This is a very versatile recipe for smokey garden beans (or pinto) and is a perfect basic recipe for almost anything.

Smoky Garden Beans [Vegan, Gluten-Free]



  • 1 cup dried pinto or garden beans
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 medium-sized red onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon red cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime or lemon juice (optional)


  1. Soak the beans for at least 4 to 6 hours or overnight.
  2. Turn on the saute mode and add in the oil with onion and the garlic and saute for about 3 minutes.
  3. Add in the tomato, salt, cumin and smoked paprika and cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. Add in the soaked beans with the oregano and 2 and 1/2 cups of water.
  5. Turn off the saute mode. Cover and cook set on 17 minutes.
  6. Do a natural release or let it rest for 10 minutes and release the pressure.
  7. Add the lemon juice and serve as needed with rice or tortillas