Beef & Bean – Instant Pot

#AECRoadTrip RECIPE THREE finds us in Arizona (at my sister-in-laws home) where we were treated to a brand new experience… No soak Instant Pot beans made with Beef (not pork). Say what?! At first I was hesitant because, hello… bacon…. but after a taste, WOW was I sold. And since my sister has a pork allergy, you better believe this is going to be in my summer recipe mix.

So easy (so cheap) and so so good!


Beef & Beans

Adventures in Everyday Cooking


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 can chopped green chilies
  • 1 ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • tsp cayenne
  • 1 ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1-2 beef shanks
  • 1 lb pinto beans rinsed, sorted, and picked through
  • 1 bottle BBQ sauce of choice OPTIONAL


  • Turn pressure cooker to saute/sear and add olive oil. When the oil shimmers, add the onions and saute until soft.
  • Add green chilies and spices and saute just 30-60 seconds.
  • Add broth, water, beans, and beef shanks.
  • Place lid on the pot and seal. Set to 50-60 minutes on high pressure.
  • When time is up, allow to natural pressure release at least 20 minutes.
  • Release remaining pressure, fish out the bones & bay leaves, and if you are adding BBQ sauce to the pot, do that now. Residual heat will warm the sauce.

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