoaked) with a 15 minute Natural Release: Drain the beans, discarding the soaking liquid. Put the beans in the pressure cooker, add 6 cups of water, sprinkle with the teaspoon of salt, then add the onion halves and bay leaf. Lock the lid and pressure cook at high pressure: 10 minutes for soaked beans, or 25 minutes for unsoaked beans. (In a stovetop PC, cook for 8 minutes soaked/20 minutes unsoaked). For soaked beans you can quick release the pressure, or let the pressure naturally release. For unsoaked beans, don’t quick release – let the pressure come down naturally. (If you’re in a hurry, you can stop the natural pressure release after 15 minutes by quick releasing any remaining pressure.)
  5. Serve: Discard the onion and bay leaf. To use as a side dish, serve the beans with their broth; to add to another recipe, drain the beans. Enjoy!


  • I freeze leftover beans with their broth in 2-cup containers. A thawed container will replace a 15-ounce can of beans in other recipes.
  • Thank you to Rancho Gordo for the fantastic Domingo Rojo Beans.
  • The other place I can reliably find small red beans is my local Walmart super center. Unfortunately, they are not carried by other grocery stores here in Northeastern Ohio.


What do you think?

Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below.

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Hi! I’m Mike Vrobel. I’m a dad and an enthusiastic home cook; an indie cookbook author and food blogger with a day job, a patient spouse, and three kids who would rather have hamburgers for dinner.


  1. Karen Dutton says

    How easy is this to scale up and do 2 or 3 lbs at a time? We have a 6 qt Instant Pot and found a bunch of these beans on clearance. I find I’m much more likely to use the beans if they are already cooked and in the freezer.

    • You can double the ingredients, and the cooking time remains the same – just don’t go over the 2/3rds Max Fill line in you cooker.

  2. Bett B says

    I was glad to find your blog. I searched for Domingo Rojo IP cooking time, and you came up.

    Bravo to you for including all the careful details for each method of soak / no soak, even to the release info. Not everyone is so detailed.

    Mine are in the IP right now so thanks for the info.

    I do have a request: I see you have a couple of categories to search your recipes; could you add a vegan one? It would get me here more.

    Thanks either way!

  3. Kathy Riley says

    I made this recipe and your Pinto Bean recipe in my new Instant Pot. My guy said, “Nailed it! This is what beans are supposed to taste like!” He’s glad he bought me the pot for my birthday, and I’m glad I found your recipes that appeal to my guy!

  4. Ellen says

    In addition to Walmart, Target, and Kroger … our Publix stores also carry this little gem!

  5. Bruce Tindall says

    I found small red beans in a Ralph’s store in Southern California. Ralph’s is part of the Kroger chain, so you might try looking in Kroger’s for them.

  6. Terrie Buckner says

    Got my first Rancho Gordo Bean Club delivery already and was waiting to see what you would cook up first! Sounds good! I ‘ll have to try the red beans this weekend! Thanks

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