The ingredient list looks long here, but it’s made up of pantry staples I always have on hand. I keep bacon in the freezer for things like this, but you can easily skip it. Just sub in a tablespoon of oil to cook the onions and spices.
2 ounces of bacon (about 2–3 slices)
1 large onion
3 cloves garlic
1 pound small-medium white beans
3/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons real maple syrup
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 canned chipotle pepper (note: one pepper from the can, NOT one whole can)
1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 bay leaf
a few sprigs of fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Turn the Instant Pot to the Saute function and hit “adjust” so that “more” is selected. Chop the bacon and add to the pan. Cook about five minutes, or until the bacon starts to crisp. Hit the “adjust” button again so that the heat drops down to “normal.”
Meanwhile, chop the onion and garlic. Add them to the pot after you have adjusted the heat. Continue to cook over medium heat until the onion becomes translucent, about ten minutes.
While the onions cook, pick over your dried beans for any small rocks or debris, and rinse in a colander.
Once the onions are translucent, stir in the chili powder, cumin, and smoked paprika and stir. Cook another 30 seconds, or until the spices become fragrant. Add the rest of the ingredients *except* the vinegar to the Instant Pot. (I find it easiest to measure all of these ingredients in a 2-cup liquid measuring cup.) Add the beans and five cups of water. Give everything a good stir. Press “cancel” and put the lid on the Instant pot. Hit “manual”and set the pot to cook for 55 minutes. Make sure the steam valve is set to close. When the cooking is done, let the pressure naturally release for half an hour or until the pressure valve drops.
Remove the bay leaf and chipotle pepper and discard. Stir in the vinegar. Perfectly lovely as is, but even better the next day.