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Pressure Cooker (or Stovetop) Spicy Pinto Bean Soup with Ham, Tomatoes, and Cilantro

Use the Instant Pot, Electric Pressure Cooker, or Stovetop Pressure Cooker to make this tasty Pressure Cooker Spicy Pinto Bean Soup with Ham, Tomatoes, and Cilantro, or just cook in a soup pot if you prefer. This tasty soup is low-glycemic, gluten-free, dairy-free and South Beach Diet friendly; Use the Pressure Cooker Recipes index to find more recipes like this one.

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

This slightly spicy soup with pinto beans and ham, 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 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

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.) Next is how the soup looked after all the ingredients had been pressure-cooked for 3 minutes. I love the way the pressure cooker keeps the colors bright in some foods.

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More Tasty Soups with Cilantro:

Chicken, Black Bean, and Cilantro Soup from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Pumpkin Soup with Cilantro from Christine Cooks
Black Bean and Rice Soup with Lime and Cilantro from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Black Bean Soup from Andrea’s Recipes
Chipotle and Black-Eyed Pea Soup with Double Cilantro from Kalyn’s Kitchen

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

Pressure Cooker (or Stovetop) Spicy Pinto Bean Soup with Ham, Tomatoes, and Cilantro

Use the Instant Pot, Electric Pressure Cooker, or Stovetop Pressure Cooker to make this tasty Pressure Cooker Spicy Pinto Bean Soup with Ham, Tomatoes, and Cilantro.


  • 1 cup pinto beans, soaked overnight
  • 2 tsp. + 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped small
  • 1 1 /2 cups diced ham
  • 1 can (14 oz.) petite dice tomatoes
  • 4 cups chicken stock (see notes)
  • 1 packet Goya Ham flavored concentrate (optional, this 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 this.)
  • 1 T dried cilantro (optional but recommended, or can use more fresh cilantro)
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 can diced green chiles (Anaheim chiles, not jalapenos)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (or more to taste)
  • Thinly sliced green onions, for garnish


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.


I made this in my 3.7 quart Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker back in 2008, but now I’d probably use my Instant Pot or Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker

I used my homemade chicken stock.

Makes 4 servings but can easily be doubled for larger pressure cooker.

This recipe created by Kalyn.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Although the South Beach Diet permits dried beans for any phase of the diet, for phase one I like to use them in a low-glycemic dish like this Pressure Cooker Spicy Pinto Bean Soup where the beans are eaten in combination with protein and vegetables. This soup is probably 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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    41 Comments on “Pressure Cooker (or Stovetop) Spicy Pinto Bean Soup with Ham, Tomatoes, and Cilantro”

  1. This recipe looks delicious, but I’m a little confused, because when I was doing Phase 1, pinto beans were the only kind of bean that was not approved for Phase 1. Has that changed? I posted this before but I don’t see it here, so I’m trying again!

  2. Lesley, the old style pressure cookers scared me too, with the top that was a separate piece. I have the new type where the lid and pressure control is all in one; completely safe and easy to use. Love it!

  3. My pressure cooker scares the hell out of me!! I know it saves so much time, but….eeeek! I think it’s going to take off. I’ll make it without! Jamie Oliver’s nan still uses hers at 89 yrs old so I guess it’s pretty safe! Will swop the Cilantro for parsley though,
    thanks Kalyn ;0)

  4. Semalee, you’re welcome. Definitely you could cook this in a crockpot. I might simmer the chicken stock and reduce to about 3 cups.

  5. Looks delish! I’m a crock pot gal myself, do you think I could adapt this to the crock pot by soaking the beans overnight, preparing all of the flavorings and then letting it simmer in the crock pot all day? Thanks for all the recipes you post, they are all delicious!

  6. Sabrina, great to hear from someone who made it without a pressure cooker. Glad you like the soup. I’m having it for lunch today too.

  7. Thanks for the recipe. I made this last night (without a pressure cooker) and I will be having it for lunch the rest of the week. Keep up the good work! I rely on your recipes to keep me on track. I never get bored with the SouthBeach way!

  8. I love my pressure cooker too! Especially for beans or beef stew! The meat falls apart.

  9. Anonymous, thanks for letting me know you liked it! GREAT idea to add the epazote (now why didn’t I think of that!) Also, more cilantro is always good in my book!

  10. We made this tonight in the pressure cooker. I doubled it and I am glad. It is very good. I added a tsp of epazote. I like to add it to most bean dishes. I garnished the soup with the sliced green onion and some sliced radishes. I put about a tablespoon of 2% sharp cheddar cheese for some melty goodness. We love cilantro so I used the whole amount plus a bit extra for garnish.

    I’ve used my pressure cooker for a few years for making soup. It really does a good job. Thanks for an awesome recipe.

  11. Jan, so glad to hear you liked it! (And happy to hear you used the cilantro too!)

  12. I made your soup for tonight’s dinner. It’s 40 degrees in Houston and that’s cold to us!! The soup was delicious and the family ate it up. I will make it again. None left to freeze! Thanks, Kalyn. Jancd
    ps Of course, added the cilantro.

  13. This recipe looks great and sounds easy to make, especially using the pressure cooker. Looks like I have something new to try. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Italian Dish, loving the pressure cooker. I know I keep saying that, but it’s true.

    Christine, love *your* new photo too! I’m sure the soup will be great on the stove too, I loved it!

  15. I love this soup and must make it soon. I lack the pressure cooker, but I bet the soup would be great cooked on the stove too.
    Thanks for the link, my friend! I love your new photo.

  16. I still gotta get a pressure cooker. . .this soup looks great and I can’t believe how fast you cook the beans.

  17. Bren, I’m loving my pressure cooker!

    Tanna, me too. I think my blog is in danger of turning into all soup!

    Wosnes, I realize cilantro is a love/hate herb, and you can definitely make it without the cilantro if you want to. Maybe use parsley or more chopped green onion instead.

  18. Sounds good — except for the cilantro!

  19. I’m such a push over for beans and soup! Beautiful Kalyn.

  20. wow! ur my new food friend because you use a pressure cooker!!!!! that’s my main technique and i’m on this serious mission to get everyone to use one!! hope you come by and check the related posts! 🙂

    lovely soup! happy new year!