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Cuban Black Beans in brown bowl

Instant Pot Cuban Black Beans

Instant Pot Cuban Black Beans are mostly authentic and so delicious! These super flavorful pressure cooker Cuban black beans are great as a side dish, or serve with rice for a main dish.

Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine Cuban
Keyword pressure cooker Cuban black beans recipe
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 17 minutes
Servings 8 - 10
Calories 311 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 1 lb Black Beans, unsoaked, rinsed
  • 1 lg Yellow Onion, whole
  • 2 Jalapeños, deseeded
  • 10 cloves Garlic, leave whole
  • 2 Bell Peppers, 1 green and 1 red, whole
  • 1 strip Kombu (optional)
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 3"-5" Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 3-4 cups Chicken Broth*, low sodium (or veggie broth)

To Finish

  • 2 tsp Kosher Salt (or more to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil


  1. Prepare the vegetables:

    Peel the onion, but leave it whole. Cut the jalapeños in half and scrape out the seeds. Peel the garlic and leave the cloves whole. Cut the tops off of the bell peppers and shake out the seeds. Leave them uncut.

  2. Add the beans, kombu, onion, jalapeños, garlic, bell peppers, oregano, cumin, cinnamon, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, and chicken broth to the inner liner pot of the pressure cooker. Make sure the beans are submerged.

  3. Close the lid and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.

  4. Press the Pressure Cook/Manual button or dial, then the +/- button or dial to select 25 minutes. High Pressure. The pot will take several minutes to come to pressure.

  5. When the cook cycle has finished, turn off the pot and let it sit undisturbed for 15 minutes (15 minute natural release). Then turn the steam release knob to the Venting position to release the remaining steam/pressure.

  6. When the pin in the lid drops back down, open the lid.

  7. Remove the kombu, cinnamon stick, and bay leaves. Discard.

  8. Spoon out the onion, jalapeños, garlic and bell peppers. Put them into a blender, along with about 1/4 cup of the beans and 1/4 cup of the liquid from the pot.

  9. Blend until smooth. Pour mixture into the pot and stir.

  10. Add the salt, sugar, and olive oil. Stir.

  11. Close the lid and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position. Set cook time for 10 minutes, high pressure. Let naturally release for 10 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure.

  12. Serve hot, over rice or alone.

Recipe Notes

*3-4 cups, depending on how "soupy" you like your beans.