Black and White Beans in the Instant Pot

Black and White Beans in Instant Pot

Use dried beans for this recipe for black and white beans in the instant pot.  They are healthy, inexpensive and easy to keep in the pantry.  There is no need to soak them beforehand if you are using this cooking method.  It takes just minutes to assemble the ingredients, put them in the pan, and let the instant pot do the work!

Black and White Beans in the Instant Pot

I love to make beans in my instant pot.  If I never used it for anything else it would be worth every penny I paid for that smart appliance just to cook beans.  Instant pot beans always come out tender and delicious. You don’t need to add a lot of ingredients to get a first-rate product.  In fact, you can use just beans, water, and a little salt and achieve excellent results.  The best part is putting the beans in to cook, pushing a button and walking away.  What a great way to cook!

How to Make Black and White Beans Using Your Instant Pot

For this recipe I decided to fancy up the beans a bit.  I started by using both dried black beans and dried white navy beans.  Note to self:  they do not come out black AND white.  I think you would have to cook them separately and mix the cooked beans for that to happen.  They did come out light and dark and tasted delicious!

Begin by sorting and rinsing 2 cups of dried black beans and 2 cups of dried white beans.  By sorting I mean pour out the beans in your hand and look for bad ones to toss out.  I like to rinse them in a bowl and drain them before cooking.

After rinsing, place the beans in the silver pot of your instant pot.  Add a chopped bell pepper, chopped onion, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. pepper, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, 1/4 tsp. red pepper and 1/4 tsp. cumin.  Cover with 8 cups of water.  Add a tablespoon of olive oil and give it a stir.  Place lid (with seal in place) on top.  Set valve on top to sealing position.  Press the “beans” button or set to manual for 35 minutes.  That’s it.

First it takes about 10 minutes for the pressure to build and begin cooking and then it cooks under pressure for 35 minutes.  Next it will beep when the time is up.  Afterwards let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes, then release any remaining pressure by using a large slotted spoon to nudge the valve to the vent position.  After 15 minutes there is not much pressure left.  Take the top off, remove the silver pot, taste and add more salt or pepper if you wish and serve.  Enjoy!

 

How to Use an Instant Pot to Cook

For more detailed directions on using an instant pot pressure cooker see my post about How To Cook Using Your Instant Pot.

 

Ways to Use Beans Cooked in Your Instant Pot

Besides being a great side dish on their own, you can modify the recipe below by adding a large can of diced tomatoes to make black and white bean soup.  Another good use for the beans is to top a salad, baked potato, or spoon it over cornbread.  Black and white beans are also a delicious addition to a quesadilla or even an omelette.  They are a great source of protein so anywhere you use them is good for you.  You can freeze leftovers in individual serving freezer bags for a quick addition to a meal later.

 

Other Instant Pot Recipes to Try

Just click on the links below to try some of our other instant pot recipes.

Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

BBQ Pork in the Instant Pot

Fresh Purple Hull Peas in the Instant Pot

Deviled Eggs in the Instant Pot

Savoy Cabbage in the Instant Pot

 

Black and White Beans in the Instant Pot

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Serves: 10-12
Cooking Time: 1 hour total

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried black beans
  • 2 cups dried navy beans
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1-2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

1

Sort and rinse 2 cups of dried black beans and 2 cups of dried white beans. Place the beans in the silver pot of your instant pot. 

2

Add a chopped bell pepper, chopped onion, 1-2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. pepper, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, 1/4 tsp. red pepper and 1/4 tsp. cumin.

3

Cover with 8 cups of water. 

4

Add a tablespoon of olive oil and give it a stir. 

5

Place lid (with seal in place) on top.  Set valve on top to sealing position. 

6

Press the "beans" button or set to manual for 35 minutes. It will beep when the time is up. 

7

Afterwards let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes, then release any remaining pressure by using a large slotted spoon to nudge the valve to the vent position.

8

Carefully take the top off, remove the silver pot, taste and add more salt or pepper if you wish and serve. 

Notes

Besides being a great side dish on their own, you can modify the recipe by adding a large can of diced tomatoes to make black and white bean soup.  Another good use for the beans is to top a salad, baked potato, or spoon it over cornbread.  Black and white beans are also a delicious addition to a quesadilla or even an omelette.  They are a great source of protein so anywhere you use them is good for you.  You can freeze leftovers in individual serving freezer bags for a quick reheated addition to a meal later.  You can make 1/2 of this recipe just fine using the same directions.

 

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