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Pressure Cooker Pinto Bean Soup with Ham

Use the Instant Pot or Stovetop Pressure Cooker to make this tasty Pressure Cooker Pinto Bean Soup with Ham, or cook in a pot on the stove.  

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Pressure Cooker (or Stovetop) Spicy Pinto Bean Soup with Ham, Tomatoes, and Cilantro found on KalynsKitchen.com

This slightly spicy Pressure Cooker Pinto Bean Soup with Ham that’s finished with a touch of cilantro is another soup I made using my new pressure cooker, and I’m loving the way the pressure cooker saves time, and keeps the colors in the cooked foods. If you pre-soak the beans, this soup could easily be made in less than 30 minutes in the pressure cooker. And I’m excited to have another recipe to add to my collection of Pressure Cooker Recipes on the blog!

Even though I’m wowed by my pressure cooker, I realize some people are not converts, or don’t have an Instant Pot or a  pressure cooker, so I’ll tell you how his soup could easily be adapted to cook in a regular pot, even with canned pinto beans if desired. I loved how this soup turned out, and it’s definitely one I’ll be making again.


Pressure Cooker (or Stovetop) Spicy Pinto Bean Soup with Ham, Tomatoes, and Cilantro found on KalynsKitchen.com

How to Make Pressure Cooker Pinto Bean Soup with Ham:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Soak pinto beans overnight in the pressure cooker, then cook beans 8 minutes at high pressure. (If you don’t want to pressure cook the beans, just simmer in water to cover until beans are tender, about 30-45 minutes, or substitute 2 cans pinto beans.)
  2. Next photo shows how the soup looked after all the ingredients had been pressure-cooked for 3 minutes.
  3. I love the way the pressure cooker keeps the colors bright in some foods.
  4. Serve hot, garnished with thinly sliced green onions if desired.

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Pressure Cooker Pinto Bean Soup with Ham

Pressure Cooker Pinto Bean Soup with Ham

Yield Makes 4 servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 9 hours
Total Time 9 hours 42 minutes

You can use the Instant Pot or Stovetop Pressure Cooker to make this tasty Pressure Cooker Pinto Bean Soup with Ham, or make it on the stove if you prefer.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pinto beans, soaked overnight
  • 2 tsp. + 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped small
  • 1 1 /2 cups diced ham
  • one 14 oz. can petite dice tomatoes
  • 4 cups chicken broth (see notes)
  • 1 packet Goya Ham flavored concentrate (optional, see notes)
  • 1 T dried cilantro (optional but recommended, or can use more fresh cilantro)
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • one 4 oz. can diced green chiles (Anaheim chiles)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (or more to taste)
  • Thinly sliced green onions, for garnish

Instructions

To Cook the Soup in a Pressure Cooker:

  1. Soak pinto beans overnight in cold water.
  2. The next day drain beans, then put back into pressure cooker with 3 cups water and 2 tsp. olive oil.
  3. Lock lid and bring to high pressure, then cook 8 minutes at high pressure.
  4. After 8 minutes, release pressure with quick-release method for your pressure cooker model.
  5. When all pressure has been released, carefully open lid and drain beans into a colander in the sink.
  6. Rinse out pressure cooker and dry with paper towel, then put back on stove and heat 2 tsp. olive oil.
  7. Add onions and saute until onions are starting to soften.
  8. Add dried cilantro, ground cumin, and canned green chiles and saute about 2 minutes more.
  9. Then add beans, canned tomatoes and juice, chicken stock, and Goya Ham Flavor Concentrate or ham rinds (if using).
  10. Lock lid and heat to high pressure, then cook 3 minutes at high pressure.
  11. Release pressure using quick-release method for your pressure cooker.
  12. When all pressure is released, carefully remove lid (removing ham rinds if using) and stir in chopped fresh cilantro.
  13. Serve hot, garnished with thinly sliced green onions if desired.

To Cook the Soup on the Stovetop:

  1. Soak 1 cup pinto beans overnight, then cook on stovetop in a generous amount of water for about 30 minutes, or until beans are tender.
  2. Can also use 2 cans pinto beans, rinsed well before adding to soup.
  3. Saute onion, spices, and green chiles in soup pot same as above.
  4. Add other ingredients as above, but increase chicken stock to 5-6 cups.
  5. Simmer soup at low heat for about 30 minutes, until flavors seem well blended.
  6. Turn off heat and stir in chopped cilantro.

Notes

I made this in my 3.7 quart Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker (affiliate link) back in 2008, but now I’d use my Instant Pot (affiliate link).

I used my homemade chicken stock, but canned chicken broth will be fine. Goya Ham Flavor Concentrate (affiliate link) can be hard to find but it’s often sold near Mexican foods. If you have ham rinds you can cook them with the soup and remove instead of using the ham flavor base.

This recipe created by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 277Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 1917mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 6gSugar: 7gProtein: 30g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Pressure Cooker Pinto Bean Soup with Ham is suitable for any phase of the original South Beach Diet. This soup is too high in carbs for traditional low-carb diet plans, but you could make a lower-carb soup by using more ham and less beans.

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