Instant Pot White Beans with Cilantro and Lime

White bowl with beans, cilantro and lime with a sprinkle of cotija cheese

Instant Pot White Beans flavored with Cilantro and Lime for an extra special kick of flavor!


  • 1 pound dried Great Northern Beans or Cannellini Beans.
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 ounce can mild green chiles (may substitute 1 jalapeno, minced.  Discard seeds and membrane for less heat) 
  • 3 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 5 cups water
  • Juice of 23 limes
  • Handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 12 teaspoons salt


  1. Add dried beans, onion, garlic, chiles, cumin, coriander, chili powder, and water to the pressure cooker pot; lightly stir.
  2. Secure the lid and turn pressure release knob to a sealed position.  Cook at high pressure for 40 minutes (45 minutes if you want them extra soft).
  3. When cooking is complete, use a natural release.
  4. Note: beans may be runny, but once they sit for about 10 minutes, they will thicken up and be just right.  
  5. Add lime juice, cilantro, and 1 teaspoon salt.  Taste and 1 – 2 more teaspoons of salt and extra lime juice, if desired.
  6. Serve hot.
  7. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.


  • I used the juice from 3 limes, but I like a stronger lime flavor.  I suggest starting with 2 and go up from there.
  • If you want the beans to be more versatile, omit the lime and cilantro.
  • Older beans will take longer to cook.  You may want to add another 10 minutes if your beans are more than a year old.
  • The beans may appear runny right after you remove the lid, but it will thicken as they sit.  I prefer not to drain them because there is a lot of flavor in the liquid.

Keywords: Instant Pot Beans, White Beans, Cilantro Lime