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Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

Use the Instant Pot or Stovetop Pressure Cooker to make this tasty Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup, or cook it in a pot on the stove. The soup has some Southwestern flavors with cumin, green chiles, and cilantro, but see tips if you don’t want to use cilantro.

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

This slightly spicy Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup that’s finished with a touch of cilantro is another soup I made when I had a new stovetop 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 an hour minutes in the pressure cooker. And now I’d definitely make this tasty soup in the Instant Pot! 

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 also 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.

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

What kind of dried beans can you use?

I loved this soup with Pinto Beans to go with the spicy Southwestern flavors, but you can use any white or navy beans if you prefer.

What if you’re not a cilantro fan?

If you have the no-cilantro tastebuds, just use more thinly sliced green onion to replace the cilantro.

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How to make Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with stovetop cooking method and nutritional information.)

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

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This recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup

Yield Makes 4 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 47 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 dried 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; use more thinly sliced green onion if you're not a cilantro fan)
  • 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 Instant Pot with 3 cups water and 2 tsp. olive oil.
  3. Lock lid and set to MANUAL, HIGH PRESSURE, 8 MINUTES. (For stovetop pressure cooker, 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 Instant Pot insert or pressure cooker and dry with paper towel, then put back in Instant Pot or 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 set to MANUAL, HIGH PRESSURE, 3 MINUTES for Instant Pot. (For stovetop pressure cooker, 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 (if using).
  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.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Instant Pot Ham and Bean Soup 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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Historical Notes for this Recipe:

This recipe was first posted in 2009. It was last updated with more information and cooking options in 2021.

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