making beans in the Instant Pot for chili
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Power Soaking Red Kidney Beans

The Instant Pot makes soaking beans so quick and easy. The next time you can't wait to soak beans over night, try this method.
Prep Time5 mins
FULL NPR31 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beans, Dry Beans, How To, Instant Pot, Instant Pot Beans, Kidney Beans, Pressure Cooker, Quick Soak Beans, Red Beans, Soak Beans
Category: Beans
Cooking Method: Instant Pot
Difficulty: Super Easy
Development Status: Finished
Servings: 12
Calories: 40kcal
Author: Valerie Cooper


  • 1 lb red kidney beans
  • 2 tsps kosher salt
  • tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 cups water


  • Measure one lbs of dry red kidney beans (approx. 2 ⅔ cups).
  • Remove any bad beans and rinse thoroughly.
  • Add the beans to the pot, then add the water. Remove any floating beans.
  • Add the salt, baking soda, and olive oil. Thoroughly, stir the ingredients in the pot.
  • Close the pot, set the pressure release valve to "Sealing" and set the pot to the "Manual" or "Pressure Cook" function for 0 minutes.
  • Once cooking has completed, allow the pot to do a full Natural Pressure Release "NPR". This will take approximately 45 minutes.
  • Once the NPR has completed and the pin has dropped, open the pot.
  • You may either rinse the cooked beans in a strainer or use the beans with the remaining liquid broth in the pot for your recipe. The amount of bean broth remaining in the pot can vary between 2 ½ to 3 cups. If using the broth, substitute for an equal amount of water and adjust the salt in your recipe accordingly.


Calories: 40kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 503mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.5mg