Easy Mexican Instant Pot Black Beans (No Soak)

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Wondering how to cook black beans in the Instant Pot? This easy no soak method will save you time and money. An easy Mexican Black Beans Instant Pot Recipe that’s super flavorful and made in the pressure cooker in just 45 minutes! 

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Mexican Instant Pot Black Beans

Man. Today I just feel like I’m on a struggle bus when it comes to writing.

There are definitely some days when I wish I had a copywriter to just write all of my posts and optimize them for SEO. Life would be a breeze if that were the case. But then, I think back to why I started this blog in the first place. I don’t want to just write about food and then be done. I want to meet you where you’re at. Share my stories and my heart, hear yours and then give you some tips and tricks for the kitchen in the process.

Ahh… I digress.

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So, for today’s post we are starting to take a mild turn from Mother’s Day and Easter Recipes towards Cinco de Mayo recipes.

After all, it IS one of my favorite “holidays” or reasons to throw a party. Any excuse to have tacos, margaritas and chips and guacamole. Am I right?

Well, for last years party I made Cilantro Lime Rice and Charro Beans. Those two items were such a big hit that I actually ran out because people were choosing to make Rice Bowls instead of eating the tacos. This year I’m taking notes and changing up my menu a bit, I’ll still be making rice but going the Black Bean route instead. Honestly, I just like the taste of them better.

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Easy Instant Pot Black Beans

Hands down one of my new favorite gadgets in the kitchen is my Instant Pot. Truth be told, I was an Instant Pot hater for a while. I wasn’t willing to get on the bandwagon, I’m a little stubborn and don’t like being told what to do. But when I finally gave in I realized what all the fuss was about, it’s been a game changer. Did you know that you can make beans from DRY in the instant in just 45 minutes!?

Do Black Beans need to be soaked?

Here’s the best thing about using the Instant Pot to make your beans. You don’t have to soak the beans before hand! (game changer) Just place the dry beans in your instant pot or pressure cooker along with spices and liquid and voila!

How Many Cups is in 1 Pound of Dry Beans?

  • 1 pound dried beans = 2 cups dried beans = 5 cups cooked beans
  • 1 (15-ounce) can = 1 1/2 cups cooked beans <—this little tip is super handy if you want to use your own Instant Pot Black Beans in recipes that call for canned beans

How to Make Instant Pot Black Beans

  1. Set instant pot to Saute mode.
  2. Add in grape seed oil and onions to the pot. Saute for 2-3 minutes, until onions are translucent.
  3. Next add in garlic. Saute and stir for 30 seconds, until garlic is fragrant.
  4. Immediately add fresh cilantro and red pepper, saute for 2 minutes.
  5. Add in dried black beans and spices. Saute for 1 minute, stirring the entire time to incorporate all the spices with the other ingredients.
  6. Pour in the water and salsa verde.
  7. Cancel the Saute mode and set to Pressure Cooker mode.
  8. Cover and cook on HIGH pressure for 45 minutes.
  9. Do a natural release. Add lime juice to the beans and stir. (Add more salt if needed.)

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I mean honestly you can’t get any easier than that and they come out perfect every time! 

How to Store Cooked Black Beans

Cooked black beans will last in the refrigerator for 3-5 days if stored properly. To store your black beans correctly, place them in an air tight container and store in the refrigerator. If you’d like to freeze your black beans for later use. Allow cooked black beans to cool completely, pour them into an air tight container or a freezer safe bag and place in the freezer. Black beans will last in the freezer for up to 8 months.

This Instant Pot Black Bean recipe is super flavorful, healthy and easy to make. It’s a great side dish for any Taco Tuesday night or Cinco de Mayo party! You could even store half of the beans and use them for recipes that call for canned black beans!

Bon Appetit friends!

What to Serve with Black Beans:

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The Ultimate Mexican Instant Pot Black Beans

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups 1x
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Description

Wondering how to cook black beans in the Instant Pot? This easy no soak method will save you time and money. An easy Mexican Black Beans Instant Pot Recipe that’s super flavorful and made in the pressure cooker in just 45 minutes!


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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon grape seed oil
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 lb. dry black beans
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup salsa verde
  • juice of 1 lime

Instructions

  1. Set instant pot to Saute mode.
  2. Add in grape seed oil and onions to the pot. Saute for 2-3 minutes, until onions are translucent.
  3. Next add in garlic. Saute and stir for 30 seconds, until garlic is fragrant.
  4. Immediately add fresh cilantro and red pepper, saute for 2 minutes.
  5. Add in dried black beans, cumin, ancho chili powder, smoked paprika and salt. Saute for 1 minute, stirring the entire time to incorporate all the spices with the other ingredients.
  6. Pour in the water and salsa verde.
  7. Cancel the Saute mode and set to Pressure Cooker mode.
  8. Cover and cook on HIGH pressure for 40 minutes.
  9. Do a natural release. Add lime juice to the beans and stir. (Add more salt if needed.)
  10. Serve.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/3 cup
  • Calories: 81
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 105 mg
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: mexican black beans, black bean recipes, how to make instant pot black beans, cinco de mayo recipes, cooking black beans, dry beans instant pot

 

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15 Responses
  1. Lucy

    Love the ingredients. Can’t wait to try. Question, instructions at the top say 40 minutes, but the second set at the bottom says 45 minutes. Which is it? Also, how long do I let them do the natural release? Thank you so much!!

    1. Krista

      Hey Lucy, the overall cook time takes into account the cook time on sauteeing the onions, garlic and peppers. Which is why it says 45 minutes. After all the sauteeing is done, you’ll add the beans and then it is 40 minutes from there. As far as natural release, you will let it naturally release until the little venting valve drops. This signifies that all the steam and pressure is gone. Usually it’s about 5-10 minutes depending on how much steam is in there.

  2. Luke

    40 minutes on high sounds excessively long, unless this recipe is supposed to have a very mushy texture? I typically cook black beans in the pressure cooker for about 30 minutes. Is there something in this recipe that causes a slower cook time?

  3. Alisha

    Tried this recipe for the TACO party night that I hosted and it was a hit! Everyone loved it and my husband enjoyed it through the left overs. Thank you so much for the easy and quick recipe!

  4. Allyson Zea

    Love using my instant pot! I can’t wait to try these in a big batch and freeze some for when I need them! Thank you!

  5. Chrissie Baker

    I just happen to have these ingredients so am going to make it tonight for dinner – – if I can wait that long!

  6. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    I could dig right into this with that big ‘ol wooden spoon! It looks so tasty, and how great that they’re so easy to make with the IP!

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