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.
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.
Hey there, I’m Heather K. Jones. I’m a registered dietitian, the nutrition consultant for Skinnytaste, and the founder of Feel Better Eat Better, an online coaching program for women who struggle with emotional eating, overeating, or body image issues.
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.
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Instant Pot Black Beans
- 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
- 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.
119 comments on “Instant Pot Black Beans”
Is there a way to adapt this recipe for a slow cooker? We have a Ninja pressure cooker but our dog literally goes insane when it goes off haha
Excellent! I was able to use poblanos from my own garden (er, deck). I appreciated the quick soak method. Thanks for another great recipe!
My new favorite recipe!! This is SO good.
Thank you so much for this delicious recipe! This was my first time making black beans from scratch. Now that I know I have a delicious and easy recipe, I won’t delay in making them again.
Love this recipe! This is my go to recipe for black beans, typically as a side dish for tacos, enchiladas, burritos, ext. I’ve made it many time and it freezes well.
This is a fantastic recipe for Mexican instant pot black beans. I tried others that weren’t nearly as good. None of the others have your pre-soak, which I think makes a difference. Also the spices were great. I almost lost it because I didn’t bookmark the first time, after spending hours of searching finally found it again. Thanks for posting.
Glad you enjoyed it!
I realize this was posted a while ago. I can’t get dried beans right now but have canned black beans. Is there a way to tailor the recipe to canned? Just mix the spices in on the stove top maybe? Thanks!
This recipe looks delicious! All I have in my pantry is Habichuelas Rosadas (pink beans). Will they work with this recipe?
Would like to make this tonight, but my 2 year old is not a fan of anything spicy. Do the poblanos add spice or just flavor? Should I omit?
I don’t have an Instant Pot. Can I make these in a slow cooker? How long would I cook them for?
Hi! Just want to verify, is it 1 tablespoon salt and 1 tablespoon pepper, also?or just 1 Tablespoon salt and then pepper to taste? Thanks!
Hello Gina, I have already soaked my black beans should I still do the first step?
These are delicious! I wanted some more spice, so I diced two jalapenos without ribs or seeds, and sauteed them with the poblano and onion. This is very flavorful, and so yummy with rice and sausage! Thanks for an easy, flavorful recipe, Gina!