Instant Pot Black Beans

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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.

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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!

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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. 🙂

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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!

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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.
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Total: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 183kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (454g) black beans , unsoaked
  • 1 (240g) onion , chopped
  • 8 (27g) garlic cloves , chopped
  • 6 cups (1.5L) unsalted chicken stock (or 4 cups chicken stocks + 2 cups cold water)
  • 1 teaspoon (2.7g) ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon (0.6g) oregano
  • 3 (0.4g) bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil
  • Cilantro , chopped
  • ½ teaspoon coarse kosher salt

Instructions

  • 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 ½ 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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Recipe Notes:

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.
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Nutrition:

Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 268mg | Potassium: 554mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 5.3% | Calcium: 5.6% | Iron: 14.4%
Course: Dinner, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: black beans recipe, instant pot beans, instant pot black beans, instapot black beans, pressure cooker beans, pressure cooker black beans
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Instant Pot Black Beans Step-by-Step Cooking Guide

Prepare Ingredients for Instant Pot Black Beans.

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Rinse black beans under cold water. Pick out any stones or debris. Drain well.

How to rinse black beans

*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.

1

Saute Onion in Instant Pot


Heat up Instant Pot using “Sauté More” function.

*Tip: For older versions – press “Saute” button, then “Adjust” button. For newer versions – press “Saute” button twice.

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Wait until it says “HOT” (takes roughly 8 minutes). 

Add 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil in Instant Pot.

Add in chopped onions, then saute for 3 minutes.

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2

Add Spice & Garlic


Add in 1 tsp (2.7g) ground cumin, 1 tsp (0.6g) oregano, and 3 bay leaves.

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Saute for another minute.

Add in minced garlic, then saute for 30 seconds.

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3

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.

Pressure Cooker Black Beans: deglaze Instant Pot

Give it a quick mix.

4

Pressure Cook Black Beans


Add in 1 lb (454g) black beans and ½ tsp coarse kosher salt (fine salt will also work).

*Pro Tip: Adding salt to the black beans will not make it tough 🙂

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Pour in 5 ½ cups (1.25L) unsalted chicken stock, then give it a quick mix.

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With Venting Knob in Venting Position, close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position.

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker High Pressure 50 minutes

  • Pressure Cooking Method: 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.

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5

Seasonings


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.

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6

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! 🙂

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Enjoy your Instant Pot Black Beans!~ 🙂

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  1. I have attempted SEVERAL bean recipes in my InstantPot. This is the best ever. Thank you Amy + Jacky!

    FYI – I used the bean function on my Ultra. 50 minutes was perfect.

  2. Hello there Jacky and Amy!
    I love all of your tested recipes, and the new layout,especially for mobile phones! Your site is my favorite go to for all my instant pot needs!
    Question about soaking. There is a lot of controversy about soaking beans! Why did you decide not to soak them for your recipe? And
    What do you think, does soaking beans make them easier to digest?

  3. Love this recipe! I’ve made it numerous times as a soup and over rice. So easy and much better than anything you could do with canned black beans.

  4. I just want to say I really like the new layout. For those of us who have sufficient experience and don’t need all the pics, etc., this makes it easier to get to the actual recipe instead of scrolling through a lot of stuff.

  5. Is there a compelling reason why you call for Olive Oil instead of the more culturally authentic corn oil? Curious .. here. I always add 1/4 small serrano (seeded) and some chilpotle as well…. Thanks for the great recipe.

  6. We just try that recipe and it was very good. We had a lot since we are two. Do you think it would freeze well? Thank you very much for all your recipes! I’m always sure it’s going to taste good.

    1. Hi Natasha,

      thank you for so much for your kind words 🙂

      Black beans freeze well! For best quality, consume within 3 – 6 months.

      Take care!
      Jacky

  7. I had to use low sodium stock. Do you know a brand that makes unsalted stock? Thanks. (It was delicious. )

    1. Hi Bernadette,

      Thank you for your kind words 🙂

      Here are some brands that make unsalted stock 🙂

      Whole Food 365, Campbells, Swanson, Kitchen Basics, Costco Kirkland.

      Please take care and have fun cooking!
      Jacky

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