Instant Pot Black Beans-Abuela Approved

instant pot black beans in green bowl

Today’s Best Recipe is Instant Pot Black Beans.

Decades ago, I experienced an Abuela. She was pint-sized had the greenest eyes, often smiled, and oh, man! Could she cook.

The drawback was she only spoke Spanish.

It was a good arrangement. She cooked, I showed up, and ate.

Then came Thanksgiving and food delegations.

I cannot remember the specifics, like whether I volunteered or it was assigned, but I was bringing the Black Beans…for 70 people.

I was on my own.

I’m going to share the recipe.

It can be eaten as a bowl of soup, Morros (mix it into the rice), black bean dip (simmer until no longer soupy), you can even use leftovers to make black bean burgers!

Versatile; right?

Did I mention when pressure cooking beans, there is no soaking?

None.

And you still get flavorful beans!

easy and delicious instant pot black beans in bowl garnished with slices of avocado

The only thing that’s changed is modern cooking appliances, like the Instant Pot.

Cooking time has gone from 2 hours to 35 minutes.

That’s a game-changer right there.

It should also be noted, that when I walked in with the huge pot of these black beans, Abuela told my husband,

La Gringa cree que puede haer frijoles negros.

Which when translated is, “The American thinks she can make black beans?

Then after several samplings, she said, “Not bad. Not bad.”

You may also want to check out my Pinterest Instant Pot board for more great recipes like this pressure cooker Black Beans!

Here is the Instant Pot Black Beans Recipe: Abuela Approved

instant pot black beans

Instant Pot Black Beans Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. black beans
  • 1 large green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 8 sprigs of coriander (you can use cilantro)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1/4 pound salt pork, quartered (or ham hocks)
  • 14 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup white, distilled vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 32 ounces chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Sofrito Ingredients:

  • 2 green bell peppers, seeded and cut into thin strips
  • 1 large onion, cut into thin strips
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced

Instant Pot Black Beans Recipe Directions:

Place the dry beans in a large colander. Rinse them thoroughly under cold water as you pick through the beans, removing any damaged, misshapen beans. Once you’ve rinsed beans, place them in the pressure cooker.

Add all ingredients, except vinegar, sugar, and sofrito, to Instant Pot.

Chicken Stock should cover the beans to a depth of 1.5 inches above beans–you may need more or less water by this measurement.

electric pressure cooker black beans

Place lid on Instant Pot

Close vent and set to manual high pressure and set the cooking time for 25 minutes.

instant pot set for 25 minutes

While the beans are cooking, add all sofrito ingredients to the pan and cook until onions and peppers are soft.

While the beans are cooking, add all sofrito ingredients to the pan and cook until onions and peppers are soft.

When the Instant Pot timer beeps, let rest on natural release for 10 minutes.

Quick Release pressure by turning the valve to vent to release the rest of the pressure.

Once depressurized, remove the lid.

Add sofrito to beans and stir well.

adding sofrito to black beans

Add vinegar and sugar to beans and stir well.

adding vinegar to black beans

Mash some of the beans against the Instant Pot and stir to make it thicker.

Serve and enjoy.

This is sure to be one of your favorite black beans recipes and it’s so easy in the Instant Pot pressure cooker.

instant pot black beans in green bowl

 

Make Black Beans Refried Beans:

Follow all steps above, but at the end:

  • Remove the bay leaves. Reserve 2 cups of the bean liquid (bean broth) in a bowl or measuring cup, then drain the excess liquid. Return the black beans to the instant pot or a large bowl. The easiest way is using an immersion blender or potato masher to puree the beans to desired consistency–adding the reserved liquid slowly as needed. (A blender and small batches of beans can be used, however, please remember to allow the beans to cool to avoid splatter and possible injury). Voila! You have refried black beans.

You’ll also love our recipe for Instant Pot Refried Beans made from scratch with dry pinto beans.

When you’re finished, why not give your Instant Pot a deep clean.

instant pot black beans in green bowl

Instant Pot Black Beans-Abuela Approved

Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This Instant Pot Black Beans Recipe can be eaten as a soup, morros (mix it into rice), black bean dip (simmer until no longer soupy).

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. black beans
  • 1 large green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 8 sprigs of coriander (you can use cilantro)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1/4 pound salt pork, quartered (or ham hocks)
  • 14 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup white, distilled vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 32 ounces chicken stock

Sofrito Ingredients:

  • 2 green bell peppers, seeded and cut into thin strips
  • 1 large onion, cut into thin strips
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced

Instructions

    1. Rinse the dry beans by placing in a colander and running cold water over them, picking out the misshapen and weird-looking beans.
    2. Add all ingredients, except vinegar, sugar, and sofrito, to Instant Pot.
    3. Chicken Stock should cover the beans to a depth of 1.5 inches above beans--you may need more or less water by this measurement.
    4. Place lid on Instant Pot
    5. Close vent and set to manual high pressure for a cook time of 25 minutes.
    6. While the beans are cooking, add all sofrito ingredients to the pan and cook until onions and peppers are soft.
    7. When Instant Pot timer beeps, let rest on natural release for 10 minutes.
    8. Release pressure by turning the valve to vent to release the rest of the pressure.
    9. Once depressurized, remove the lid.
    10. Add sofrito to beans and stir well
    11. Add vinegar and sugar to beans and stir well.
    12. Mash some of the beans against the Instant Pot and stir to make thicker.
    13. Serve with white rice, tortilla chips, garnish with green onions, if you like and enjoy.
    14. This Instant Pot Black Beans Recipe can be eaten as a soup, morros (mix it into rice), black bean dip (simmer until no longer soupy).
    15. This is sure to be one of your favorite black beans recipe and it's so easy in the Instant Pot pressure cooker.
    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 309Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 613mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 7gSugar: 7gProtein: 10g

    Nutritional Information may not be accurate

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