Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Smoky Ham Hock and Pinto Bean Soup

Ham hocks and beans recipe pressure cooker

Smoky Ham Houp and Pinto Bean Soup is full of textures and flavors. You

Smoky Ham Hock and Pinto Bean Soup is full of textures and flavors. You’ll love the tender, moist ham that lends its smoky flavors to satisfying soup. This easy ham and bean soup recipe in the pressure cooker is the perfect dinner for comfort food.

Hello! We are Amy + Jacky, the husband and wife team at Pressure Cook Recipes.

Thank you Barbara for having us here and thank you very much for visiting us!

We love our pressure cookers and are crazy about delicious food!! We enjoyed spending hours researching, tasting, and testing recipes together in our kitchen.

Make Smoky Ham Hock and Pinto Bean Soup in an Instant Pot

Today, we’re excited to share our new creation with you! We love cooking beans in a pressure cooker as it saves us a lot of time. Also, we can never say no to a bowl of comforting soup (yes, even when it’s hot! hehe~) In fact, we once enjoyed a bowl of hot soup while sweating bullets at 100°F+ without air conditioning. An unforgettable experience.

Pressure cooker Smoked ham and pinto bean soup Recipe ingredients


  • Smoked ham hock
  • Small onion
  • Garlic cloves
  • Cumin powder Dried
  • oregano
  • Ground

  • black pepper
  • Bay leaves
  • Painted beans Homemade
  • unsalted chicken broth
  • Season: Kosher salt to taste
  • Decoration: cilantro and chopped tomatoes
  • Experiment

Before developing the actual recipe, we first did a small pinto bean experiment to find the best cooking time for the desired texture and flavors.

Test 1 Cooking method and

time: High pressure for 30 minutesLiquid: 3 cups waterRelease method: Complete natural release

Test 1 Results: Texture and flavors of beans:

beans are fully cooked, tender with some chewing and texture; full of flavorsTexture and flavors of soup: soup is tasty, but not as tasty as test results


Test 2 Cooking method and time: High pressure for 50 minutesLiquid: 3 cups waterRelease method: Complete natural release

test Results 2: Bean texture and flavors:

Beans are gently cooked and less tasty than test results 1Soup texture and flavors: soup contains more texture and much tastier than Test

1 results Using these results, we developed 2 different cooking methods for this recipe


  1. Dump-and-Go version: Easy and hassle-free method where you place all the ingredients in the pressure cooker, then set it up and forget it. Season, decorate and serve!
  2. Version of more textures and flavors: Divide the beans into 2 sets and place them in the pressure cooker at 2 different times. This method allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds from the previous 2 tests. This version results in a tasty dish overall full of texture.

Note: No pre-soaking or quick soaking is required, as we found it to be unnecessary for bean soup.

See How to Make Smoked Ham and Pinto Bean Soup


Enjoy ~

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