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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Best Black Beans in the Instant Pot- No pre soaking

No soaking necessary 
Cook black beans without pre-soaking in just 45 minutes in the Instant Pot! This easy black bean recipe comes out super creamy and delicious. We eat it over white or brown rice which I also make in my Instant Pot. (link for how to cook it).

No Soaking of Beans Necessary (but you can)

 I loved that I didn't have to soak the beans the night before- I just made them on the spur of the moment. I know it is hard to believe but your really don't need to soak the beans in advance to get creamy wonderful beans! (If you do want to soak your beans, just adjust the cook time as indicated below).

Two reasons I love making beans in the Instant Pot

  1. For convenience,  I frequently resorted to using canned beans- (which I know can contain toxins in the lining like BPA and other lesser known toxins and the metal from the can which leaks into the beans)  NO MORE!!Making the beans in the Instant Pot is fast, easy , and a last minute thought!
  2.  Cooking dried beans always took so long and didn't always taste creamy enough- my beans came out tasty and perfect in the Instant Pot.

How I made this simple recipe

I used the saute function on the Instant Pot to saute onion, yellow pepper, and garlic for about 5 minutes.

I  added washed black uncooked beans and low salt vegetable broth to the saute mixture, closed and locked the lid and then hit the cancel button. I then pushed the pressure cook or manual setting. ( the 6qt and 8qt have different settings)

I then set the time for 45 minutes !

  I allowed the Instant Pot to cool down naturally as opposed to releasing the steam.

It was so easy and there was no mess, one pot, no splatter- and the stainless steel insert pan was easy to remove very easy to clean. 

When the beans were done, it didn't even look like I had cooked in the kitchen. No mess!!

In addition , it freed up my stove and didn't heat up the kitchen!

If you prefer to soak your beans overnight, simply adjust the cook time to 20 minutes

Judee Algazi @ Gluten Free A-Z Blog
Prep Time: 5 -8  minutes- saute: 5 minutes
Instant Pot Cook Time: 45 minutes ( allow 10 additional minutes for pressure to build) 
or soak beans in advance and cook for just 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

1/2 yellow onion diced large
4 pieces of garlic, diced large
1/2 large yellow or green peppers, diced large
1 16 ounce bag (or box) of dry organic black beans, washed  (Black Beans, Organic - Dry - 1 lb) (affiliate link)
4 cups of low salt vegetable broth
1/2 cup of water
optional: 1 teaspoon of chopped fresh cilantro per serving added when serving
optiional: forget chopping veggies and use a jar of chunky salsa in place of all the onion, green pepper, and garlic..


Add the garlic, onion, and colorful pepper to the bottom of the Instant Pot insert pot and add 1/4 cup of vegetable broth. Turn on the saute button and saute for about 3 minutes (stirring) until soft. Turn off the saute button and add the dry beans  (wash and drain them), the remaining vegetable broth and water. Close the pot, select manual or pressure cook (depends on your model)  and set for 45 minutes. Make sure that your pressure seal is closed. When done, I allowed the steam to release naturally, but if you are in a hurry you could release your steam according to your Instant Pot instructions. When all steam has escaped, remove the lid. 

black beans, avocado, black bean soup

dirty rice, black beans and white rice
My husband likes his black beans with white rice

I ate my beans with some sliced avocado

Looking to Find Out More About An Instant Pot? 

The instant pot comes in different sizes- (3, 6, and 8 quarts)
I like the 6 quart size (I have a 6 and 8 qt size)

It is a perfect holiday gift to buy for yourself or a relative or friend! 

The 6 qt is my favorite ( follow link)

It is really easy to use and you can find tons of  wonderful easy recipes on the Pinterest, blogs, and the Internet

What else do I make? Soup, beans, vegetables, rice, quinoa, - my friends make chicken, meat, eggs, etc. 

Did you know it can also be used as a slow cooker? 
So you would have both in one pot. It comes with a little cookbook to get you started.
                                 You can check it out on Amazon 

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer. (affiliate link) 

I am an affiliate for Amazon and if you click on a link on my site and make a purchase, I will receive a small compensation at no cost to you. This helps me defray the cost of publishing a blog and I thank you for any support . Also, please use your Instant Pot according to your manufacturers instructions.


  1. Thank you so much for the high altitude times you have charted! I am at high altitude as well and almost gave up on this wonderful new cooker because NOTHING came out right. Once I found out altitude is a factor, I’ve been enjoying my new toy that’s amazing that it’s that much difference in time! When I lived at high altitude I never thought I’d be the type of person who cooks her own beans from scratch, but thanks to the Instant Pot, I have officially become that person. That sounds scary! I was nervous to try a pressure cooker for the same reason, but I’ve read that Instant Pots are significantly safer than older models of pressure cookers. I’m wondering what desserts could be made in the Instant Pot. I’ve seen slow-cooker recipes for things like chocolate covered peanut clusters or cakes. Thank you for sharing your article about Instant Pot Black Beans - no pre-soaking. If you interested to know more information please visit http://onedaytop.com/way-lessen-christmas-stress/

    1. I really do love using the Instant Pot.. thanks for stopping by and commenting

  2. I just got a new instant pot as well. I LOVE it! I am so excited to find your recipe for the black beans. Cannot wait to make them!!

    1. I think you will enjoy them - they are creamy and delicious. Let me know if you have any questions

  3. Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Summer Time Fun Linky. Pinned.

  4. This sounds like a great benefit. I've resist the instant pot...so far!

  5. I still have a mental block against my Instant Pot. Have only used it when Instant Pot experts were here to help me. ;-) Love the idea of "instant" beans though!


  6. Look up recipes and get going. It's easy to use and for me, such a time and mess saver.


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