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Easy, Instant Pot Black Beans (No Soak)

Easy, Instant Pot Black Beans (No Soak) is the best, quick electric pressure cooker recipe using dried beans to make Mexican, Cuban, or plain beans. This dish is perfect in a small batch or large and includes tips for the perfect water to bean ratio. Cooking beans doesn’t get much easier!

instant pot black beans in a blue bowl with cilantro and lime

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I’m no stranger to making Mexican taco friendly recipes or beans using the Instant Pot! Be sure to check out my Instant Pot Steak Tacos  and Instant Pot Baked Beans recipes. These black beans will pair wonderfully as a side dish. You can even stuff them inside your favorite burritos, enchiladas, and more.

Dried Beans Are Healthier Than Canned Beans

Dried beans can be a healthier choice because canned beans are typically loaded with added sodium. Some canned varieties also include chemicals, added sugar, or high fructose corn syrup.

Making your own can be very advantageous. Dried beans are also a lot cheaper than canned beans. 

rinsed black beans, 2 cups of water, 2 cups broth, and seasonings in a glass

How to Cook Black Beans in the Instant Pot

  1. Add rinsed beans, water, broth, and seasonings to the pot. 
  2. Seal and pressure cook the beans for 28 minutes.
  3. Allow the beans to naturally release steam for 20 minutes.

collage photo of black beans in an Instant Pot

What is The Ratio of Beans to Water?

The water to bean ratio should include enough liquid to cover the beans. You can use water only, instead of a mix of broth if desired. The broth adds flavor.

Using 4 cups of liquid results in moderate liquid in the pot once the beans have cooked. There won’t be a ton of liquid, but the pot will also not be dry. I didn’t have to drain any excess liquid. If you like a lot of liquid with the beans add another cup or two of water.

cooked black beans in an instant pot with a wooden spoon

How Long to Cook Black Beans

Cooking the beans for 28 minutes results in beans that are soft, but are not mushy. If you like firmer beans lower the cook time to around 20-22 minutes. If you like mushy beans, increase the cook time to 32 minutes or more.

wooden spoon full of cooked black beans in an instant pot

How Many Cups is 1 Pound of Black Beans

One pound of dry beans is 2 cups. One pound of dry beans will produce about 6 cups of cooked beans

instant pot black beans in a blue bowl with cilantro and lime

Pair the beans with Keto Low-Carb Taco Bowls, Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice, Air Fryer Taco Egg Rolls, Air Fryer Quesadillas.

instant pot black beans in a blue bowl with cilantro and lime

Black Beans Freezer Tips

You can freeze the beans for up to 6 months. I like to use sealable bags labeled using a Sharpie.

instant pot black beans in a blue bowl with cilantro and lime
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Easy, Instant Pot Black Beans (No Soak)

Easy, Instant Pot Black Beans (No Soak) is the best, quick electric pressure cooker recipe using dried beans to make Mexican, Cuban, or plain beans. This dish is perfect in a small batch or large and includes tips for the perfect water to bean ratio. Cooking beans doesn't get much easier!
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine Cuban, Mexican
Keyword how to cook black beans in an Instant Pot, instant pot black beans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
natural release of steam 20 minutes
Total Time 53 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 134kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry black beans rinsed, not soaked
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups broth I used beef broth, chicken or vegetable is fine

Optional Seasoning (if you want seasoned beans)

Instructions

  • Rinse the black beans well. Pick out any broken beans or shells.
  • Add the rinsed beans to the pot with the water, chicken broth, and seasonings. There should be enough liquid to cover the beans in the pot. If you don't have enough liquid, add more.
  • Close the pot and seal. Cook on Manual > High-Pressure Cooking for 28 minutes.
  • When the pot indicates it has finished, allow the steam to release naturally for 20 minutes.
  • Open the pot and remove the bay leaf and the beans. Cool before serving. You can serve with fresh lime and cilantro if desired.

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Notes

You want enough liquid to cover the beans. Add more liquid if needed.
You can use water only, instead of a mix of broth if desired. The broth adds flavor.
Using 4 cups of liquid results in moderate liquid in the pot once the beans have cooked. There won't be a ton of liquid, but the pot will also not be dry. I didn't have to drain any excess liquid. If you like a lot of liquid with the beans add another cup or two of water.
28 minutes results in beans that are soft, but are not mushy. If you like firmer beans lower the cook time to around 20 minutes. If you like mushy beans, increase the cook time to 32 minutes or more.
One pound of dry beans is 2 cups. One pound of dry beans will produce about 6 cups of cooked beans
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 2g
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Recipe Rating




Judy

Saturday 13th of February 2021

The post is confusing. Throughout the post you refer to 1 pound/2 cups of beans but the recipe is for only one cup of beans.

staysnatched

Sunday 14th of February 2021

Throughout the post, I'm telling you the conversions. I'm answering the questions people often have about cooking beans.

Gwendolyn

Sunday 7th of February 2021

I used one cup of dried beans per the recipe and had way too much liquid. I added an additional 30 minutes to the instant pot and then just drained the beans. After that, they turned out flavorful and a nice texture.

staysnatched

Monday 8th of February 2021

Interesting. I'm glad you made this to suit your taste.

Lindsay B.

Sunday 17th of January 2021

How would the cooking time change for double the amount of beans?

staysnatched

Sunday 17th of January 2021

It likely wouldn’t but you wouldn’t need to test it. If they aren’t done, add additional time.

Melodie

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

Thanks for the recipe. Just to clarify is it 1 pound of dried black beans or just 1 cup as the recipe says? Looking forward to trying this.

staysnatched

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

The amount noted in the recipe is correct.