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Instant Pot Black Beans

Flavorful black beans go from DRY to TABLE in about an hour with this easy Instant Pot Black Bean recipe.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Basil and Bubbly


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 lb black beans dry
  • 3 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 pickled jalapeno rings chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder OR 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt optional ( may or may not be needed based on how salty your broth is )


  • Remove the lid from your Instant Pot and press the Sauté button. Once the display says "HOT", add the olive oil to the insert inside the pot and then stir in the chopped onion. Sauté the onion for 8 minutes.
  • Add the remaining ingredients EXCEPT for the salt to the pot and stir to combine. If you are thinking about ignoring this instruction to leave out the salt, please read the note at the bottom of the recipe.
  • Place the lid on your Instant Pot, turn it to lock, and move the pressure release valve to "Sealing" position.
  • Press "Pressure Cook", and set the timer for 30 minutes. The timer will not start until the pot has come to pressure.
  • Once the timer has ended and the machine has automatically switched to the Warm function, let the Instant Pot sit for 20 minutes undisturbed. This is called a Natural Pressure Release. After those 20 minutes are up, carefully move the pressure release valve to the Venting position and let any remaining pressure release.
  • Once all built up pressure is out of the pot and the float valve has dropped ( which indicated the pressure is released ), open the pot , stir in the salt with the beans, and serve!


It is believed that cooking beans with salt will hinder the cooking process, leaving your beans hard inside unless you increase the cooking time. Given this, just follow the dang directions and don't at the salt until they are finished cooking.