Pressure Cooker Apple and Pepper Baked Beans Recipe

My kids often have a hard time embracing new flavors profiles, but so does everyone! That's why I like to try to introduce them to unique ingredients whenever I can, usually by adding new flavors to their favorite dishes. One thing that everyone in our house loves is baked beans!

This baked bean recipe can be made quickly using a pressure cooker for the beans (I use an Instant Pot). Here's how we made it!


  • 1 pound dried navy beans (sorted for debris)
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups Apple Juice
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 2 large yellow peppers, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Start by making sure the beans are clean. I like to involve the kid in this. Have them sort through and look for anything that's not a bean. Then, lightly saute the peppers and onions in the olive oil. Get them just tender, then add them to the pressure cooker.  Add all of the remaining ingredients (make sure the cooker isn't more than half full), put the lid on the cooker, and then check to be sure the valve is closed.

Use the manual button to pressure cook on HIGH for 30 minutes. (It will take about 15 minutes to get to pressure, 30 minutes to cook, and then about 12 to depressurize. Don't use the quick-release function.)

The beans should be tender, full of flavor, and ready for your kids to enjoy! The naturally sweet taste of the apple juice will help make the peppers and onions more delicious for the kids. Mine gobbled these up!

You can also make this a main dish by adding some bacon, ground beef, or cooked chicken after it's done in the pressure cooker.