Simple Instant Pot Mayocoba Beans | Creamy and Delicious

These mayocoba beans are creamy, mildly seasoned and so simple to make in the instant pot. All you need are a pound of dry beans, bay leaves and garlic cloves to make a pot of these beans. You’re going to love the velvety texture and their buttery flavor. They make a yummy side dish with tacos, chicken, and fajitas, or simply eaten alone as a bean soup. You can also make delicious refried beans with the leftovers.

Instant Pot mayocoba beans

One thing I love about this recipe is that you can throw all the ingredients in the INSTANT POT and walk away. If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet, I highly recommend you get one. I seriously use this appliance almost daily. (I have two and often use both of them for the same meal). This is one of the best purchases I have made. There is NO NEED to be intimidated by this electric pot wonder. Once you make something in it, you’ll be in LOVE!

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What are Mayocoba Beans?

Mayocoba beans are also called canary beans, Peruvian beans, or Peruano beans since they originate from Peru. They are similar in size to pinto beans, and have a slightly yellowish color that cooks up into a tender beige bean with a silky buttery texture that reminds me of small cannellini beans. It’s one of the best beans to make because you can use it in so many different ways.

Where do you find them?

You can find these dry beans in your local grocery store but they may be labeled as canary beans. Some specialty stores may also carry organic packages of mayocoba beans and you can find them online. Make sure the beans have not been sitting on the shelf for too long. If they are older than 5 years old then they may not get soft (no matter how much you cook them).

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How To Use Cooked Mayocoba Beans

Because they are mild-flavored beans they can be used to replace basic white beans or even pinto beans in recipes. Here are some other ways to use them.

  • Serve them with a simple bowl of rice and a scattering of cilantro.
  • Use drained beans to make the best creamy refried beans. Simply saute a little onion and garlic in a bit of olive oil and then add the beans and mash them up with a potato masher or immersion blender.
  • Eat them alone in a bowl with homemade cornbread or biscuits.
  • Mash them up and add a few more spices and serve with corn chips, or veggie sticks as a bean dip.

Instant Pot Mayocoba Beans Ingredients

  • 1 pound of mayocoba beans
  • 2 TB olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups water

Instructions

  1. Rinse the dried beans and pick out any pebbles if you find them.mayocoba beans soaking
  2. Soak the beans in a bowl of water overnight or 8 hours ***You do not have to soak the beans, however, soaking them will help them cook faster and it will make them easier to digest. If you find that you get bloated after eating beans, try soaking them to see if that prevents the bloated feeling. You can also try adding a pinch of baking soda to the water.
  3. Chop and mince the garlic. When it comes to mincing garlic, this tool is the only way to go!
  4. Use the high saute setting on the Instant Pot and heat the oil. When the oil is hot, add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is softened and translucent. 
  5. Add all the ingredients to the instant pot. Seal the lid and make sure the valve is in the sealed position.mayocoba beans instant pot
  6. Cook on HIGH PRESSURE for 18-20 minutes/ 30 minutes if NOT SOAKED.
  7. Let the Instant Pot release naturally. This will take 15-20 minutes.
  8. Remove the bay leaf. Give them a taste and see if you need to add more salt.
mayocoba beans freezing

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long do Mayocoba beans last?

Cooked beans will last in the refrigerator for up to five days in a sealed container. You can freeze them for about six months before they lose their flavor and nutritional value.

These beans freeze well and make a great quick go-to meal. Simply thaw the frozen beans and reheat.

How do I prevent my beans from getting mushy?

Make sure you do not overcook the beans. You can always add more cooking time if the beans are not soft enough but if you over-cook them they will get mushy.

Can you make this recipe without an instant pot? 

Yes, you can still cook these mayocoba beans WITHOUT an instant pot. Cook the beans on your stovetop after you soak them in water for at least 8 hours. Rinse the beans then put them in a pot with the other ingredients and cover them with fresh water. Bring the water to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 2 hours or until soft.

What do you do if the beans are not cooked all the way?

Older beans may take longer to cook. If they are still too firm or undercooked, simply return the lid to the pot and cook a little longer. (Since the pot is already very hot, it won’t take long to get up to pressure again).

 

If you haven’t tried mayocoba beans/canary beans, I hope you give this recipe a whirl.

Enjoy!

Simple Instant Pot Mayocoba Beans | Creamy and Delicious

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These mayocoba beans are creamy, mildly seasoned and so simple to make in the instant pot. You’re going to love the velvety texture and their buttery flavor.

  • Prep Time15 min
  • Cook Time30 min
  • Total Time45 min
  • Yield8 servings

Ingredients

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    • 1 pound mayocoba beans
    • 2 TB olive oil or avocado oil
    • 1 large onion (diced)
    • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 6 cups water

Instructions

1

Rinse the dried beans and pick out any pebbles if you find them.

 
2

Soak the beans in a bowl of water overnight or 8 hours

***You do not have to soak the beans, however, soaking them will help them cook faster and it will make them easier to digest. If you find that you get bloated after eating beans, try soaking them to see if that prevents the bloated feeling. You can also try adding a pinch of baking soda to the water.

3

Chop and mince the garlic. 

4

Use the high sauté setting on the Instant Pot and heat the oil. When the oil is hot, add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is softened and translucent. 

5

Add the rest of the ingredients to the instant pot. Seal the lid and make sure the valve is in the sealed position.

6

Cook on HIGH PRESSURE for 18-20 minutes/ 30 minutes if NOT SOAKED.

7

Let the Instant Pot release naturally. This will take 15-20 minutes.

8

Remove the bay leaf. Give them a taste and see if you need to add more salt.

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