Meal Prep: Pressure Cooker Mexican Black Beans

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Rated 5.0 based on 8 customer reviews
Meal Prep: Pressure Cooker Mexican Black Beans
Meal Prep: Pressure Cooker Mexican Black Beans


  • 1 pound dried black beans, rinsed and soaked in water overnight
  • ½ white onion, chopped
  • 4 cups water, or as needed
  • salt to taste


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  1. Drain beans and place inside pressure cooker; add onion.
  2. Pour enough water into the pot to cover by 2 inches.
  3. Lock pressure cooker lid in place and set steam vent to Sealing.
  4. Select Pressure Cook (Manual) and cook for 60 minutes on High.
  5. Once the cooking cycle has completed, allow pressure to release naturally.
  6. Set pressure cooker to Sauté on Low.
  7. Season beans with salt; bring to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 30 minutes. We suggest seasoning slowly, though do note that beans do require quite a bit of salt.
  8. Serve right away with toppings of choice or store refrigerated for up to 4 days. Also note that beans freeze very well.
Mealthy tip:

Feel free to use these beans for refried beans! Drain them well, mash them up and fry for 10 to 15 minutes with olive oil (or traditionally with lard). Black beans are classified as legumes. They are also known as "turtle beans" because of their shell-like appearance.


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Caro Hodgin says:

perfect, simple black beans. i love making beans in my pressure cooker and am always looking for the best recipes to make perfect, soft, but not overcooked beans. this is a great one.

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Greg Jones says:

I love black beans and I really enjoyed them in this quick and easy pressure cooker recipe. I couldn't figure out what was missing with all the other recipes I've tried, and it's the onion! Adds so much flavor to this side dish.

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Jake Findlay says:

I added in a little cilantro but was so happy with the recipe and that the right amount of time was given. I've definitely over/undercooked black beans before. Used as a side for taco night! Love that this can be done so quickly in a pressure cooker!

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Cara Larson says:

These are so good! Made these for the third time tonight and they have been delish every time. I plan to add some garlic next time.

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Erin Hudson says:

Really easy and fulfilling dish. I added in some diced chicken and topped with diced red onions and cotija cheese.

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Pinney Stern says:

This recipe turned out the best black beans I’ve ever had; if I got these at a restaurant I’d go back for more. Yummm Truly five star and easy too.

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Nemo Neo says:

I love freshly cooked black beans. I also like to add some Epazote leaves to it.

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Alli Shircliff says:

Super easy to make and what a time saver. I usually soak my beans overnight and then cook them in the slow cooker all day. I was short on time today, so looked up how to make beans quickly. So glad I found this recipe and that I have a Mealthy Multipot so I can pressure cook everything!