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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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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

Weekend Food Prep:

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. Thanks Julie, and I appreciate you adding that crockpot info for others who want to try that method.

  2. Thanks, Kalyn. This soup is delicious, and great for a colder weather meal. Put it in the crock pot for about five hours. I bet it tastes wonderful with a light salad!

  3. Heidi, thank YOU for that nice feedback. So glad you're enjoying the recipes.

  4. I just have to say that your Spicy pinto bean soup is excellent!! I have made it twice already within the week. This weekend I'm going to try your black bean, chicken, and cilantro soup. Thank you again for posting your wonderful recipes on the web.


  5. One of my pressure cooker cookbooks says 22-25 minutes to cook uncooked pinto beans, so somewhere around there.

  6. What would the timing be with out soaking the beans? any thoughts?

  7. Desiree, glad you enjoyed it.

  8. Thanks so much for this recipe! It was a great way to kick off phase 1!

    Have a wonderful week,

  9. Great idea to use the 15 bean soup mix in this, sounds great!

  10. I made this in my crock pot today. I agree it was very good. We love green chile. It adds just the right amount of kick. I also used a package of beans called 15 beans for some variety. The package also had the ham seasoning package as a bonus. Located it at Walmart.

  11. There will definitely be more recipes coming all the time with the pressure cooker!

  12. I am excited about cooking my pinto beans in the pressure cooker. I love using the pressure cooker and I am constantly looking for recipes. Thanks for this one and hoping to see many more.

  13. Anonymous, I chose South Beach partly because I didn't want to count calories, so I can't help with that.

  14. has anyone figured out the calorie count on this soup?

  15. Anonymous, can't think of why any soup recipe with beans couldn't be adapted to cook this way. I'd cook the bacon separately and drain some of the fat if I was using bacon.

  16. This soup looks really delicious. My family has been cooking pinto beans in a pressure cooker since I remember, I'm 28. We add 2-3 pieces of bacon and garlic to our Recipe, I wonder how well it would translate into this soup.

  17. In Colombia we use the pressure cooker to cook almost every meal.

    It is so fast. I love it.

  18. Georgia, no problem at all. A lot of people see the recipes spotlighted on a round-up and don’t realize they aren’t on the original post. Good news about the pinto beans isn’t it? I’m doing phase one now too, so I can relate!

  19. Oh Dear! I didn’t mean to duplicate..I guess I didn’t realize I had posted on the roundup before, sorry! Anyway, I’m glad to hear that pintos are now OK for Phase One, as I really need to do that for a few days :).

  20. Georgia, I think you asked on the recipe round-up and I replied there. Yes, pinto beans are listed as “foods to enjoy” for phase one in the latest South Beach book, so that has apparently changed.