Beans and Rice


1/2 cup dry beans, NOT soaked*
2 cups VEGETABLE STOCK or water
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp black pepper

Brown Rice:
1/2 cup brown rice**
2/3 cup water
1/4 tsp salt


1. Add all bean ingredients to INSTANT POT inner pot. Set trivet over beans. Add brown rice, 2/3 cup water, and salt to stainless steel flat-bottomed bowl. Place bowl on trivet over beans.
2. Secure lid in place > Turn valve to SEALING > Select MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK > Adjust time to 25 minutes > After 10 seconds display will read ON
3. When time has lapsed > Allow for NATURAL PRESSURE RELEASE > Wait until silver button on lid drops > Remove lid away from you
4. With gloves remove bowl of brown rice. Check to see if beans are done. If they are very underdone, put the lid back and bring to pressure for another 2 minutes. If they are only slightly underdone, press the SAUTÉ button and allow the beans to keep cooking in the simmering liquid. Add more liquid if necessary for additional cooking.

*A variety of soaked beans will work in this recipe including: black, cannellini, great northern, lima, navy, pinto, red kidney

**The reason to put the beans directly in the Instant Pot inner pot and the brown rice in the bowl (instead of vice versa) is so that you can take the brown rice out and continue to cook the beans if necessary.

***Brown rice cooked directly in Instant Pot inner pot would only take 22 minutes, with a natural release. Grains cooked with the Pot in Pot method take longer, so the time in this recipe reflects that. See BROWN RICE
recipe for directly in pot instructions.

****Cooking Pot-in-Pot is not an exact science. We have done extensive recipe testing and found that this method works best for us. You may find that you need to slightly adjust water ratios and/or times to better suit the type of brown rice you are using, your elevation, the type of inner pot you are using, etc.


Learn how to make hearty and delicious beans and rice on the instant pot.