Instant Pot Calico Beans

Instant Pot Calico Beans are a fabulous new twist on the classic ground beef and beans dish! Now you can cook up calico beans lickety split in your pressure cooker! 

Instant Pot Calico Beans are a fabulous new twist on the classic ground beef and beans dish! Now you can cook up calico beans lickety split in your pressure cooker! 

Pressure Cooker Calico Beans are Fast & Delicious!

Calico beans are the kind of dish that pressure cookers are made for! You can also cook them low and slow in my Slow Cooker Calico Beans if you want to leave them in a crockpot all day to simmer. However using your Instant Pot means that you can make them at the end of a work day when you didn’t really know what you were making for dinner. I can’t be the only one that makes dinners like this! Sometimes you just don’t have anything ready!

Reasons that using an Instant Pot for Calico beans is the best:

  1. You can use frozen ground beef. If you want to really be able to make it as a last minute emergency dish, then you can take 1 pound of lean ground beef out of the freezer and place it in the Instant Pot with 1 cup of water. Cook it for 3 minutes High pressure and then open the lid. You can then drain the water and follow the rest of the instructions.
  2. Using the Instant Pot cuts down on the kitchen mess! I love that you can fry up everything in one thing and set it and forget it!
  3. Pressure cooking is perfect for beans, sometimes beans can be pretty hard out of the can.

Which Instant Pot should I use to make Instant Pot Calico Beans?

We recommend a 6 qt or higher Instant Pot such as the one pictured below. Certainly, this recipe should work with any kind of pressure cooker or Instant Pot but during recipe testing, this is the one we used. The 6 quart has a large enough capacity to make the calico beans.

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Tips and Tricks for Making Instant Pot Beans

  • Make sure you pick a molasses and beans that you love!
  • Taste test and sweeten the beans to your liking with the ketchup.
  • It’s ok to leave Lima beans out. A lot of people don’t like them.
  • If you are looking for slow cooking beans, try my Crockpot Calico Beans Recipe instead.

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3.6 from 10 votes
Instant Pot Calico Beans
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins

 Instant Pot Calico Beans are a fabulous new twist on the classic ground beef and beans dish! Now you can cook up calico beans lickety split in your pressure cooker! 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 227 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • 4 slices thick cut bacon diced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can 28 ounces molasses pork and beans
  • 1 can 16 ounces kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 can 16 ounces lima beans rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. In the bottom of your Instant Pot using the "saute" button, cook the bacon for 2-3 minutes. Add in the beef and onion and cook until the meat is no longer pink, then drain.

  2. Combine the beef mixture, bacon, beans, brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, mustard and salt in the Instant Pot.

  3. For the Instant Pot use the chili/stew button and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.

  4. Release the pressure manually or let it naturally release,  it won't overcook the beans. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods etc.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Calico Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 227 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 595mg26%
Potassium 311mg9%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Written by Karlynn Johnston

Karlynn is a best selling cookbook author and professional blogger here and at The Kitchen Magpie. She helped start this website as a place to share her love of Instant Pot and Crockpot recipes.

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