Instant Pot Black Beans

Instant Pot Black Beans

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These Instant Pot black beans are tender, flavorful, and absolutely delicious! Making these black beans from scratch has changed me forever. I’m never going back to the canned stuff!

Instant Pot Black Beans

Healthy Instant Pot Black Beans

If you are looking for a great protein option that doesn’t involve any actual meat, this recipe for Instant Pot black beans works perfectly!

By cooking them in the Instant Pot, the beans cook slowly and tenderize in just under an hour. If I had made these on the stovetop in a pot, it would have taken several hours (and may not have turned out as good!).

If you don’t yet own the Instant Pot, you need it in your life! Click here for the model I recommend.

cooked black beans in an instant pot

It’s also super easy to make! All you need are beans, water, and salt. That’s it!

bag of dry black beans and an instant pot

If you want to infuse the black beans with some more flavor, you can always toss in a few bay leaves or a couple of cloves of garlic. That alone will really amp up the flavor but I sometimes just like to keep this recipe plain and simple.

scooping out some tender black beams from the instant pot

If you don’t love black beans, you can swap them out and try making any of these three beans in the Instant Pot:

black beans in the instant pot

How To Make Black Beans In The Instant Pot

Before you start cooking, make sure to rinse the beans under cold water to clean off anything that was left behind. Unlike traditional stovetop methods, there is no need for soaking.

rinsing dry black beans in a red collender

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After that is done, place the black beans, water, and salt into the Instant Pot. Close the lid and turn the valve to a sealing position.

adding water, salt and dry black beans to instant pot

Press the “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” button and set the time to 45 minutes on high pressure.

When the Instant Pot is done cooking, push the valve to quick release (QR) the steam.

Note: Be careful when doing this step. The steam comes out very hot and quick and can easily burn you. Make sure to wait until all the steam is out before removing the lid.

cooking black beans in the instant pot

Drain the beans and add more salt to taste if needed.

a scoop of cooked black beans

What To Serve With Black Beans

With a simple black bean recipe like this one, there are so many ways you can serve these beans!

I love to make some chicken legs in the air fryer and serve it with a side of black beans and cilantro lime rice cooked in the Instant Pot. It’s so yummy!

instant pot black beans recipe

You can also add the beans to your homemade taco bowls so you feel like you are eating at Chipotle, or add them to this healthy black bean and cheese enchiladas for dinner. The beans work as a protein serving in this vegetarian dish.

Need a low carb option? Serve these black beans with some cauliflower rice!

Instant Pot Black Beans

More Instant Pot Recipes

If you loved these tender black beans in the Instant Pot, check out some of the other Instant Pot recipes I have shared on the blog!

These are some of my current go-to’s:

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Instant Pot Black Beans

These Instant Pot black beans are amazing! Once you try made from scratch black beans, you'll never want to eat the ones from the can! So easy to cook beans with the Instant Pot, no soaking needed!
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: black beans
Cooking Method: Instant Pot
Diet: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 8
Calories: 75kcal


  • 1 lb dry black beans rinsed
  • 6 cups water or chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 2 tsp salt

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  • Put the black beans, water and salt in the Instant Pot. Close the lid and turn the valve to a Sealing position. Press the "Pressure Cook" or "Manual" button and set the time to 45 minutes on High Pressure.
  • When the Instant Pot is done cooking, quick release (QR) the steam. Drain the beans and add more salt to taste if needed.
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Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 591mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 5g | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
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