The Ultimate Guide to Perfect Instant Pot Black Beans

Why Instant Pot Black Beans?

  • Creamy and flavorful: Unlike mushy canned beans, these black beans are firm yet tender and creamy inside.
  • Customizable: Add your favorite spices and ingredients to create your own unique blend.
  • Economical:

    Black beans are affordable and nutritious, making them a great value.

How Long Does it Take?

  • Pressure cook: 35 minutes
  • Natural release: 20 minutes

  • Total time: Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes

Bean-to-Water Ratio

  • 1:3 ratio (1 pound beans to 3 cups water)

  • This ratio yields perfectly cooked beans that absorb nearly all the liquid.


  • 1 pound dried black beans
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups water


  1. Rinse and drain the beans, removing any stones or bad beans.
  2. Sauté the onion and bell pepper in olive oil until softened.
  3. Stir in the cumin, oregano, bay leaves, and garlic.
  4. Add the beans and water to the pot.
  5. Cook on HIGH pressure for 35 minutes.

  6. Perform a natural pressure release for 20 minutes.
  7. Remove the bay leaves and enjoy!

Meal Prep Tips

  • Freeze black beans in portion-sized containers for easy meals on demand.
  • Use black beans in burritos, scrambles, toast, with rice, and in soups.

Tips and Tricks

  • Make it your own by adding different spices or herbs.

  • Don’t skip rinsing the beans to remove dirt and debris.
  • Allow the beans to release pressure naturally for optimal softness.
  • If beans don’t soften, check for old beans, insufficient water, or acidic ingredients.


Hi! I’m Debbi!

I am no chef, I am just a mom who loves to eat good food. I enjoy making healthy, low calorie meals without compromising taste. It’s not all healthy here but I do try!


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