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Instant Pot Black Beans in grey pot

Instant Pot Black Beans

Perfectly seasoned black beans are great served in burritos, nachos, or refry and serve as a side dish for any Mexican dinner.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: pressure cooker black beans
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Natural Release: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 125kcal
Author: Sandy


  • Electric Pressure Cooker


  • 1 pound Dried Black Beans, sorted and rinsed
  • 5 cups Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • ½ Onion, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 Jalapeño, halved


  • 1 bunch Cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup Queso Fresco, for serving, optional


  • Place the black beans, water, olive oil, salt, bay leaves, onion, garlic, and jalapeño in the pot.
  • Close the lid and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.
  • Press the Pressure Cook/Manual button or dial, then the +/- button or dial to select 40 minutes. High Pressure. The pot will take several minutes to come to pressure.
  • When the cook cycle has finished, turn off the pot and let it sit undisturbed for 15 minutes (15 minute natural release). Then turn the steam release knob to the Venting position to release the remaining steam/pressure.
  • When the pin in the lid drops back down, open the lid.
  • Add cilantro and/or queso to the top of each serving.


  • Double this recipe (in 8-quart pot) and freeze half of the beans to use later.
  • These make delicious refried beans.
  • Serve these as a side dish or on tacos, nachos or with chips.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.


Serving: 0.5 cup | Calories: 125kcal