Believe it or not, making Black Beans in the Instant Pot is quick and easy! This No-Soak Bean Recipe is true restaurant quality that you will want to share with those you love. And I’m going to help you make them too! Easy step-by-step instructions that even an inexperienced cook can create at home. I promise!
Beans are a delicious staple ingredient in many cultures, not to mention they are very cost affordable. I have always been plagued that making beans using dried beans would not only take hours upon hours, but the soaking process is just a pain. Thank goodness I learned how quick and easy beans are using the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker. All those misconceptions were destroyed.
No Soak Black Beans, truly there is no soaking involved and in just over an hour you will be eating these delicious beans. The great part is you will only spend about 15 minutes preparing this recipe. The rest is done by the magic of the Pressure Cooker!
Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker
I use either a 6qt Duo Plus Instant Pot or a 6qt Mealthy Pressure Cooker. Make sure to use my code DEVOURDINNER when purchasing the Mealthy Pressure Cooker for $10.00 off your purchase direct from Mealthy. It’s a great Pressure Cooker and I have and use a variety of their products too.
Making Black Beans in the Instant Pot
First things first, rinse and drain those beans! Sure they look clean but I promise they are covered in dirt so rinse those beans and set aside.
Turn the Pressure Cooker to Sauté and wait until it reads “Hot” before adding olive oil. Dice a small yellow onion and sauté. As the onion turns translucent you are on your way to making your first batch of Homemade Black Beans.
Add minced or crushed garlic, cumin, and cilantro and cayenne. Sauté for an additional minute and turn the Pressure Cooker off.
Deglaze the bottom of the pot by adding ½ cup of broth and using a flat wooden spoon scrape the bottom lifting up any stuck bits. This is an important step so you do not get the ‘burn’ notice.
Add remaining chicken broth along with tomato sauce and stir. Add in those black beans and you are ready to set the pressure cooker to 45 minutes allowing a 25 minute natural pressure release.
Sounds simple enough, right? I’m telling you that it’s so very simple!
Black Beans are always a welcome addition to any Taco Tuesday meal not to mention combined with rice and maybe some avocado they are truly delicious all on their own.
|1 Pound of Dry Beans=2 Cups Dry Beans||5 Cups Cooked Beans|
|1 Can Black Beans =||1 ½ Cups Cooked Beans|
Black Beans freeze very well. I personally love to freeze beans using my Souper Cubes which makes freezing anything so easy. These silicone cubes have a snap on lid and secure edge to prevent spills while they old leftovers and easy pop out of the silicone mold. They come in ½ Cup – 2 Cup size molds and I love them!
The next time you make a recipe that calls for Canned Black Beans remember you have homemade black beans in the freezer! Black Beans are delicious on Salads, served in cold pasta salads, with Nachos, and so many other recipes.
Beans provide a great source of Fiber, Antioxidants, and Protein. Black Beans will help you feel fuller longer and satisfy your hunger too.
The next time you see beans on the shelf at the grocery store make sure to pick up a bag and give this recipe a try! I promise you will love them and the sense of accomplishment you will have from making beans from scratch will put a hop in your step too.
When to Serve Black Beans?
Beans can be served as a side dish for your Taco Tuesday adventures. They are also delicious when used in Burritos, Enchiladas, and even Tacos. Not to mention adding some well seasoned black beans to Nachos is oh so good!
Favorite Recipes to serve with Instant Pot Black Beans
I Love sharing other friends' recipes too! For Cinco de Mayo we have grouped together to bring you even more FANTASTIC Recipes. Take a look!
Cinco de Mayo Recipes
Instant Pot Black Beans
- 1 lb Black Beans Dry
- 1 Yellow Onion Small about ½ -¾ Cup Diced
- 2 Tbl Olive Oil
- 1 ½ teaspoon Cumin
- 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
- 2-3 Garlic Cloves Minced or Crushed
- ¼ Cup Cilantro Chopped
- 8 oz Tomato sauce
- 4 Cup Chicken Broth
- ¼ teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes optional
- Rinse and drain dry Black Beans and set aside
- Heat Instant Pot to Saute and wait until it reads "Hot"
- Add Olive Oil and Diced onions and saute for 3-4 minutes allowing onions to cook and turn translucent
- Add crushed garlic, cumin, chili powder, and cilantro and cook for an additional 1 minute.
- Turn of Pressure Cooker. Deglaze bottom of pot by adding ½ cup of broth and using a wooden spoon scraping the bottom lifting up any stuck bits.
- Add tomato Sauce and remaining broth. Add rinsed black beans and stir
- Set Instant Pot to Pressure Cook for 45 minutes allowing a 25 minute Natural Pressure Release before opening lid.
- Remove lid and stir. Black Beans are ready to serve and enjoy.
This is the best black bean recipe. Thanks for sharing.
I have a question. I love beans and am looking for recipes. However, I greatly dislike cilantro. Does the flavor come through in these beans or would it be better to skip them?
Hi Anna, that is a great question. I know many people do not like the taste of cilantro where others love it! In this recipe I do not notice a specific cilantro flavor. And where it's cooked with the beans you can't even find the cilantro in the end. With that said, I do feel the cilantro helps meld all the flavors together. You can omit cilantro if you prefer.
It's great how easy the Instant Pot makes preparing beans. No more quick soaks or overnight soaks. Just fast.
I love using the instant pot for beans and that flavor profile on these sounds amazing.
No soak? I'm in! I always forget to let them soak so I'm trying this for sure!
Yet another reason for me to get an Instant Pot! Great idea!
I love using my Instant Pot. They are such a game-changer for so many recipes!