Authentic Instant Pot Cuban Black Beans

Instant Pot Cuban Black Beans are a zesty spin on the traditional black bean recipe! This vegetarian instant pot recipe is made using dried beans, so it’s very affordable, too!

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Pressure Cooker Cuban Black Beans

Cuban black beans are made with onion, bell pepper, garlic, spices, and red wine vinegar. The combination of flavors dances off your tongue and makes these black beans anything but ordinary. 

How to make instant pot cuban black beans?

  1. Start by heating olive oil using the sauté function on your electric pressure cooker.
  2. Mix in diced onions and bell peppers. Diced onions and bell peppers inside of an instant pot.
  3. Cook until soft.
  4. Mix in minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  5. Pour in 3 cups water and deglaze the bottom of the pot. 
  6. Stir in black beans, vegetable stock, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, cumin, oregano, and a bay leaf.
  7. Cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. 
  8. Natural pressure release for 10 minutes and then quick release the remaining pressure. 
  9. Remove one cup of the cooked cuban black beans and mash them up. You can use a fork or potato masher. A ladle full of beans being scooped out of a metal pot.
  10. Mix the mashed beans back into the pot. 
  11. Serve and enjoy!

How long to homemade black beans stay fresh?

Cooked black beans will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. They should be cooled fully and then stored in an air-tight container in the fridge. 

If you plan on eating them after the 3 to 5 day timeline, we recommend freezing them and then defrosting them in the fridge overnight.

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How to serve cuban black beans?

These easy cuban black beans make a perfect meal when served over white or yellow rice and topped with diced tomatoes, onions, and cilantro. All of the flavors from the vegetables and spices really make it a complete meal. 

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Instant Pot Cuban Black Beans Recipe

Instant Pot Cuban Black Beans are a zesty spin on the traditional black bean recipe! This vegetarian instant pot recipe is made using dried beans, so it's very affordable, too!

Course Main Dish Recipes
Cuisine Cuban
Keyword instant pot cuban black beans, pressure cooker cuban black beans
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 29 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 59 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Calories 156 kcal
Author Aileen Clark

Ingredients

  • 1 green bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 16-ounce package dry black beans, sorted and rinsed
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf

Instructions

  1. Press the saute button on your instant pot. Wait for the screen to say "hot".
  2. Add the olive oil, bell pepper, and onion to the instant pot.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to soften. About 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in the minced garlic and cook until fragrant. About 1 minute.
  5. Pour in the water and deglaze the bottom of the pot, scraping up any bits of food that may have stuck to the bottom.
  6. Press the cancel button on your instant pot.
  7. Mix in the black beans, vegetable stock, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, oregano, cumin, and bay leaf.
  8. Close the lid and set the pressure release valve to "sealing".
  9. Press the manual or pressure cook button and set to 25 minutes on high pressure.
  10. Once cooking is completed, all the pressure to naturally release for at least 10 minutes.
  11. Quick release any remaining pressure.
  12. Remove one cup of beans and mash them up with a fork or potato masher.
  13. Mix the mashed beans back into the remaining cuban black beans.
  14. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Serve over yellow or white rice and topped with diced onion, diced tomatoes, and chopped cilantro.

Cooked cuban black beans will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. They should be fully cooled before refrigerating and stored in an air-tight container.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Cuban Black Beans Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 156 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Sodium 1047mg46%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 8g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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