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Instant Pot Black Beans

These Instant Pot black beans are super easy to make and take very little time. They are a delicious main part of the meal or side dish for any family dinner.

Convenience of Instant Pot Cooking

Instant pot black beans in a rice bowl with corn, avocado, salsa, and cilantro

You’ll love how quickly you can cook these yummy beans in your Instant Pot. In fact, I think it’s just as easy to make them this way as it is to open a can.

In the past, when I wanted beans, I had to soak them overnight and then cook them all day. Or buy cans of cooked beans.

Although I like canned beans, there’s something satisfying about cooking them from their dried state.

Sometimes I like to add a lot of seasonings to my beans, but this time, I kept it simple. I wanted to have leftovers to eat a couple of different ways.

Black beans are delicious to serve with any type of rice. You can also season them however you like.

Benefits of Black Beans

According to Medical News Today, black beans are packed with minerals that help strengthen the bones.

They’re also good for helping to manage blood pressure and heart disease as well as other health conditions.

Another benefit of beans is their ability to help fight inflammation, according to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network. They contain quite a bit of fiber and protein that will keep you healthy and feeling great.

Ingredients in Instant Pot Black Beans

As I already mentioned, I wanted just some basic black beans. For that reason, I only used dried beans, garlic, and seasoned salt.

And of course, I added water. You can also use chicken stock or bone broth to add even more flavor.

You’ll see the precise measurements in the printable recipe card below.

Black beans, seasoned salt, and minced garlic

How to Make Instant Pot Black Beans

The ease of making these beans will blow your mind. All you have to do is put everything into the pot, put the lid on top, and turn it on. The Instant Pot does all the work for you.

For the exact measurements of all of the ingredients and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can print out the card by clicking on the “print” button.

Start by rinsing the beans in a colander.

Rinsing beans in a colander

Then pour them into the Instant Pot.

Spread them out over the bottom.

Black beans in the pot with water

Pour the water over the beans.

I like to give the beans and water a quick stir.

Pouring water into pot of black beans

Next, add the garlic.

I used minced garlic from a jar, but you can use fresh garlic if you prefer.

Adding minced garlic to the pot

Add seasoned salt.

Or if you like, you may use regular table salt instead of seasoned salt.

Sprinkling seasoned salt

You can add other seasonings if you want, and now is the time to do it.

Put the lid on the pot. Make sure the valve is set to seal and set it on manual (pressure-cooking) for 30 minutes.

Setting the timer on the Instant Pot

After the beans are done, allow the pressure to release on its own for 10 minutes. Then release the valve.

Stand back for a couple of minutes until all of the pressure leaves the pot.

Finally, open the pot and give the beans a stir. Now you have cooked black beans that you can eat alone or add to a recipe.

Spoon of cooked black beans

How We Like to Eat Black Beans

I often add black beans to soups and stews. We also like this black bean rice bowl with corn, salsa, and sliced avocado.

Black beans with rice, corn, avocados, tomatoes, and salsa

Sometimes for lunch, I enjoy the simplicity of black beans on rice with a side salad.

Black beans on rice with cilantro on top

More Great Recipes

All of the recipes I share are easy and require very little time in the kitchen.

Although I enjoy cooking, I don’t like too many steps. For that reason, I’ve come up with quite a few.

I made this Crockpot sausage and black beans recipe from canned beans. However, if you make Instant Pot black beans, you can set some aside for this recipe.

Something my husband and I enjoy is this Instant Pot turkey chili. I make it with beans, but you can make it without them if you like.

One of our favorite desserts is this pineapple upside down cake that I make in a rice cooker.

If you enjoy discovering new recipes, check out Meal Plan Monday at Julia’s Simply Southern, Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage, and Weekend Potluck at South Your Mouth.

Yield: 10 servings

Instant Pot Black Beans

Rice bowl with vegetables and a side of chips

Instant Pot black beans are as versatile and delicious as they are easy to cook.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • One 32-oz. bag of dried black beans
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of seasoned salt (more if you like a lot of salt)
  • 8 cups of water


    1. Put all of the ingredients in your Instant Pot.
    2. Put the lid on the pot. Make sure the pressure valve in on “seal.”
    3. Set the pot to high pressure for 30 minutes.
    4. After the pot finishes cooking the beans, allow the pressure to slowly release on its own for 10 minutes.
    5. Carefully push the pressure release. Wait for all of the steam to escape before you remove the lid.
    6. Remove the lid, stir the black beans, and enjoy them alone or in your favorite recipe.


You may add any seasonings you like to the Instant Pot or wait until after the beans are cooked.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 310Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 164mgCarbohydrates 57gFiber 14gSugar 2gProtein 20g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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