Instant Pot Black Beans

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My Instant Pot Black Beans is full of flavor and it makes the perfect meal with rice or filling for a burrito or taco. It is so easy to prepare a big pot of tasty Instant Pot black beans requiring little attention.

Instant Pot Black Beans


Instant Pot Black Beans in a measuring cup

Recently, I made Instant Pot Pinto Beans and it was so amazing, I was motivated to make this Instant Pot Black Beans recipe after a reader said she made my Instant Pot Pinto Beans with black beans instead and how delicious it tasted.

With a little variation, this Instant Pot Black Beans was so amazing, It tasted delicious with Baked Plantains and the next time I plan to eat it with my Skillet Cornbread.y and

I'm so excited to share with you how to cook black beans in an Instant Pot. it is so easy and the Instant Pot is mostly a hands-free appliance.

Health Benefits Of Black Beans

Dried black beans are very affordable, a great source of protein, high in fiber and minerals. One cup serving of black beans contains 227 calories. For more nutritional benefits check out Dr. Axe article.

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How To Cook Instant Pot Black Beans

This version of Instant Pot Black Beans is done with or without pre-soaking the black beans.

I prefer to make my beans with a Caribbean style of flavors, using thyme, coconut milk, and allspice. The result is the tastiest beans you will ever eat.

How To Soak Beans

If you prefer to soak your black beans then place dried black beans on a cutting board, remove and discard debris, broken beans and rinse beans in a colander. Transfer black beans to a large bowl, add clean water to cover to about 3 inches above beans and allow to soak for 8 hours to overnight.

The following day,  rinse beans, drain and now your beans are ready to cook.

Instant Pot Black Beans Served With Plantains Avocado and Tomatoes

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171 kcal / 715 kJ
4 g
9 g
27 g
Per portion

Cooking Time

1 h 5 min
Ready in:
1 h 5 min
12 Servings



  1. Turn Instant Pot to sauté setting and add oil into the pot. Add onion, garlic, red bell pepper, thyme, Italian seasoning, allspice, cayenne pepper, vegetable bouillon. Cook stirring until onion is soft and fragrant.
  2. Add black beans, water, coconut milk. Place cover on Instant Pot, turn the lid to the closed position and set the timer for 45 minutes if unsoaked or 30 minutes of black beans are presoaked. Allow pressure to release naturally for 20 minutes.


Instant Pot Black Beans with plantains

Michelle Blackwood

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Philly
    October 7, 2019

    Do you add less water in pot when beans are soaked …made this before and it taste great but I didn’t soak the beans.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      October 7, 2019

      Yes, you want to add less water.

      • Vikki
        October 27, 2019

        How much water would you do, if soaked? I’ve never done beans, but plan on soaking.

        • Michelle Blackwood
          October 27, 2019

          Vikki remove the grits, dirt, broken beans and discard, rinse beans and add cold water to be about 1 cup beans to 5 cups of cold water enough to give beans room for when the beans swell.

  2. Monica H.
    August 7, 2019

    You knocked it out of the park again with this recipe! I was specifically looking for an Instapot recipe for black beans, and have made several of your delicious dishes before. So decided to give this a try, even though I am not a fan of all spice flavoring. Only modification I did was half the amount of all spice, and these have to be the best black beans I have EVER tasted! These will be a staple in our home!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      August 7, 2019

      Monica, I’m so happy you gave my recipe a try and it turned out great. Thank you for your feedback, I understand your take on allspice, it is a secret weapon in this recipe.

  3. Allison
    November 7, 2018

    Hi Michelle, this recipe looks great! I would like to cook it on the stovetop instead of in the Instapot. Any suggestions as to how long it should cook? Thanks so much!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      November 7, 2018

      Allison that’s fine, soak the beans overnight. The following day, drain and rinse beans. Add water about 2 inches above beans, bring to boil, reduce to simmer and cook until tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Follow the other instructions.

      • Allison
        November 14, 2018

        Thanks Michelle! I made this tonight and it was a hit. Thank you for your delicious recipe, as well as your quick feedback. I also made the plantains. Amazing! It worked out just fine without the instapot; just took a bit longer.

        • Michelle Blackwood
          November 14, 2018

          I’m happy it turned out well for you and you enjoyed the black beans and plantains. Thank you so much for your feedback.

    • Allison
      November 14, 2018

      Thank you Michelle! I made them, along with your plaintain recipe, and they’re delicious!

  4. Philly
    August 17, 2018

    1/4 cup cayenne?

  5. Philly
    August 17, 2018

    Going to make this right now..two instant pot recipe in like a week this is great…thanks … just making sure 1/4 cup of allspice …is that right

    • Michelle Blackwood
      August 17, 2018

      Philly, its 1/4 teaspoon of allspice and cayenne pepper. I’m so sorry I edited the recipe.