Black Beans Galore
It’s such a treat to have fresh black beans available for making soups, like this Black Bean Soup (pictured below). But also adding to salsa, salads and main courses like tacos, enchiladas, or breakfast Huevos Rancheros.
Although you can make beans on your stovetop, one of the easiest ways is to make pressure cooker black beans. My favorite pressure cooker is the Instant Pot.
This black bean pressure cooker recipe is simple. A lot of recipes suggest you soak the beans first, but I didn’t do that and they turned out perfectly soft.
Though, if you’re making them on the stovetop (see below), soaking overnight or 8-10 hours, or using the quick soak method (see below) is probably better.
This basic pressure cooker recipe is made with a few cloves of garlic, a couple of bay leaves and water. You can add vegetable stock, but make sure it’s unsalted. And, don’t add ANY salt while you’re cooking them as they will not cook as well and may be tougher.
Blacks beans are versatile. Try them in these different recipes:
- Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Cream
- Black Bean Brownies
- Black Bean, Beet Burger
- Black Bean Sweet Potato Quesadilla
Every pressure cooker will vary, but I found 20 minutes on high in the Instant Pot was perfect. Do not fill yours more than half way with ingredients.
Try this delicious Black Bean Soup the next time you make black beans.
To quick soak:
Rinse the beans, then add them to a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes, then turn off the heat and let them sit for 1 hour. Then rinse and cook as you would.
With water to cover, soak and drain the beans either 8-10 hours or with the quick soaking method above. Add your soaked beans to a large pot along with a couple of bay leaves, 1-2 cloves of rough-chopped garlic cloves and 1/2 chopped onion.
Cover with about 2 inches of water or a combination of water and unsalted vegetable stock (8-10 cups) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
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This recipe is Certified Plantricious because it meets the following guidelines.
The Trusted Seal for
- Must be whole food plant-based, contains no animal products
- May be minimally processed
- No added oil
- No added sugars
- No artificial additives or preservatives
- Sodium (mg) to Calories ratio, 1 ≤ 1
- Total Fiber to Calories, 2g ≥ 100 calories
Pressure Cooker Black Beans
- 1 16 oz bag dried black beans picked over and rinsed
- 7 cups water or 1/2 water and 1/2 vegetable stock
- 1/2 onion peeled and chopped
- 2-3 cloves garlic crushed
- 2 bay leaves
- After picking over and rinsing the black beans, add them to the pot of your pressure cooker. (You can also soak them overnight or 6-8 hours earlier in the day. See step 4)
- Add 7 cups water (to about 2 " over the beans) or a combination of water and vegetable stock, chopped onion, the crushed garlic, and bay leaves.
- Cover and set your pressure cooker on high for 25-30 minutes. Let the beans sit after the timer goes off for about 10-15 minutes and then release the rest of the pressure. (Note: if you soak them, cook for 20 minutes)
- If you prefer an even quicker method, soak your beans overnight, 6-8 hours, or quick soak and then add to your pressure cooker. They will cook in about 20 minutes if you do this. (See step 5 for the quick soak method.)
- Quick Soak method: Boil 8 cups water in a large pot. Add the beans and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the stove and let sit for an hour. Then proceed with the recipe (10 minutes cook time.)
- If you don't use an Instant Pot, you can make these in a traditional pressure cooker as well.
- Cover soaked bean with 2" of liquid.
- Cover with lid and lock into place,. Bring to high pressure.
- Lower heat to maintain pressure and start timing.
- Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes.
- Let rest for 5 minutes after removing from heat. Release the steam carefully.