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Instant Pot Cowboy Beans
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Instant Pot Cowboy Beans

Instant Pot Cowboy Beans are wonderfully thick, tangy, and smoky with 3 kinds of meat. This hearty side dish makes a great addition to a picnic, bbq, or cookout.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Southern
Keyword instant pot baked beans
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 278kcal


  • 16 ounces dried pinto beans
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound kielbasa, sliced
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow or sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup bbq sauce
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder, I like to use chipotle
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon liquid smoke


  • Combine pinto beans, water and salt in the Instant Pot. Cover and set to "Manual" and Pressure Cook on high for 25 minutes. Let do a natural pressure release.
  • When the pin drops, remove the lid and pour the beans into a colander to drain.
  • Set Instant Pot to "Saute". When hot, spray pot lightly with cooking spray.Add ground beef and kielbasa and cook, breaking apart the ground beef, until it is browned. Hit "Cancel". Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Drain grease from the Instant Pot. Set to "Saute". When hot, add bacon and onion. Cook until bacon is crispy. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Hit "Cancel". Drain about 1/2 the grease off.
    While cooking bacon, stir frequently and be careful to not let it stick and burn on the bottom.
  • Add water and scrape up any brown pieces on the bottom. This is important because if there is anything burned stuck on the bottom, you will get a burn signal.
    Add remaining ingredients and stir.
  • Return beans, ground beef and sausage to Instant Pot and stir them in. Place lid on and set to "Manual" or "Pressure Cook" for 15 minutes. If you get a burn siganl, remove the lid if the pin is still down. If it is not down, release the pressure and then remove the lid. Stir in about 1/4 of water and use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom really well. Place the lid back on, making sure the pin is in the "sealing" position.
  • Once the time is up, let the Instant Pot do a natural pressure release. When the pin drops, remove the lid and serve.


You will want to use a 6-quart pressure cooker for this recipe.


Calories: 278kcal