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Instant Pot Cuban Black Beans

Instant Pot Cuban Black Beans are easy to make and full of flavor. Pair them with rice and enjoy them as a healthy vegan dinner or with eggs and indulge in a delicious vegetarian breakfast.

Categories Clean Eating, Healthy, High-Protein, Instant Pot, Meal Prep, Side Dish
Difficulty Easy
Keyword instant pot black beans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Release pressure 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 278 kcal
Author Lacey Baier


  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 3 cloves garlic (about 1 tablespoon), minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 lb dried back beans
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Optional for serving: jalapeno, red onion, cilantro


  1. Rinse and drain the beans and pick out any stones or bad, cracked-looking beans. Set aside.
  2. Set the Instant Pot to SAUTE and add the olive oil. Once the oil is hot and shimmering, add the onion, bell pepper, and salt. Cook until the vegetables soften, about 4 to 6 minutes.
  3. Stir in the cumin, oregano, and garlic and cook until the spices are very fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  4. Add the tomato paste and stir to combine.
  5. Add the beans and water, and stir.
  6. Cover and seal the Instant Pot. Cook on HIGH pressure for 35 minutes.
  7. When the timer goes off, allow the steam to release naturally for 20 additional minutes. Remove the lid.
  8. Remove the bay leaf and discard it. Enjoy warm or let cool completely and store in individual containers.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Cuban Black Beans
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 278 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 419mg17%
Potassium 1199mg34%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 12g48%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Vitamin C 17.4mg21%
Calcium 101mg10%
Iron 3.9mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.