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Instant Pot Black Beans

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5 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Serves 8
Learn how to make perfectly cooked black beans in the Instant Pot! This easy, hands-off recipe is the quickest method I know for cooking black beans from scratch.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried black beans
  • 6 cups water
  • Heaping 1/2 cup diced white onion
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Lime juice, optional

Instructions

  • Place the beans in a large colander and sort through them to remove and discard any stones or debris.
  • Rinse the beans and transfer them to the Instant Pot. Add the water, onion, garlic, salt, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and several grinds of black pepper. Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and Pressure Cook on High for 25 minutes, or 20 minutes if you prefer firmer beans.
  • Allow the Instant Pot to release pressure naturally. This will take 20-30 minutes. When the float valve drops, remove the lid.
  • Use the beans in your favorite black bean recipe or season to taste with more salt, pepper, and squeezes of lime juice, if desired, and serve as a side dish.