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Instant Pot Black Beans

Easy foolproof way to cook Instant Pot Black Beans with No Soak method. Creamy hearty Mexican black beans from scratch made with healthy pantry ingredients. A tasty, healthy side dish, burrito or taco filling, salad or nachos topping, or simple black beans soup.
Servings 4 - 6
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins


  • 1 pound (454g) dried black beans , rinsed & unsoaked
  • 1 (240g) onion , chopped
  • 8 (27g) garlic cloves , chopped
  • 6 cups (1.5L) unsalted chicken stock (or 4 cups unsalted chicken stock + 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 (Substitute: fine salt)


  • Saute Onion, Herbs, Garlic in Instant Pot: Heat up Instant Pot by using “Sauté More” function. Wait until Instant Pot says “HOT”.
    Add 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil in Instant Pot. Add in chopped onions, then saute for 3 minutes. Add in 1 tsp (2.7g) ground cumin, 1 tsp (0.6g) oregano, and 3 bay leaves, then 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, then Natural Release for 20 minutes. Open the lid carefully.
    Amy + Jacky's Tip: Adding salt to the black beans won't make it tough.
  • Season & Serve Black Beans: Taste and season black beans with more salt. For reference, 3 to 4 large pinches of salt work best based on our testing.
    You can serve the black beans as a tasty side dish, topping, filling, or a simple Black Beans Soup. Garnish your black beans with chopped cilantro, then serve. Enjoy!~ :)
  • *Bonus Soup Tips: If serving as a Black Beans Soup, boil the black beans in Instant Pot (use "Saute High" function) for another 4 to 5 minutes. This will add some more body to the soup. Stir occasionally.


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.
Salted Chicken Stock: We develop recipes with unsalted ingredients because we can better control the flavors of the dish. If you’re substituting with salted chicken stock, keep in mind that the sodium level can vary a lot between different brands. Always taste and adjust accordingly.
Thicken Gravy: If you want to thicken the gravy with a more hearty texture, boil the black beans using "Saute More" function until you desired consistency. Stir occasionally.
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Author: Amy + Jacky
Calories: 183kcal


Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 268mg | Potassium: 554mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 4.4mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2.6mg