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Lora’s Pressure-Cooker Red Beans & Rice

My dear mother-in-law passed this simple recipe to me. With meats, beans and savory veggies, it's tasty, easy and economical, too! —Carol Simms, Madison, Mississippi
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + soaking Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) dried kidney beans (about 2-1/2 cups)
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham (about 1 pound)
  • 1 package (12 ounces) fully cooked andouille chicken sausage links or flavor of choice, sliced
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Hot cooked rice


  • Rinse and sort beans. Soak overnight according to package directions. Drain, discarding water; rinse with cool water.
  • In a 6-qt. electric pressure cooker, combine beans, ham, sausage, vegetables, pepper sauce, garlic, salt and enough water to cover (about 4 cups). Lock lid; close pressure-release valve. Adjust to pressure-cook on high for 30 minutes. Quick-release pressure. Serve with rice.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Use smoked turkey sausage in place of andouille.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cup bean mixture: 249 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 788mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 7g fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat.

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    • Karen
      Feb 22, 2020

      Super easy, super fast, absolutely delicious! Just bought an instant pot for the first time and trying to find recipes that I can make quickly for the family. This recipe will absolutely go into my rotation. When done, add hot sauce to your portion if it's not spicy enough. It makes enough extra to take to work during the week. I make the rice in a small rice cooker while the red beans are cooking. Both finish at about the same time. This is a winner!

    • Lady Fingers
      Jan 6, 2019

      We used red beans, quick-soaked in the pressure cooker (2 minutes at pressure, then 10 minutes before releasing the pressure). Wow, this is good.

    • econjack
      Feb 6, 2018

      Try actual red beans instead of kidney beans. Red beans are a little smaller and, I think, taste a little better in this recipe.

    • Ham_Sammich
      Dec 30, 2017

      Having made this recipe, I can say the lack of liquids was probably no mistake (but when to add the beans is definitely missing). I, however, was worried and added tomato sauce and water to be safe. What I ended up with was a watery, soupy mess. After draining most of the liquid, it was still delicious but want to try it to the recipe next time!

    • gevanco
      Dec 7, 2017

      The recipe doesn't tell you to cook the beans.

    • kssbonemd
      Oct 15, 2017

      Where are the beans added? And no liquid?