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Instant Pot Black Beans Recipe

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  • Author: Maxine Dubois
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This Instant Pot Black Beans Recipe is made with dried black beans, lime, cilantro, broth and pressure cooked in an Instant Pot.


  • 1 cup dried black beans
  • 4 cups broth (chicken or vegetable)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of ½ lime


  1. Rinse and sort the dried black beans to remove any debris or impurities.
  2. Place the black beans, broth, and bay leaves in the Instant Pot.
  3. Close the lid of the Instant Pot and ensure the pressure release valve is set to the sealing position.
  4. Set the Instant Pot to manual or pressure cook mode on high pressure for 30 minutes.
  5. Once the cooking time is complete, allow for a natural pressure release for about 10 minutes. Then, carefully perform a quick pressure release to release any remaining pressure.
  6. Open the lid and remove the bay leaves from the cooked beans.
  7. If you prefer a thicker consistency, you can mash some of the beans with a spoon or potato masher.
  8. Taste the beans and adjust the seasoning as needed, adding salt and pepper if desired. Garnish with cilantro and lime juice

Note: The cooking time may vary slightly depending on the age and quality of the dried beans. If your beans are older, you may need to increase the cooking time by a few minutes to ensure they are fully cooked and tender.


  • If you are cooking your beans in a pot, you must soak the beans overnight. Otherwise, you don’t need to for a pressure cooker.
  • Rinse the beans: Before cooking, be sure to rinse the dried black beans under cold water to remove any dirt or debris.
  • Adjust cooking time: The cooking time can vary based on the age and size of the black beans. If you find that the beans are not fully cooked or are too firm after the initial cooking time, you can easily add a few extra minutes of pressure cooking time to ensure they are tender.
  • Flavor enhancements: While the basic recipe is delicious on its own, feel free to experiment with additional seasonings and ingredients to enhance the flavor of your black beans. Consider adding spices like cumin, paprika, or chili powder, along with diced onions, garlic, or bell peppers.
  • Natural pressure release: Allow the Instant Pot to naturally release the pressure after cooking the black beans. This can help ensure that the beans retain their shape and don't become mushy. It's worth the extra wait for better results.
  • Make a large batch and freeze: Black beans freeze well, so consider making a larger quantity than you need for one meal. Portion out the cooked black beans into freezer-safe containers or resealable bags and freeze them for later use. This will save you time and effort in the future when you want a quick and nutritious meal.
  • Serve with toppings: While black beans are delicious on their own, you can take them to the next level by serving them with toppings. Consider adding fresh cilantro, chopped green onions, diced tomatoes, sliced avocado, shredded cheese, sour cream, or a squeeze of lime juice. These toppings can add texture, freshness, and a burst of flavor to your black beans.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 169.3
  • Sugar: 2.2 g
  • Sodium: 720.2 mg
  • Fat: 0.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 37.6 g
  • Fiber: 9.5 g
  • Protein: 10.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg