Make this Smoky Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe (Pressure Cooker Ham and Bean Soup). No need to pre-soak the pinto beans with dump-and-go option. Super easy to make and deliciously comforting to eat!

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Any of you huge fans of the nice cool Fall/Autumn weather (aka Soup Season)?

Time to put away the tees & shorts, and dig out the Fall/Winter wardrobe!

But nothing beats a warm & flavorful bowl of homemade soup that satisfies the depths of our soul.

So, we’re more than thrilled to be working our way down our pages & pages long to-make list – and yes! It’s full of Instant Pot Soup Recipes!! 😀

What’s your favorite Instant Pot Soup?

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe (Pressure Cooker Ham and Bean Soup): Learn how to make this ham and bean soup based on pinto beans experiment with step by step instructions.

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Smoky Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup is one of our sweet readers’ favorites.

Rich smoky savory bean soup mixed with super moist, flavorful & tender ham. Love the combination & depths of flavors full of textures.

The Best part? No need to pre-soak or even quick soak the pinto beans!! How awesome is that?

You’ll Enjoy Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Because:

  • Super easy to make with simple ingredients
  • No need to pre-soak the pinto beans, and you can just dump-and-go!! Perfect for weeknights.
  • Comforting, homey, smoky, and delicious

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Mini Experiment


Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe (Pressure Cooker Ham and Bean Soup): Instant Pot Pinto Beans Experiment

What we look for in a great bowl of Ham & Bean Soup?

  • Texture: beans – fully cooked, a combination of tender with some chew + some being soft and slight mush (adds texture & body to the soup); soup – somewhat thick, full of body (not liquidy)
  • Flavor: smoky, savory, balanced with depths of flavors

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe (Pressure Cooker Ham and Bean Soup): Learn how to make this ham and bean soup developed based on our pinto beans experiment with step by step instructions and Instant Pot Recipe Video.

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Mini Experiment Results


Pressure Cooker: Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker
Altitude: close to sea level
Pressure: High Pressure (10.15~11.6 psi)
Pressure Cooking Time: 30 mins, 50 mins
Release Method: Full Natural Release

We conducted 2+ tests with the same ingredients using different cooking times in our Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker.Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe (Pressure Cooker Ham and Bean Soup) Experiment Results

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Experiment Conclusions:

Using the results and insights from the above tests, we developed 2 options for making Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe:

Option A – Dump-and-Go Version: Easy no fuss method where you place all the ingredients in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker, then set-it-and-forget-it. Season, garnish, and serve!

Option B – Fancy Version: Those who want to kick the soup up a notch can use this method. You divide the pinto beans in 2 sets and pour them into the pressure cooker at 2 separate times. You can enjoy the best of both worlds from the 2 above tests – an overall flavorful dish full of body & texture.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup


Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe (Pressure Cooker Ham and Bean Soup) Ingredients

Garnish

  • Cilantro & minced tomatoes
  • Jalapeno pepper for spicy version

Tools for Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup


Instructions for Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup


Option A – Dump & Go Version:

Step 1
Clean Pinto Beans

Ingredient & Tool

2 cups (412g) pinto beans

Fine Mesh Strainer

Pick & remove the bad pinto beans.

In a mesh strainer, rinse & clean pinto beans under cold running tap water.

*Pro Tip: you won’t need to pre-soak or quick soak the pinto beans for this Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe!

Step 2
Pressure Cook Ham and Bean Soup

Ingredients & Tool

1 (2lbs) smoked ham hock
2 cups (412g) pinto beans
1 (125g) small onion, sliced
6 (22g) garlic cloves, crushed
5 cups (1250ml) unsalted chicken stock
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 pinch dried oregano
Kosher salt to taste

Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe (Pressure Cooker Ham and Bean Soup): dump all ingredients in the Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Place 2 pounds smoked ham hock, sliced onion, crushed garlic cloves, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 pinch dried oregano, 2 bay leaves, and 2 cups (412g) pinto beans in your pressure cooker.

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe (Pressure Cooker Ham and Bean Soup): pour unsalted chicken stock in the Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Pour in 5 cups (1250ml) unsalted chicken stock.

Close lid and pressure cook at

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 50 minutes, then
  • Pressure Release Method: Full Natural Release (roughly 20 minutes)

Open the lid carefully.

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe (Pressure Cooker Ham and Bean Soup): thicken soup by giving a few quick stirs with wooden spoon. Taste and season with kosher salt.

Thicken soup by giving it a few quick stirs with a wooden spoon. Taste and season with kosher salt.

Step 3
Garnish & Serve Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

Ingredients

Cilantro & minced tomatoes
Optional: Jalapeno pepper

Garnish with cilantro and minced tomatoes. Serve & enjoy!! 🙂

*Pro Tip: cilantro adds freshness & fragrance while the minced tomatoes add a fresh crunch to your spoonful of Instant Pot Ham & Bean Soup.

