Instant-Pot Black Beans


These creamy Instant Pot black beans are perfectly cooked and ready to be added to tacos, burritos, salads or whatever recipe you have on hand that calls for black beans. Cooking the beans with shallot, garlic and bay leaves adds flavor, making them taste better than canned; using the Instant Pot makes them almost as easy.

Instant Pot Black Beans
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Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins


  • 3 cups water

  • 1 cup dried black beans, rinsed

  • 1 medium shallot, unpeeled, halved lengthwise

  • 4 medium cloves garlic, smashed

  • 1 bay leaf

  • ¾ teaspoon salt


  1. Combine water, beans, shallot, garlic, bay leaf and salt in a programmable pressure multicooker (such as Instant Pot; times, instructions and settings may vary according to cooker brand or model). Cover and lock the lid in place. Turn steam release handle to Sealing position. Select Manual/Pressure Cook setting. Select High pressure for 30 minutes. (It will take 10 to 15 minutes for the cooker to come up to pressure before cooking begins.)

  2. Let the pressure release naturally (the float valve will drop; this will take about 20 minutes). Remove the lid.

  3. Remove and discard the shallot and bay leaf. Drain the beans, discarding the cooking liquid, before serving.

To make ahead

Refrigerate cooked beans in cooking liquid in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

113 Calories
1g Fat
21g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 1/3 cup
Calories 113
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 7g 14%
Total Fat 1g 1%
Vitamin A 6IU 0%
Vitamin C 1mg 1%
Folate 144mcg 36%
Vitamin K 2mcg 2%
Sodium 293mg 13%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 56mg 13%
Potassium 488mg 10%
Zinc 1mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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