Easiest Instant Pot Baked Beans

Easiest Instant Pot Baked Beans

Easiest Instant Pot Baked Beans


  • 2 cups dried great Northern beans see note
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 sweet onion chopped
  • 4 slices bacon chopped, optional
  • 3/4 cup ketchup or tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Check if your stainless steel insert it in your Instant Pot and the lid has the silicone ring in place.
  2. Place beans into the Instant Pot. Add onion, bacon and water. Stir.
  3. Close the lid, set valve to sealing position (the newer models do this on their own). Set timer to 33 minutes. Make sure the IP is set to cook at HIGH pressure. The IP will beep and will start coming to pressure, which will take 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. Once the timer is done, press “cancel/off” button and let the pressure release naturally. It’s recommended for cooking beans.
  5. Once the pressure pin is done, open the lid carefully away from your face. Drain beans from liquid. Place back in the Instant Pot.
  6. Press “saute” setting.
  7. Add ketchup, BBQ sauce, brown sugar and soy sauce. Stir well.
  8. Simmer until bubbly. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  9. Turn off the Instant Pot. Let the beans sit for 15 minutes or so. The mixture will thicken while it cools.

Recipe Notes

  • You can use navy beans in place of great Northern.
  • Two cups of dry beans equal 1 lb of dry beans.
  • This recipe makes about 6 cups of beans. Each serving is 1/2 cup.
  • Make sure you use cold water to cook the beans. Warm or hot water will affect the cooking time and final result. You may end up with crunchy beans.

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