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instant pot black beans using soaked beans

Instant Pot Black Beans Using Soaked Dry Black Beans

Easy recipe to cook soaked (dry beans) black beans in instant pot for tacos, burritos, burgers, curry etc with water to beans ratio explained.
Update: adding seasonings to further enhance the flavor of cooked black beans. This is optional as you may skip them and you can use the plain salted cooked beans in any recipes that calls for black beans as you wish.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword instant pot black beans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
pressure build up and release time 25 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 176kcal


  • instant pot


  • 2 cups dry black beans
  • 4 cups water
  • salt as needed
  • extra water as needed for soaking the beans
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

for seasoning (optional)

  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves chopped
  • 1 onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeds removed and sliced thinly
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • Wash the black beans and soak in enough water for about 5 to 6 hours. (If you are not cooking immediately, drain the water and save it in refrigerator for later use).
  • After soaking, drain the excess water and rinse the beans in fresh water again for 2 to 3 times.
  • Transfer the black beans to the inner pot of instant pot.
  • Add 4 cups of water, onion powder and garlic powder, mix well and close the instant pot with lid in sealing position.
  • Press the manual button and cook for 7 minutes in high pressure. If you want to cook the beans very soft so you can mash them with a spoon you will need to cook for a couple of minutes more, so I recommend cooking for about 10 minutes, however to be used in tacos, burritos or curry, you do not need extra soft beans so you can cook them for just 7 minutes).
  • Once the cooking is done, the instant pot will beep so you will have to wait until then. Once the instant pot beeps, press the 'keep warm/cancel' button and wait for the instant pot to naturally release the pressure or you may do a careful manual pressure release after about 15 minutes of natural pressure release.
  • Once the pressure is all, carefully open the lid by turning it to the venting position.
  • Drain the extra water from the cooked black beans, you can either discard the water or you can use it as a healthy vegetarian/vegan bean broth which can be used in soup recipes, curry recipes etc.
  • Once the water is all drained, add enough salt and all seasonings (finely chopped onion, cilantro leaves, jalapeno and lemon juice) if you wish, and mix well. Or if you do not want to use the seasoning, just mix with enough salt and the black beans is ready to be used in any recipes that call for cooked black beans!


Note that the total time mentioned below doesn't include the soaking time for the dry beans.


Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 753mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 3mg