The Husband and I love to watch cooking shows on Food Network. One of our favorites before the format changed too much was Iron Chef and on that show they often used a pressure cooker. Ever since then I’ve wanted to try to cook with one, so when I was given the opportunity to review the Fairwind pressure cooker, I couldn’t wait to try it out.
For my first recipe, I decided to try pressure cooker pinto beans. My family loves beans and it was an easy way to get used to my new pressure cooker. I’m a throw stuff in a pot kind of cook and was very pleased with how these beans came out. This is a nice versatile dish; The Husband chose to eat them in a bowl, while Red and I turned them into tacos. If you like Mexican inspired flavors then these pinto beans are for you.
Dry bean quick soak
For this dish, you will need about four cups of dry pinto beans. You could choose the overnight soak method, but I chose to do a quick soak by rinsing the beans in a colander then putting them in a pot with four cups of water. Bring to a hard boil and boil for two minutes; remove from the heat and let them sit in the hot water for an hour. At the end of the hour you will have soft, soaked beans that are ready for cooking.
Pressure cooker pinto beans
Once my beans were soaked I put them in the pressure cooker with an onion, garlic, cubed salt pork (replace with liquid smoke and salt for vegetarian), oregano, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Add a can of diced tomatoes and chicken broth (or vegetable for vegetarian) just to cover the beans and cook.
Set the Fairwind pressure cooker to the bean and chili setting and let it go. The pressure cooker will take about twenty minutes to build up pressure before it starts cooking the beans, so account for that when figuring out what time you want your meal to be finished.
The pressure will build and the button in back will pop up. Once this happens, the Fairwind pressure cooker will then switch to cook mode.
The bean and chili setting took about 35 minutes. Once the beans are cooked it will switch to “Hot” and you will release the pressure valve on top. This is a lot of fun because the steam will come pouring out of the top of the pressure cooker for a few minutes. Once the pressure and steam are released, it’s dinner time!
My pinto beans were cooked to perfection. I warmed up a flour tortilla in a pan until slightly crispy, filled it with pinto beans, cabbage, tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and sour cream. So good! My husband ate them in a bowl with some bread.
Related: Nacho pizza recipe
While the Fairwind pressure cooker will take some getting used to as I attempt more dishes, especially meat, I am excited to experiment with it more. It has the ease of using a slow cooker, but cooks in a fraction of the time. If you don’t have a pressure cooker yet, it is worth picking one up. You can purchase the Fairwind pressure cooker directly and other fine retailers.
If you have a pressure cooker, what is your favorite recipe?