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Instant Pot Charro Beans

Charro Beans

Charro beans go perfect as a side dish to just about any Mexican dish. Cooked in the Instant Pot, this recipe easy to make and can be slightly modified to cook in a slow cooker as well!

Charro beans are one of my favorite Mexican foods. Beans take a long time to cook so if you’re like me and don’t have the time to pre-plan all your meals, cooking a pot of beans is usually an after thought and is seldom included in a weeknight meal. I love this recipe because it takes about 15 minutes to prep and the Instant Pot does the rest!

Need something to go with this side dish? Check out my recipe for Instant Pot pork carnitas!

Instant Pot Charro Beans

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Yield: 10-12 servings


  • 1/2 pound bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound dried pinto beans, rinsed (I use black beans)
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Set the Instant Pot on “Saute”. Cook the chopped bacon until crispy.
  2. Add the onions and garlic, and cook until the onions are soft and slightly transparent.
  3. Turn off the Instant Pot. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot.
  4. Put the lid on your Instant Pot and make sure the vent is sealed. Set the Instant Pot on “beans/chili” normal mode (or manual high pressure) for 30 minutes.
  5. Once done, turn off the Instant Pot, and let the pressure naturally release completely (30-45 minutes).

If you are using the slow cooker method, you will follow the same steps by cooking the bacon, onions, and garlic in a pan first. You will then add all of the ingredients together in the slow cooker, plus 1 cup of water, and cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 8-10 hours.

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Published by My Alarcon

My name is My (pronounced “me”) and I am the writer of House of Alarcon. I am a working soccer mom and wife, living in a suburb near Dallas, TX with my wonderful husband of 12 years, our two beautiful children, who are 14 and 10 years of age, and our four fur babies. My daily routine involves working a corporate job where I specialize in the IT industry and project management, taxiing my kids to soccer, and serving the community, all the while being a significant lifeline to my family. Some of my hobbies include home decorating, DIYing, baking, designing shirts, sewing, photography, and crafting.

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