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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
  • 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.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min