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Instant Pot Black Beans

from kristineskitchenblog.com
These Instant Pot black beans are easy to make, and the taste and texture is so much better than canned beans. With directions for how long to cook soaked and unsoaked black beans. These Instant Pot Black Beans freeze well so you can meal prep a big batch!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 11 servings
Calories: 145kcal


  • 1 pound dry black beans
  • 3 ½ cups water
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste


  • Rinse and pick over dry beans to make sure there aren’t any small pebbles or other debris.
  • Optional: Soak beans by placing beans in a large bowl and filling the bowl with cool, filtered water. Cover the bowl and let it sit at room temperature for 8-12 hours. Then drain and rinse beans.
  • Place black beans (soaked or unsoaked), water, onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder and pepper in Instant Pot. Stir.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid and turn the steam release valve to the sealing position.
  • Set the cook time using the Pressure Cook or Manual button, at high pressure:
    Unsoaked Beans: 25 minutes for firmer beans or 30 minutes for softer beans.
    Soaked Beans: 8 minutes for firmer beans or 10 minutes for softer beans.
  • The Instant Pot will take about 10-15 minutes to reach pressure and then the cook time will begin counting down.
  • When the cook time ends, allow the pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes (just leave the Instant Pot alone after the cook time ends).
  • Quick release any remaining pressure by carefully moving the steam release valve to the venting position using the handle of a long spoon. Once all of the steam has escaped and the pin drops down, carefully open the Instant Pot lid.
  • Stir in salt. 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 after cooking, if desired. Plain beans with no salt or seasoning will taste very bland on their own. If you plan to add the black beans to your meals, you will probably want to add a little salt or other spices/seasonings.
  • Beans can be cooled and then stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or in the freezer for 2-3 months in an airtight container.


Serving: 1/2 cup | Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 219mg | Potassium: 622mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate.
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