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Instant Pot Black Beans

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These Instant Pot Black Beans are one of our favorite things to make when we don’t feel like cooking. If we know we’re burnt out, we’ll make them ahead, like on a Sunday night for the week ahead. Or when we have time for very hands-off cooking (these take about 50 minutes start to finish when you account for the pressure cooker coming to pressure and naturally releasing), we can make these the night of without feeling like we’ve stretched all that much.

Once you have these babies cooked and ready to go, you can serve them with rice and avocado to make a simple bowl meal, on tostadas, in super simple tacos, alongside scrambled eggs, in quesadillas, with chips, tossed into a salad… the barely-cook possibilities are endless.

Even though this recipe says that it serves eight, we highly recommend that you make the full amount using a whole 16-ounce bag of dried beans. Leftovers will store well in the fridge for three to five days, or in the freezer three to five months.

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Instant Pot Black Beans and how to use them up! | Didn't I Just Feed You

Instant Pot Black Beans


  • Author: Didn’t I Just Feed You
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 50
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings

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Once you have these babies cooked and ready to go, you can serve them with rice and avocado to make a simple bowl meal, on tostadas, in super simple tacos, alongside scrambled eggs, in quesadillas, with chips, tossed into a salad… the barely-cook possibilities are endless.


Ingredients

2 cups dried black beans (1 16-ounce bag)

2 whole cloves garlic, lightly smashed

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 teaspoons salt

1 bay leaf


Instructions

  1. Rinse and sort the beans to pick out any rocks, wrinkled or broken beans. Add them to the insert of your Instant Pot along with 8 cups of water, the garlic, oil, salt, and bay leaf.
  2. Cover your Instant Pot and turn valve to pressure. Set to pressure cook on high for 22 minutes.
  3. Once the cooking time is done, allow the pressure to release naturally. If using all of the beans immediately, strain them. Otherwise, use a slotted spoon to portion out any beans you plan to use immediately, and store the rest with enough cooking liquid to cover them in a tightly sealed food storage container. They will last in the fridge for 3 to 5 days, or in the freezer for 3 to 5 months. (If storing in the freezer, be sure to use a freezer-safe container and leave room for expansion.) 

Notes

Keep in mind that these only need 22 minutes of cooking time, but the pressure cooker takes several minutes to come up to pressure and natural release can take another 20 minutes.

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