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe (Pressure Cooker Ham and Bean Soup): Learn how to make this ham and bean soup based on pinto beans experiment with step by step instructions.

If you want to spice it up, add in Jalapeno pepper. 😀


Option B – Fancy Version:

Step 1
Clean Pinto Beans

Ingredient & Tool

2 cups (412g) pinto beans

Fine Mesh Strainer

Pick & remove the bad pinto beans.

In a mesh strainer, rinse & clean pinto beans under cold running tap water.

Step 2
Pressure Cook Ham and Bean Soup

Ingredients

1 (2lbs) smoked ham hock
2 cups (412g) pinto beans, divided
1 (125g) small onion, sliced
6 (22g) garlic cloves, crushed
3 cups (750ml) unsalted chicken stock + 2 cups (500ml) unsalted chicken stock or water
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 pinch dried oregano
Kosher salt to taste

Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Place 2 pounds smoked ham hock, sliced onion, crushed garlic cloves, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 pinch dried oregano, 2 bay leaves, and 1 cups (206g) pinto beans in your pressure cooker.

Pour in 3 cups (750ml) unsalted chicken stock.

Close lid and pressure cook at

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 10 minutes
  • Pressure Release Method: Full Natural Release (roughly 15 minutes)

Open the lid carefully.

Pour in the remaining pinto beans (1cup) and 2 cups (500ml) of unsalted chicken stock or water.

Close lid and pressure cook at

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 25 minutes
  • Pressure Release Method: Full Natural Release (roughly 20 minutes)

Open the lid carefully.

Thicken soup by giving it a few quick stirs with a wooden spoon. Taste and season with kosher salt.

*Pro Tip: this extra step of pressure cooking the pinto beans in 2 separate times will add texture, body, and depths of flavors. This creates an overall flavorful dish full of texture.

Step 3
Garnish & Serve Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

Ingredients

Cilantro & minced tomatoes
Optional: Jalapeno pepper

Garnish with cilantro and minced tomatoes. If you want to spice it up, add in Jalapeno pepper.

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe (Pressure Cooker Ham and Bean Soup): Make this ham and bean soup based on pinto beans experiment.


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Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe (Pressure Cooker Ham and Bean Soup): Learn how to make this ham and bean soup based on pinto beans experiment with step by step instructions.
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Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

Course: Dinner, Lunch, Meat, Soup, Super Easy
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 510 kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Make this Smoky Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe (Pressure Cooker Ham and Bean Soup). No need to pre-soak the pinto beans with dump-and-go option. Super easy to make and deliciously comforting to eat!

Ingredients

Garnish

  • Cilantro & minced tomatoes
  • Jalapeno pepper for spicy version

Instructions

Option A - Dump & Go Version:

  1. Clean Pinto Beans: Pick & remove the bad pinto beans. In a mesh strainer, rinse & clean pinto beans under cold running tap water.
  2. Pressure Cook Ham and Bean Soup: Place 2 pounds smoked ham hock, sliced onion, crushed garlic cloves, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 pinch dried oregano, 2 bay leaves, and 2 cups (412g) pinto beans in your pressure cooker.


    Pour in 5 cups (1250ml) unsalted chicken stock. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 50 minutes + Full Natural Release (roughly 20 minutes). Open the lid carefully. Thicken soup by giving it a few quick stirs with a wooden spoon. Taste and season with kosher salt.

  3. Garnish & Serve: Garnish with cilantro and minced tomatoes. If you want to spice it up, add in Jalapeno pepper.

Option B - Fancy Version:

  1. Clean Pinto Bean: Pick & remove the bad pinto beans. In a mesh strainer, rinse & clean pinto beans under cold running tap water.
  2. Pressure Cook Ham and Bean Soup: Place 2 pounds smoked ham hock, sliced onion, crushed garlic cloves, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 pinch dried oregano, 2 bay leaves, and 1 cups (206g) pinto beans in your pressure cooker.


    Pour in 3 cups (750ml) unsalted chicken stock. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 10 minutes + Full Natural Release (roughly 15 minutes). Open the lid carefully.


    Pour in the remaining pinto beans (1cup) and 2 cups (500ml) of unsalted chicken stock or water. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 25 minutes + Full Natural Release (roughly 20 minutes). Open the lid carefully. Thicken soup by giving it a few quick stirs with a wooden spoon. Taste and season with kosher salt.

  3. Garnish & Serve: Garnish with cilantro and minced tomatoes. If you want to spice it up, add in Jalapeno pepper.

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Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 510 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 126mg 42%
Sodium 352mg 15%
Potassium 896mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 1g
Protein 42g 84%
Vitamin C 3.8%
Calcium 7.2%
Iron 21.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Make this Smoky Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup Recipe (Pressure Cooker Ham and Bean Soup). No need to pre-soak the pinto beans with dump-and-go option. Super easy to make and deliciously comforting to eat!

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