Bowl of perfectly cooked black beans made in the Instant Pot

We debuted our Instant Pot by making brown rice, so it was only natural that we try its perfect match: black beans!

Making homemade black beans (from dry beans) is cost-effective and delicious, but it can be a little time consuming on the stovetop.

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But with a little help from the Instant Pot, perfectly tender black beans are ready in under 1 hour with just 1 pot and 3 ingredients (no soaking required)!

Dry black beans, onion, vegetable broth, and salt for making our Instant Pot Black Beans recipe

How to Cook Instant Pot Black Beans

  1. Add beans and water (or broth) to Instant Pot. We also like a little onion and salt for added flavor (optional).
  2. Secure lid, press Pressure Cook — High, and set to 30 minutes. It will take ~8 minutes to pressurize and then the cooking will begin.
  3. When the Instant Pot timer goes off, set a separate timer for 20 minutes and allow the steam to release naturally (that means don’t push any buttons!).
  4. Carefully remove lid and enjoy perfectly cooked beans!
Broth, onion, and black beans in an Instant Pot

How to Use Black Beans

  • 1-Pot Pumpkin Black Bean Soup
  • Grain-Free Burrito Bowls with Shredded Mexican Chicken
  • Southwest Sweet Potato Black Bean Dip
  • Black Bean & Plantain Arepa Sandwiches
  • Black Bean Plantain Enchilada Bake

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

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Wooden spoon in a pot of perfectly cooked easy Instant Pot Black Beans


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