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Easy Pressure Cooker Black Beans

Pressure cooker black beans with seasonings are a great healthy side dish you can make in an Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi. Dry beans turn tender in no time. 

Pressure Cooker Black Beans

Instant Pot pressure cooker black beans are great made from scratch. Using dry beans, water and some seasonings you too can make tender beans as a side dish or addition to rice or burritos. Find this and more Instant Pot recipes here on The Typical Mom for dinner this week. (originally published 2/20, affiliate links present)

Yes, you can make these in a Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi too. Next to our pressure cooker refried beans they’re a great Cinco de Mayo or Memorial Day side dish.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

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Ninja Foodi Black Beans

Here’s where we start. Grab a bag of beans at the grocery store and rinse them off. Why?

Because there tends to be debris on them and every once and a while a pebble. You don’t want to chomp down on that!

Let’s start with the fact that there is NO pre soaking required when cooking dry beans in an Instant Pot.

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Are black beans really good for you?

  • Like other legumes, black beans are known for their high protein and fiber content. They also contain several other key vitamins and minerals that are known to benefit your health.

Tip #1 – By themselves the flavor is somewhat bland. BUT if you add ALL THE THINGS below and use broth instead of cups of water when you cook them they’ll have tons of flavor.

From start to finish it will take under an hour for these to become tender and delicious. This quick cooking method is due to not having to soak beans ahead of time.

  • If you want to do a 30 minute quick soak that is fine but not necessary.

Some prefer soaked black beans because it reduces the gases when done.

cooking beans in instant pot

Tip #2 – When cooking black beans in an Instant Pot you need pressure to release naturally when the cook time is up. This vs. a quick release will help tenderize them well. 

How do you cook dried black beans?

  1. Pick over broken dried beans and rinse with water well.
  2. Put into your pressure cooker with broth (or water) and seasonings, stir
  3. Close lid and steam valve and set to cook on high pressure for 25 minutes
  4. Allow for a 15 minute to 20 minute natural release when done (that means don’t touch the steam valve).
  5. Drain (or not, some like to have liquid in it) and serve.

How do I make black beans thicker?

If you would like to thicken the black bean liquid, you can use a potato masher or spoon to mash some, about 1/4 of them.

  • Stir fresh cilantro into beans. Taste and adjust for seasoning with a bit more salt and pepper.

Some like a splash of vinegar and/or sugar. Serve with lime wedges over Instant Pot white rice.

pressure cooker black beans recipe

How do you know when black beans are done?

A well cooked bean should be creamy on the inside with skin that is intact, not crushed or broken.

The best way to tell if a bean is cooked is to taste it really. Some like it more tender than others but you definitely don’t want it hard or crumbly on the inside.

Instant Pot Black Beans

All you need is this:

  • Bag of dry black beans
  • Electric pressure cooker
  • Broth is much better than water
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Cumin
  • Salt

Fresh cilantro is great when done and/or feta cheese is a great addition too.

instant pot black beans

If you had more time you could use a slow cooker but don’t use that method on an Instant Pot. To be honest, that mode doesn’t work well at all!

  • I used to use my Crockpot for all things until I got this! Now it just doesn’t make much sense to drag that out unless I am leaving all day and want dinner done in the evening.
  • The closest is our Crockpot baked beans that work well when having a barbecue with friends.

What to serve with black beans?

  1. Chipotle black bean taquitos or tacos are fabulous
  2. Shrimp on top a bed of tender beans is a great meal that’s low in fat and high in fiber.
  3. A great appetizer is black bean crostini with salsa and a shrimp on top is fabulous
  4. You could mash them and make a hearty black bean dip
  5. Grab some tostada shells and load them up with veggies and some rotisserie chicken on top
  6. They’re a great addition inside any type of homemade or jarred salsa really

Chicken taco bowls are probably our favorite things ever, you can see them below.

Instant Pot Chicken Taco Bowls

How do you store cooked black beans?

To store leftover beans allow them to come to room temperature first before placing them into airtight containers and in the refrigerator or freezer. Beans will stay fresh in the fridge for about 7 days and in the freezer for a couple of months.  

  • I’m telling you, these are SO versatile. Make a big pot when a large group is coming over and not only is it a yummy side dish but it’s super cheap to make.

Are black beans good for losing weight?

Well that’s not the reason why we make them but they are quite healthy and that is our focus.

If eaten as part of a healthy weight loss diet they could help you lose weight. Since they’re high in fiber and low in fat they keep you full for long periods of time and help keep your blood sugar stable. There are lots of choices like Instant Pot black bean soup and more.

Instant Pot Black Bean Soup recipe

You can jump to recipe or read quickly how it’s done and then double check you have all the necessary ingredients below and get started.

Time needed: 40 minutes.

Pressure Cooker Black Beans

  1. Prepare

    Rinse your dry black beans under cold water. If you put them into a colander it makes it a bit easier. You just want to ensure you remove all debris and dirt. Sometimes there are small rocks, discard those.

    Pour them into your pressure cooker with all other ingredients listed in the recipe card below. You can opt to add some cilantro in if desired too.

  2. Cook

    Close pressure cooker lid and close steam valve. Set to high pressure for 25 minutes total. Then allow the pot to naturally release steam for 15 minutes.

    Release remaining steam and lift lid. Turn pot off. Taste and add more seasonings if you desire.

This timing is appropriate for 16 oz. of dried legumes. If you are doubling this recipe it would take more time. I am unsure of the exact amount as I find it turns out better to just cook 1 bag at a time.

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Pressure Cooker Black Beans

Pressure cooker black beans with seasonings are a great healthy side dish you can make in an Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi. Dry beans turn tender in no time.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword black beans, crockpot express, instant pot, ninja foodi
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 91kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Rinse your dry black beans under water (put into a colander to make it easier).
  • Pour into your pressure cooker with all other ingredients (can opt to just garnish with cilantro if desired too).
  • Close pressure cooker lid and close steam valve. Set to high pressure for 25 minutes. Then allow to naturally release steam for 15 minutes.
  • Release remaining steam and lift lid. Turn pot off.
  • Taste and add more seasonings if you desire.

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Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Black Beans
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 91 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 578mg25%
Potassium 329mg9%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 10.1mg12%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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