We make this black bean recipe all the time. They go great as a side dish to Picadillo or topping for Crab Tacos or if you prepare them a little differently as a delicious black bean soup. However, canned black beans are not as flavorful and most of the time not as healthy, and making them from scratch doesn’t have to be a lengthy process if using Instant Pot or any other pressure cooker.
We usually make an entire pound of dried beans at the time since they last in the fridge for a long time and can be paired with many other dishes. The main objective when making beans from scratch is to soak them for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight, discard the water they were soaked in and rinse them out well. If you are in a bind and don’t have time to soak the beans you can boil them in water for a couple of minutes, then discard that water rinse them, and then cook per recipe.
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1 lb. dried black beans
1 medium onion, diced
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 jalapeño, diced
2 bay leaves
2 tbsp. cumin
2 tbsp. chili powder
2 tbsp. oregano
1 tbsp. pepper
salt to taste, beans need a lot of salt
1 cup of water
Step 1: Soak the beans in water overnight. Make sure the water covers the beans and if they soak up all the water add more. When ready to cook, drain and rinse the beans.
Step 2: Turn the Instant Pot on beans, add olive oil and cook onions, jalapeños, and garlic until onions are nice and translucent. The instant pot gets hot quickly.
Step 3: Add beans, all the spices, and the water. If you would like this served more as a soup add 2 more cups of water.
Step 4: Close the instant pot, let it pressurize, and cook for 20 minutes.
Step 5: Once the time is up, let the pressure cooker depressurize naturally if you have time.
Step 6: Once you depressurize the pressure cooker, carefully open the lid and taste the beans to make sure they are cooked. You can always add more time if needed or more seasonings to satisfy your taste buds.
Step 7: You can serve the beans with green onions, cilantro, avocado, jalapeños, or any other toppings you may like.
Step 8: Bon Appétit!