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Instant Pot Black Beans

Man you gotta love the instant pot! Cooking dried beans takes FOREVER but these in the instant pot took 30 minutes - top that! Ok, there was an hour of soaking time beforehand but how hard is it to dump some beans in a bowl of water while you go about your daily business? Now I don’t eat a lot of legumes but sometimes it’s just nice to switch up the protein sources from animal to vegetable. Beans are cost-efficient and incredibly rich in nutrients like fiber, protein, iron, calcium and magnesium just to name a few. Plus, I love another version of a taco salad!

Instant Pot Black Beans


2 cups dry black beans

2 celery ribs

1 small yellow onion

3-4 cloves garlic

4 cups vegetable broth

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

fresh ground pepper to taste


1. Rinse black beans, drain and pour into a bowl. Cover with water and let soak for about 1 hour.

2. Chop celery, yellow onion & garlic.

3. Set instant pot to saute mode. Add olive oil, yellow onion, celery, garlic, and all seasonings. Cook until lightly browned.

4. Rinse and drain black beans thoroughly, then add to pot along with vegetable broth. Place lid on the instant pot, turn the lid to the locked position, then set to seal (it should beep when it's properly locked). Place in manual mode for 30 minutes.

Now I prefer to drain the beans before I eat them but it can also be served more like a soup. Depending on the time of day, you might add a clean margarita on the know I would! Garnish with red onion, cilantro and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt for some serious deliciousness. It should keep in the refrigerator up to a week or store in a glass jar in the freezer for later.


Simply Sarah is about making simple changes in our habits to live a happier, healthier life. Food and fitness go hand-in-hand and my goal is to help you find that balance. I strongly believe you are what you continually do and never so much as with how you take care of your body both inside and out. I want to show you that there is a difference between having a diet and being on a diet (clearly you know the one I support!). Want a more personalized food plan and workout schedule? Drop me a message for information on my monthly challenge groups!

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