If you're looking for a quick and simple, but fantastic bean recipe, you have found it. It is incredibly easy to put together and with the help of the pressure cooker, you will have fantastic flavorful beans, in no time at all.
Pressure Cooker Beans with Bacon
1 pound of pinto beans
1 small onion, finely diced
6 slices of bacon, diced
Crushed garlic, about a tablespoon
Salt and pepper to taste
Wash your beans well, then soak in water overnight. Throw out any bad beans, little stones, or any beans that float to the top.
Before cooking the beans the next day, give them a good wash until the water runs clear.
Add a little drizzle of olive oil to the pressure cooker, and set to Saute. Stir in the garlic, salt and pepper and bacon and cook until crispy. Click the cancel on the pressure cooker.
Next goes in the beans and the water. You need to add water to at least 2 finger widths above the beans. Some people add 3 cups of water for ever cup of beans, but I usually just do as I said above.
Set the pressure cooker to Manual High and cook for 35 minutes. When the time is up, do a quick release and check the beans. If they are not yet cooked, add more water and return to the pressure for another 10 or so minutes.
I don't usually have a problem with the beans not cooking, especially the pinto beans. You will notice at this point that the beans may seem kind of runny, at this point I turn the pressure cooker back to the Saute function, mix a tablespoon of cornstarch with a little bit of water, and add that back into the beans, stir and let it cook until thickened.
You can recheck the seasoning at this point, add more salt if needed.