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This Instant Pot Baked Beans recipe couldn’t be easier to make. Try this pressure cooker baked beans recipe that requires no soaking at all.

Most baked beans recipes that start with dry beans require hours and hours of soaking.

But, when you make this recipe you can enjoy baked beans Instant Pot style in less than two hours!

Instant pot homemade baked beans from scratch, collage of making the beans.

Instant Pot Baked Beans


Baked beans are one of my favorite side dishes to serve at barbecues. They go so well with just about any type of grilled meat.

All you really need to do is add a fresh garden salad to the meal and you are all set.

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A bowl of baked beans made in the instant pot.

How to make Instant Pot Baked Beans


If you want to make pressure cooker baked beans, just follow these simple steps.

  • Place the beans, onions, and beef broth into the Instant Pot and cook them for one and a half hours.
  • Release the pressure manually.
  • Mix together the brown sugar, mustard, molasses, and Worcestershire sauce. Add it to the Instant Pot and heat. 

Can I pre-soak the beans?


Yes, if you want to make this in less than one hour and 25 minutes, you can soak your dry beans for 4 hours.

Then, you will only need to cook the beans, onions, and broth for 40 minutes.

Can I use canned beans?


Yes, if you want to use canned beans when you make pressure cooker baked beans, you can.

Just add the beans and the other ingredients and cook them on the manual setting for about 15 minutes. 

Homemade baked beans recipe served in a bowl.

What are the best beans for Instant Pot Baked Beans?


This recipe was made with navy beans. But, you could also use northern beans and still cook them for the same amount of time.

If you try a different type of dried beans, make sure that you check the cooking time. It may need to be adjusted slightly for a different type of bean.

Instant Pot Baked Beans Recipe served in a white oval bowl sitting on a blue and white striped towel

Why are my beans watery?


If your sauce hasn’t thickened up enough, you can easily make it thicker with this simple trick. Just mix a bit of cornstarch with cold water.

Then, slowly stir this mixture into your baked beans until the sauce is thicker.

Never add cornstarch directly to hot liquid as it will make lumps and ruin your Instant Pot Baked Beans.

What else can I add to baked beans?


We love this recipe just the way it is. But, if you want to try adding something else, you can add salt pork or bacon.

If you want a slightly different flavor, you can also add barbecue sauce, cayenne pepper, or even espresso powder.

An oval bowl filled with instant pot homemade baked beans from scratch.

How do I store leftover Instant Pot Baked beans?


If you have leftovers you want to store for the next day, you can place them in an air-tight container.

Store them in the refrigerator and they will stay good for three to five days.

If you want to keep them for longer than that, you will need to freeze them.

All you need to do is put them in a freezer container. They will stay good in the freezer for about 3 months. 

To reheat them, let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then, heat them slowly in a saucepan until they are heated through.

They almost taste better the next day!

Baked Beans Recipe


Here are photos to walk you through making this homemade baked beans recipe.

They’re real easy to do!

Find the complete recipe with ingredient amounts at the bottom of this page.

Equipment

Instant Pot (Get a new one here)

Ingredients

  • Navy Beans
  • Brown Sugar
  • Mustard
  • Molasses
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Beef broth
  • Onion
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cornstarch

Instructions

Open your instant pot and put the beans, onion, and beef broth into the pot. 

pouring beef broth into beans in instant pot to make baked beans

Beef broth and bean in an instant pot ready to make baked beans.

Beans, broth, and onions in an instant pot.

Cover and set the valve to the sealed position. 

Use the pressure cook or manual button for the appropriate time listed below.

  • Presoaked beans: 1 hour and 25 minutes
  • Not presoaked: 40 minutes

When the instant pot stops counting, release the pressure by opening the valve. Then, when the pin drops, open the pot.

Cooked beans and onions in the instant pot

In a bowl or even in the measuring cup as I do to save on dishes, mix the brown sugar, mustard, molasses, and Worcestershire sauce.

Mixture to go into the beans to make baked beans

Pour the mixture into the instant pot and mix with the beans and stir together.

Homemade baked beans in the instant pot

Turn on saute mode (normal heat). Stir frequently. Add in salt and pepper.

Beans are too watery? Use 2 tablespoons of cornstarch mixed with a little water to make a slurry.  Add this while in saute mode and the beans will start to thicken.

Keep in mind, when the beans cool down a little bit, they will thicken on their own.

Homemade baked beans made in an instant pot.

What can I do with leftover beans?


You can always reheat them the next day and eat them with your next meal.

But, if you want something different to do with them, you can add chopped hot dogs to them for lunch.

Or, you can also add them to the chili when you make it.

Why not try a baked bean sandwich? Just heat the beans and enjoy them on fresh homemade biscuits.  You won’t believe how good they are!

More BBQ Side Dishes


This recipe is the perfect barbecue side dish. We often enjoy it with corn on the cob and potato salad. But, if you want a few more side dishes to go along with it, why not try one of these too:

Try this delicious southern macaroni salad with ham and cubes of fresh vegetables today.

This spinach and artichoke dip recipe is a perfect party appetizer. Place a spoon in the dish and everyone can have a scoop!

BBQ Main Dishes


Instant potting these beans really makes BBQ parties a little less stressful. Try these easy recipes for your next backyard barbecue. 

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Instant pot baked beans from scratch.

An oval bowl filled with instant pot homemade baked beans from scratch.

Instant Pot Baked Beans

Scrappy Geek
Make this homemade baked beans recipe in your instant pot. A delicious and easy side dish, these baked beans are made from scratch and taste amazing -- a perfect BBQ side dish to enjoy.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Side, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people

Equipment

  • Instant pot

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb Navy beans about 2 cups
  • 2/3 Cup Brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Mustard
  • 1/2 Cup Molasses
  • 2 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 Cups Beef broth
  • 1 Count White onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoon Cornstarch

Instructions
 

  • Open your instant pot and put the beans, onion, and beef broth into the pot
  • Cover and set the valve to the sealed position
  • Use the pressure cook or manual button, cook presoaked beans for 40 minutes, or unsoaked beans for 1 hour 25 minutes
  • When the instant pot stops counting, release the pressure by opening the valve. Then, when the pin drops, open the pot
  • Mix the brown sugar, mustard, molasses, and Worcestershire sauce together in a bowl
  • Pour the mixture into the instant pot and mix with the beans
  • Turn on the sautee/normal heat mode, stirring frequently until it begins to thicken - remember the baked beans will thicken as they cool as well

Video

Notes

If the beans seem too watery, create a slurry with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and a little water. Add the slurry to the beans and you'll see them begin to thicken up quite a bit within a minute or two.

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