Instant Pot Black Beans

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These simple and tasty instant pot black beans, flavored with bacon, onion, garlic, poblano and lots of spices, have smoky yet mild taste that pair well with lots of dishes.

These simple and tasty black beans, flavored with bacon, onion, garlic, poblano and lots of spices, have smoky yet mild taste that pair well with lots of dishes.Instant Pot Black Beans

And thanks to the magic of a pressure cooker, you can make these dry beans from start to finish in under an hour! There are so many ways to use these black beans. You can serve them over rice… you can add them to burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, or taco salads…  or you can serve them with a poached egg topped with chopped tomatoes, avocado, and scallions.

This recipe makes a lot of beans, but you can easily freeze the extra cooked beans and defrost them for later use.

These simple and tasty black beans, flavored with bacon, onion, garlic, poblano and lots of spices, have smoky yet mild taste that pair well with lots of dishes.

Hey there, I’m Heather K. Jones. I’m a registered dietitian, the nutrition consultant for Skinnytaste, and the founder of Smaller Size Bigger Life, an online coaching program for women who struggle with emotional eating, overeating, or body image issues (click here to find out more about my free weight loss class releasing April 1st).

I’m so excited to share this recipe today (thank you, Gina!), because last month my husband and I eloped! … in the snow! … in Montana at the beautiful Ranch at Rock Creek. The food at the ranch was phenomenal, and these delicious black beans are no exception.

These simple and tasty black beans, flavored with bacon, onion, garlic, poblano and lots of spices, have smoky yet mild taste that pair well with lots of dishes.

These simple and tasty black beans, flavored with bacon, onion, garlic, poblano and lots of spices, have smoky yet mild taste that pair well with lots of dishes.

These simple and tasty black beans, flavored with bacon, onion, garlic, poblano and lots of spices, have smoky yet mild taste that pair well with lots of dishes.
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Instant Pot Black Beans

111 Cals 7 Protein 19 Carbs 1 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Yield: 16 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Side Dish
CUISINE: American
These simple and tasty instant pot black beans, flavored with bacon, onion, garlic, poblano and lots of spices, have smoky yet mild taste that pair well with lots of dishes.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dry black beans
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 slices center-cut bacon, chopped
  • ½ medium white onion, diced
  • ½ medium poblano pepper, seeded and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 ½ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon green Tabasco

Instructions

  • Pressure cooker pre-soak: Rinse beans and add them to the Instant Pot with 8 cups of water and 2 teaspoons of Kosher salt. Close the lid and pressure-cook in manual mode for 4 minutes. When cycle is finished, switch to “Keep Warm” mode for 10 minutes. Drain and rinse beans.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the cumin, chili powder, coriander, smoked paprika, 1 tablespoon kosher salt and pepper.
  • Switch to pot to “Sauté” When hot, add the bacon and sauté for 1 minute. Add the onions and poblano and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the spices and the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds more. Pour in broth and drained beans and mix well.
  • Place lid on Instant Pot, make sure steam release handle is on “sealing.” Push “Bean/Chili” mode and cook for 15 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally then add Tabasco and mix well.
  • For a deeper flavor, allow beans to sit in “Keep Warm” mode for at least 30 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/2 cup, Calories: 111kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 1g, Sodium: 147mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 1g
WW Points Plus: 3
Keywords: black bean recipes, healthy black bean recipes, healthy side dish, Instant Pot Black Beans, pressure cooker beans

These simple and tasty black beans, flavored with bacon, onion, garlic, poblano and lots of spices, have smoky yet mild taste that pair well with lots of dishes.

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119 comments

  1. These were amazing and so easy! My husband was blown away and I’m pretty sure I’ll never be able to get away with using canned beans again!

  2. Made these beans today, they are fantastic. They will complement my taco bar grad. party beautifully!!!

  3. I know I asked before but is it red chilli powder or chili powder (American style) that you use for chilli? I am used to cooking with chili powder that is the pure Chili’s. Anyone who has made appreciate your feedback in which one you used. Thanks.

  4. Can I cut the recipe in half? Would the cooking times be the same? And the same amount of water during the presoak?

  5. We loved these: tasty, simple to make, and easy to serve with a variety of things. We enjoyed them with brown rice. I will surely make these again. Cooked with high pressure on manual for 30 min as per an earlier comment in this thread. Worked perfectly.

  6. I have another question. Can I double this recipe in the Instant Pot? I have a large amount of people coming over for a BBQ and I want to serve this as a side. I made these last week and they phenomenal!

  7. I don’t have a “Bean/Chili” mode on my IP. Can I just use Manual for 15 minutes?

    • I just saw the comment above mine from January 11, 2019 that answers the question. I’m making these tomorrow night and can’t wait! Thank you!

  8. I have an instant pot but don’t have the chili/ bean button – do I just use the manual setting for 15 min then?

  9. These look great! Thinking of making this over the weekend – what could I replace the bacon with to keep this vegetarian, yet still have that depth of flavor? Thanks!

  10. Excellent taste! I am definitely making this recipe often, as it’s a great (and inexpensive) meal. And I’m part Cuban, so I know my black beans! Thank you!

    • I know it’s a bit late (?!) but for others who might want to know… liquid smoke is what I use – you don’t need much, test it for your taste – start with 1/2 tsp and add more if desired.

  11. My favorite black bean recipe!  Absolutely delicious! Thank you for posting it!

  12. Absolutely delicious! Made these last night and served them with Gina’s Jerk Pork and Cilantro Lime Rice. The whole meal was a hit! Thank you, Gina! I have all your cookbooks and love your recipes! 

  13. Thank you for sharing this recipe.  My family LOVED it.  My husband said they were amazing and my daughter even asked for seconds.  I didn’t add Tabasco to the whole pot.  We just added to our liking.  

  14. If I want to make this meatless, what can I use instead of the bacon, or can I just leave it out?

  15. I make this every 2 weeks for my husband and myself.  We freeze half and keep the other half for the week.  We love it – I sometimes have a hard time finding poblanos so I replace with Jalapeños often.  We like it on the spicy side so I also include some seeds to increase the heat.   It is a great freezer recipe as well.  If you are trying to increase your bean intake in your diet this is a great recipe we never get tired of it.  It goes with everything. 

  16. Hi There! I’m curious to know if these are truly 0 SP as indicated above… they came up in my search for zero point meals. 

    They look delicious! Thanks!

  17. These beans were so delicious!  So flavorful! I’m bringing them to a taco party tonight and I think they will be a hit, but I won’t be sad if there are leftovers. 

  18. Love, love, love this recipe!  I make a double batch, and my boys gobble it up every time.  Some changes I make, depending on the ingredients I have on hand: use smoked ham hock and smoked jalapeño sausage instead of bacon, increase the number of poblanos, onions, and garlic, and reduce the salt in the cooking phase a bit.  The smoked paprika and the coriander are “the secret sauce,” in my opinion – they give a real depth of flavor over other recipes.

  19. These beans are flavorful and go with a variety of dishes. 

  20. This looks so good, can’t wait to make them! If I soak the dried beans overnight, how long will they take to cook in the IP?  Thanks!

    • This is one of my favorite recipes by Gina!!! I make it often, then store it in quart sized freezer bags. I use the Ninja Foodi and follow Gina’s recipe and it always comes out perfectly!!