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A bowl of Santa Maria Pinquito Beans

Instant Pot Santa Maria Pinquito Beans Recipe

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  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Total Time: 27 minute
  • Yield: 6 cups beans 1x


Instant Pot Santa Maria Pinquito Beans. A taste of Santa Maria, ready in about an hour in the pressure cooker.


  • 4 ounces bacon, diced
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 pound dry Santa Maria Pinquito Beans, sorted and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 cups water
  • 8-ounce can Tomato Sauce


  1. Brown the bacon: Spread the bacon out in the bottom of an Instant Pot or other pressure cooker, then set it for Sauté mode - Medium (use medium-low heat with a stovetop pressure cooker). Cook the bacon, stirring often, until the bacon is starting to brown, about 5 minutes.
  2. Sauté the aromatics in the bacon fat: Stir the onion and garlic into the bacon in the pressure cooker pot, and sprinkle with the ½ teaspoon of salt. Sauté until the onion softens, about five minutes.
  3. Everything in the pot: Add the sorted and rinsed pinquito beans to the pot, then sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of salt, the mustard powder, and the baking soda. Stir in the water, and then stir in the tomatoes.
  4. Pressure cook the beans for 35 minutes with a Natural Release: Lock the lid and pressure cook at high pressure for 35 minutes in an Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker or for 30 minutes in a stovetop PC. (On the Instant Pot, use the Manual, Pressure Cook, or Pressure Cook - Custom setting, and set the cooking time to 35 minutes.) Let the pressure come down naturally, about 20 minutes more. (You can quick release any remaining pressure after 15 minutes if you are in a hurry.) Remove the lid, tilting it away to avoid hot steam. Ladle into bowls, serve and enjoy!


This recipe fits in a 6-quart pressure cooker. (I love my 6 quart Instant Pot - though if you pay close attention to the video, you’ll notice that I use a Fagor Lux that I was testing.)

Thickening the beans: If you want to thicken up the bean broth, scoop 2 cups of cooked beans and cooking liquid out of the cooker and puree them, then stir the pureed beans back into the pot. I put them in a quart measuring cup and use my stick blender.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American