Save time with this Easy No-Soak way to cook Instant Pot Black Beans (Pressure Cooker Black Beans)! Tasty creamy hearty black beans recipe that’s perfect as a healthy side dish, burrito or taco filling, topping, or simple black beans soup.
With the right cooking times & methods, the Instant Pot Beans come out consistently perfectly cooked – tender & creamy but not broken or mushy-soggy. And only in just a fraction of cooking time! Plus, no soaking required – so no need to plan & prep ahead. 😀
So time for some “Mr. IP Beans” experiment to find the foolproof way to cook dried black beans from scratch in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker!
What are Black Beans?
Black beans, aka “turtle beans” or “black turtle beans”, are small shiny black-colored legumes. They taste dense, meaty, earthy, wholesome, hearty & creamy on the inside when perfectly cooked.
They are commonly used in vegetarian dishes & soups, and especially popular in Latin American, Mexican, and Cuban cuisines. In fact, they have become a cultural staple in South America!
Black beans are low cost, super filling, health-boosting powerhouses. They are a very good source of low-fat protein, fiber, antioxidants, and are great for our digestive tract. 🙂
How to Buy and Store Black Beans?
Make sure the black beans are whole & not cracked, dry & not moist, fresh & not old or stale.
Best to store the black beans in a dry, cool, and dark place in a sealed container.
Time to cook Black Beans in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker!
Instant Pot Black Beans
Save time with the Easy No-Soak way to cook Instant Pot Black Beans (Pressure Cooker Black Beans)! Tasty creamy hearty black beans recipe that's perfect as a healthy side dish, burrito or taco filling, topping, or simple black beans soup.
Saute Onion in Instant Pot: Heat up Instant Pot using "Sauté More" function. Wait until it says "HOT" (~8 mins). Add 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil in Instant Pot. Add in chopped onions, then saute for 3 minutes.
Add Spice & Garlic: Add in 1 tsp (2.7g) ground cumin, 1 tsp (0.6g) oregano, and 3 bay leaves. Saute for another minute. Add in minced garlic, then saute for 30 seconds.
Deglaze Instant Pot: Pour 1 cup (250ml) unsalted stock in Instant Pot, then deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Give it a quick mix.
Pressure Cook Black Beans: Add in 1 lb (454g) black beans and ½ tsp coarse kosher salt. Pour in 5 cups (1.25L) unsalted chicken stock, then give it a quick mix. With Venting Knob in Venting Position, close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position. Pressure Cook at High Pressure 50 minutes + Natural Release 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, release the remaining pressure by turning Venting Knob to Venting Position. When Floating Valve drops, open the lid carefully.*Pro Tip: Adding salt to the black beans will not make it tough.
Season Black Beans: Taste and season black beans with more salt (for reference, 3 - 4 large pinches of salt worked best based on our testings).
Serve Instant Pot Black Beans: You can serve the black beans as a yummy side dish, topping, filling, or a simple Black Beans Soup. *Pro Tip: If serving as a Black Beans Soup, boil the black beans in Instant Pot (use "Saute High" function for another 4 - 5 minutes. This will add some more body to the soup. Stir occasionally. Garnish your black beans with chopped cilantro, then serve. Enjoy!~ 🙂
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Use Fresh Dry Beans: Although beans have a relatively long shelf life, older beans may take a much longer cooking time to be softened. So best to use fresh dry beans if possible.*Rate Recipe: If you've tried the recipe, don't forget to Rate the Recipe in the Comments Section. Thank you! 🙂
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Instant Pot Black Beans Step-by-Step Cooking Guide
Prepare Ingredients for Instant Pot Black Beans.
Rinse black beans under cold water. Pick out any stones or debris. Drain well.
*Pro Tip – Use Fresh Dry Beans: Although beans have a relatively long shelf life, older beans may take a much longer cooking time to be softened. Sometimes the black beans can get so old & stale (even on store shelves) that they won’t cook properly even after long cooking time. So best to use fresh dry beans if possible.
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After 20 minutes, release the remaining pressure by turning Venting Knob to Venting Position.
When Floating Valve drops, open the lid carefully.
The black beans in Instant Pot should be done. Taste and season with more salt.
*Pro Tip: For reference, 3 – 4 large pinches of salt will work the best based on our testings.
Serve Instant Pot Black Beans
You can serve the Instant Pot Black Beans as a tasty side dish for tacos, enchiladas, burritos, or over rice with your favorite toppings.
Or, you can serve this Black Beans Recipe as an ultra-simple Black Beans Soup.
*Pro Tip: If you want to serve this pressure cooker Black Beans Recipe as a soup, boil the black beans in Instant Pot (using the “Saute High” function) for another 4 – 5 minutes. This will add some more body to the black beans soup. Stir occasionally.
Garnish your instapot black beans with chopped cilantro, then you are ready to serve! 🙂