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Instant Pot Recipe: Easy Haitian Rice & Beans

Haitian rice and beans may seem simple, but the flavors have a surprising depth with a mix of garlic, cloves and oregano. When rice and beans are combined, God designed them with a certain synergy that makes them a “complete protein.” This serves as a hearty main dish if you’re on a budget! My girls look forward to it.
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Haitian
Servings 6


  • Instant Pot


  • 2 tbsp salted butter
  • 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme or oregano
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups rice (We like Jasmine.)
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 3 cups water or organic chicken broth
  • 1 can pinto beans (or other beans)


  • Press sauté on Instant Pot. Put butter in the pot to melt.
  • Add minced garlic and sauté a few minutes until fragrant.
  • Add tomato paste, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  • Meanwhile, rinse 2 cups rice and add to the pot. sauté rice until light brown.
  • Add chicken broth to the pot, covering the rice.
  • Secure Instant pot and make sure valve is set to sealing. Press manual button and type in 10 minutes. Press start.
  • While the rice is cooking, drain the beans.
  • When the time is up, wait 5 minutes. Then move the lid to venting and let the pressure release. Open the Instant Pot, and stir in pinto beans.
  • Serve as a main dish or side dish with Haitian chicken and sauce.


*If you prefer to make the traditional Haitian Rice & Beans on your stovetop, check out my recipe here.
Keyword beans, protein, rice