Instant Pot Baked Beans takes a dish that traditionally takes a considerable amount of time to prepare and instead is done from start to finish in about an hour, with the majority of time being totally hands off. When made from scratch, one can know that all of the ingredients are sourced well.
Making use of dried beans is not only delicious, but frugal. Many times, I’m able to find organic navy beans in bulk for an even more reduced price. The tomato based sauce can be made using tomato paste from glass jars to ensure that no harmful toxins are present as acidic foods leach toxins from metal cans. I like to order mine more inexpensively from Thrive Market (here) and have it delivered at my door. I put in a monthly order, typically. I also like that this recipe has no refined sugar and makes use of pastured or organic bacon.
To take the nutrition up a notch, one can choose to use bone broth for the liquid instead of just water, though plain water can be used. Chicken, beef or pork bone broth works beautifully with this recipe. You can find how to make bone broth here and here.
The salt for the recipe should be added AFTER the beans are cooked as it can keep them from becoming soft during the cooking process.
(Time: 1 hour, makes 10-12 servings)
1lb presoaked organic navy beans (you can read how to soak beans to make them more digestible here)
5 pieces of pastured or organic, medium cut bacon chopped
2 organic chopped medium yellow or sweet onions
2 organic chopped cloves garlic or 1t of organic garlic powder
1t freshly ground organic black pepper
2t organic allspice
14oz organic tomato paste
1t organic yellow mustard
2.5t organic apple cider vinegar
1c coconut sugar (tastes like brown sugar) OR organic brown sugar OR sucanat
4.5 cups of filtered water (my favorite water filter, here) or bone broth
1T + 1/2t mineral-rich salt like Celtic
8+ hours before, soak the beans in water and a pinch of baking soda. After they’ve soaked, rinse them off.
Chop the bacon.
Place the bacon into the Instant Pot and set it to Sauté/Medium
While the bacon is cooking, chop the onions. Once the bacon is cooked through, turn off the pot.
Place all of the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT FOR THE SALT into the insert with the bacon.
Seal the pot and close the vent. To bring it to pressure faster, set it to Sauté/Medium and let it cook till you hear it begin to bubble, then set it to manual or pressure cook/high pressure (depending on your model) for 50 minutes. After it’s done cooking, a quick pressure release can be done, as can a natural release.
After cooking, add in the salt and mix well.