Instant Pot Cajun Beans and Rice

Recipe By

Bless This Mess

"The beans are cooked to perfection in just 45 minutes of cooking time in the Instant Pot... This is a great, inexpensive meal to make all winter long and I’ve included lots of tips and tricks on how to make it a few different ways."

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

45 minutes





  • 1 package HamBeens® Cajun 15 BEAN SOUP® rinsed and sorted

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 medium yellow or white onion, diced

  • 1 sweet bell pepper, diced

  • 3 ribs celery, trimmed and diced

  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced

  • 7 cups chicken, vegetable, or beef broth

  • Seasoning packet included in the soup mix

  • 3-5 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves

  • 2 teaspoons cumin

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 cans diced green chilis

  • 1 pound smoked ham shanks

  • 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 4-6 cups hot cooked rice

  • Optional hot sauce, pickled jalapeños, cheese, cilantro, or sour cream for serving

Cooking Directions

  1. Set the Instant Pot to sauté. Add the oil, onion, bell pepper, celery, and carrots and sauté until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the broth, beans, seasoning, garlic, thyme, cumin, bay leaves, and diced green chilis. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the ham shanks.
  4. Place the lid on the Instant Pot, make sure the top pressure gauge is closed (set to sealing). Press the pressure cook button (also known as “manual” on some models), set the pressure to high for 45 minutes.
  5. Let the Instant Pot come to pressure, cook for 45 minutes, and then you can manually release the pressure or let it come down on its own. It’s up to you and your time constraints.
  6. Open the Instant Pot carefully and remove the ham shanks, placing them on a cutting board.
  7. Remove the meat from the ham shanks and discard any bone, fat, or other non-edibles.
  8. Return the meat to the Instant Pot as well as the can of diced tomatoes, juice included. Stir to combine well.
  9. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Serve over hot cooked rice with your choice of toppings.


  • Smoked ham shanks are a bit unusual but they are great! They are an inexpensive cut of meat that gives this dish a ton of flavor. Ham hocks are a similar cut that tend to be more meaty (and a little more expensive). Whichever you get, make sure they are smoked; that’s where all the flavor comes from.
  • This is an easy dish to make vegetarian too, if you’d like.
  • You can add a lot of fun toppings like hot sauce, sour cream, or pickled jalapeños to this dish. Toppings are what make my children try something new, so if beans and rice is new to your family give them topping options to encourage them to try it.