How to Cook Black Beans in your Instant Pot
These Mexican-flavored black beans are easy to make in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker, with no soaking required! Use them in burritos, tacos, salads, enchiladas or as a side dish. These Instant Pot Black Beans freeze well so you can meal prep a big batch! This post also includes directions for how to cook black beans in your Instant Pot for baking (without seasoning). Recipe is vegan.
These black beans are my 9 year old’s favorite thing that I make in my Instant Pot. The girl loves her bean and cheese burritos! And she loves them even more when they’re made with these homemade Instant Pot Mexican Black Beans. She’s quick to tell me that they are so much better than the beans from a can!
I have to agree. There really is no comparison between these seasoned black beans and canned.
If you want to try making your own black beans but don’t want to go to the trouble of soaking them, then cooking beans in your Instant Pot (electric pressure cooker) is the way to go.
When you cook dry beans yourself, you can control the firmness and texture of your cooked beans. I like to cook mine for 30 minutes on high pressure in the Instant Pot, with 10 minutes of natural pressure release. The beans will soften just a bit more during the 10 minute pressure release. This cook time produces a mostly soft bean with a little bit of a firm bite to it. You can adjust the cook time to produce softer or firmer beans.
Why you should try these homemade Instant Pot No Soak Black Beans:
- It’s (relatively) quick to cook dried black beans in your Instant Pot. Since you don’t have to pre-soak the beans, you can have these ready in about an hour, from start to finish.
- Black beans are a versatile ingredient. You can use them to make many quick dinners, including burritos and taco salads.
- Cooking beans from scratch is likely healthier. Cooking dried beans yourself means that you don’t have to worry about BPA in the lining of cans, you control the amount of salt that you add, etc.
- Black beans are an excellent source of vegetarian protein and fiber. Black beans are also a good source of iron and folate, as well as other vitamins and minerals. These Instant Pot Mexican Black Beans are also vegan.
How long does it take to cook black beans in a pressure cooker?
From start to finish, you can have black beans ready for your meal (or your freezer) in about an hour. Here’s how the time breaks down:
0 mins: No pre-soaking required!
10 minutes: Prep your ingredients. This includes chopping onion, peeling and mincing garlic (I use my garlic press, affiliate link), rinsing the beans, and adding spices. Depending on how speedy you are, you might be able to prep everything in just 5 minutes.
10-15 minutes: Your Instant Pot will take some time to come to pressure.
30 minutes: The beans pressure cook on high.
10 minutes: Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes. This means just leave the Instant Pot alone for 10 minutes!
2 minutes: Quick release the remaining pressure. You do this by carefully turning the valve to venting. Hot steam will escape so use a potholder, towel, or the handle of a long spoon to turn the valve.
What Instant Pot do you recommend?
I have the 8 quart Instant Pot. The 6 quart is the most commonly purchased size. I like the 8 quart because I can make large batches of food for my family of 6. If you aren’t cooking for a crowd, I would recommend buying the 6 quart. Most recipes that you find online are tested in a 6 quart Instant Pot. My Instant Pot recipes will work in either the 6 or 8 quart, including this Instant Pot Black Beans recipe.
There is also a 3 quart Instant Pot available, but you would need to modify most recipes for its smaller size.
How to Cook Black Beans in your Instant Pot for baking (without seasoning):
If you want plain black beans that you can add to baked goods or non-Mexican flavored dishes, you can use a modified version of this recipe. If you haven’t tried my High Protein Chocolate Black Bean Blender Muffins, I highly recommend them. We make a batch almost every week!
To cook unseasoned black beans, omit all of the ingredients in this recipe except for the dry beans and water. You can substitute broth or stock for the water if you wish, to add more flavor. If you use chicken broth, this recipe will no longer be vegan or vegetarian.
Plain black beans without salt or seasoning will taste very bland. This is ok if you plan to add them to black bean brownies or other baked goods. Just know that if you plan to add the black beans to your meals, you will likely want to add a little salt or other spices/seasonings.
How to Cook Black Beans in your Instant Pot
- 1 pound dry black beans
- 3 ½ cups water
- ½ onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Rinse and pick over beans (to make sure there aren’t any small pebbles, etc.).
- Place all ingredients in Instant Pot. Stir.
- Put lid on and turn valve to sealing.
- Cook on manual, high pressure, for 30 minutes.
- Do a natural pressure release for 10 minutes (just leave the Instant Pot alone after the cook time ends).
- Finish releasing the pressure with a quick release (with a towel or potholder over your hand, carefully push the valve to venting). Once all of the steam has escaped and the float valve drops down, carefully open the Instant Pot lid. Stir and serve.
- To cook unseasoned black beans (for baking) omit all ingredients except for the beans and water and follow the method as written. Add salt as desired. Plain beans with no salt or seasoning will taste very bland on their own.
- Beans can be cooled and then stored in the freezer for 2-3 months in an airtight container.
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