Heirloom Beans Recipe

Heirloom Beans Recipe made in an Instant Pot


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This is a really simple recipe for making heirloom beans in an Instant Pot. Almost as easy as opening a can – but so much better. It just takes a little planning ahead.

instant pot pinto beans
Eye of the Goat Heirloom Beans

HEIRLOOM BEANS

Heirloom beans are traditional varieties of beans that are not associated with large-scale commercial agriculture. There are hundreds of varieties of beans, but only a few commonly available in the grocery store.

Fortunately, heirloom beans are easily available from Rancho Gordo. They have a huge variety of dried beans available – a much bigger selection than you will find in a can.  Pictured here are Eye of the Goat heirloom beans and pinto beans. We use heirloom beans because we like the taste, quality and variety. Rancho Gordo also has traditional Mexican varieties from their project called The Rancho Gordo-Xoxoc project which helps small farmers continue “to grow their indigenous products in Mexico, despite international trade policies that seem to discourage genetic diversity and local food traditions.”

These are the Rancho Gordo-Xoxoc project Ayocote Negro and Ayocote Morado beans. They are rare beans grown using centuries-old methods.

Royal Corona beans from Rancho Gordo
Royal Corona beans from Rancho Gordo
Black Garbanzo Beans - Ceci Neri
Black Garbanzo Beans – Ceci Neri

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Heirloom Beans Recipe Pinto Beans
Uncooked Pinto Beans
Heirloom Beans Recipe Pinto Beans
Pinto Beans – Cooked in an Instant Pot

BRINING BEANS

Some beans have a tendency to burst. We often mash or puree the beans, so this doesn’t matter, but if you need them intact, the key is brining them. Soak the beans overnight in filtered water with salt added. The salt brines the beans so they hold their shape. The water is filtered because minerals in the water could keep the beans from cooking evenly. We use a large canning jar with measurements on the side to make this really simple.

Beans contain a natural toxin (Phytohaemagglutinin) that is removed by soaking. Beans must be soaked for at least 5 hours, though overnight is better, and the water must be discarded. This will also make the beans easier to digest and less likely to cause gas.

HIERLOOM BEANS RECIPE FOR USING AN INSTANT POT

We use an Instant Pot to pressure cook the beans. It’s fast and easy and takes less energy than the stove or a crock pot. There is a setting for beans and the default cooks most varieties perfectly.

In this recipe, we cooked them in water, but they can also be cooked in broth and with onions and garlic (just nothing acidic like tomatoes, which will keep the beans from cooking).


Heirloom Beans Recipe
Heirloom beans

BEAN STORAGE IN THE PANTRY

Dried beans are easy keep on hand, since they don’t take up much room and don’t require refrigeration, so they are a good pantry item. They also don’t cost much, making them a good way to stretch the food budget by eating less meat. We transfer them to jars when we get a shipment, and keep the label in the jar for identification.

Eye of the Goat Heirloom Beans

WEEKEND MEAL PREP

Beans are one of the things we make during the weekend meal prep that make meals so much easier the rest of the week. They can be made a couple of days ahead, so they are ready when you need them.


instant pot pinto beans

Heirloom Beans

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 61kcal
Author: Lisa LeCoump

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Ingredients

Instructions

CHECK THE BEANS

  • Check the beans for debris by pouring them onto a white plate.
    Heirloom Beans Recipe

SOAK THE BEANS

  • Always Soak the beans for at least 5 hours, though overnight is better. 1 cup of beans to 4 cups of filtered water and 2 teaspoons of salt. (Filtered water is used because minerals in the water might keep the beans from cooking evenly. The salt is added to season and to brine the beans so they hold their shape.). The next day, Drain and rinse well, throwing away the water. (Soaking and rinsing is done to remove natural toxins found in beans. This also removes some of the gas causing quality of beans.)
    Heirloom Beans Recipe

COOK IN THE INSTANT POT

  • Put the beans in the Instant Pot and add 4 cups filtered water and 2 teaspoons of salt. Use the pressure cooking setting on high to cook for 20 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 20 minutes before opening.
    Heirloom Beans Recipe

Nutrition

Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 1163mg | Potassium: 187mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

WHY THIS RECIPE IS SUSTAINABLE:

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Nutrition Facts
Heirloom Beans
Amount per Serving
Calories
61
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.3
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.1
g
1
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.1
g
Sodium
 
1163
mg
51
%
Potassium
 
187
mg
5
%
Carbohydrates
 
11
g
4
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
0.1
g
0
%
Protein
 
4
g
8
%
Vitamin C
 
0.3
mg
0
%
Calcium
 
20
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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