How to make perfect black beans in the instant pot in 30 minutes. No soaking of the beans required so it’s easy and quick! Includes freezing directions if you want to make a couple batches.
Instant Pot Black Beans
We love black beans (that’s why we grow black beans!). My daughters would request rice and beans for dinner every night if they could. Throw the black beans in the instant pot, throw some rice in the rice cooker and you have a simple meal fast!
If you like this recipe I suggest making a double or triple batch and freezing beans so you always have some on hand. At this end of this post I’m going to give freezing directions which I hope help you!
How Long Does It Take To Cook Beans In Instant Pot?
Black beans cook on high pressure for 30 minutes in the instant pot, with 20 minutes of releasing the pressure. After that you’re left with perfectly tender beans!
Can I Cook Pinto Beans or Navy Beans in the Pressure Cooker?
You absolutely can, but please note that some beans take longer. For example, you usually need to add a couple minutes on to the cooking time if you’re making pinto or navy beans.
How to Cook Instant Pot Black Beans
These black beans are easy to make. All you need is a few simple ingredients.
Measure out black beans and sort through the beans making sure there are no rocks or sticks in them.
Add black beans to Instant Pot, along with water, onion, garlic and spices. The onion adds a little more flavor, but if you want to skip it, I can promise you they’re just as good that way too. Stir so all the ingredients are combined.
Cook on HIGH PRESSURE for 30 minutes. Let the beans rest, naturally releasing the pressure, this takes about 20 minutes. Once steam has escaped, carefully remove the lid.
Drain beans as there will be excess liquid. Enjoy the black beans immediately, or store in refrigerator for up to 3 days.
How to Freeze Black Beans
Freezing black beans is such a great way to save money on the food budget. Next time you’re at the grocery store just compare the price of a can of beans vs dried beans and you’ll see the savings!
After the beans are cooked, allow them to cool down. Most recipes I make call for (1) 15 ounce can of black beans, so I like to package them in 2 cup servings. This equals close to a can of black beans.
Put the black beans in freezer bags, and place in freezer, laying them flat to optimize space. These will stay good for up to 6 months. To defrost, place in the refrigerator overnight or defrost in microwave.
I hope this black bean recipe helps you! Enjoy! 🙂
Tip: Make sure to try my Slow Cooker Black Beans too!
How to Use Black Beans
Besides rice and beans, here are some recipes that you can use black beans for.
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- 4 cups dry black beans
- 8 cups water
- 1 small onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- Quickly sort through the black beans, making sure there are no small rocks in them. Add beans to Instant Pot.
- Add water, onion, garlic, salt, cumin, chili powder and oregano to Instant Pot. Stir so everything is combined. Cook on HIGH PRESSURE for 30 minutes. Let the beans rest, naturally releasing the pressure, this takes about 20 minutes. Once steam has escaped, carefully remove the lid.
- Drain beans as there will be excess liquid. Enjoy the black beans immediately, store in refrigerator for up to 3 days, or freeze in freezer bags for up to 6 months.