Pressure Cooker Cuban Black beans

Pressure Cooker Cuban Black Beans

Use that bag of dried black beans for this Cuban Black Bean recipe! The pressure cooker makes them very tender, but they don't turn to mush!

I’m truly amazed by what I’m finding in short supply at the grocery store during this COVID situation. Most Americans simply don’t cook much at home so I expected to find most frozen stuff gone and precooked meals gone. Instead, I found whole sections of flour, sugar, yeast, and dried beans empty! Logically, that means that you (YES YOU) probably have a bag of dried beans in your pantry right now that you don’t know what to do with! Say hello to Pressure Cooker Cuban Black Beans!

These Cuban black beans are deceptive. They look a bit on the plain side when you see them in a bowl with rice, but these are some of the more flavorful beans I’ve ever made. Cooked down with a bacon, onion, and garlic sofrito and seasoned with cinnamon and spices, the beans end up being almost sweet and savory.

While you could, of course, serve these as a side dish, they make a perfectly acceptable main dish on their own. My family ate them over rice with some chips and salsa on the side.

How to make Cuban Black Beans in the pressure cooker

If you have a multi-cooker like an Instant Pot or Crockpot multi-cooker, then this recipe is super easy since you can use the saute feature on those devices to cook the sofrito. If you have an old-school pressure cooker, then make the sofrito separately and combine it in the pressure cooker.

The key to the sofrito for this black beans recipe is to finely dice the bacon, onions, and jalapeno. As it cooks, these ingredients will almost disappear into the beans but the flavor will be really wonderful.

Starting sofrito for Cuban Black Beans

Cook the bacon in olive oil until it’s browned and then add the vegetables. Continue to saute until the veggies are softened and then add the spices. It’ll start smelling good right about now!

Aromatics for Cuban Black Beans

Then add the black beans and the liquids.

TIP: A little splash of orange juice to the cooking liquid gives the beans a great citrus flavor. Don’t skip it!

Adding beans to pressure cooker

Seal your pressure cooker and cook the beans on high pressure for 40 minutes! Then turn off your cooker and let the pressure dissipate naturally for 15 minutes. Then you can vent off any extra pressure manually.

Finished Cuban Black Beans in Pressure Cooker

The Cuban black beans will be tender, but not mushy at all. They will maintain their bean shape and not just fall apart, which is exactly what I want!

Spoon of Cuban Black Beans

I like serve the black beans on a bed of cooked white rice with cilantro, fresh lime, and maybe a dash of hot sauce. They are also great served with chips!

Pressure Cooker Cuban Black Beans

Storage and Reheating Black Beans

The black beans will keep great in the fridge for about 5 days or you can freeze the black beans in an airtight freezer bag for up to three months. For reheating, I recommend reheating the beans over a low, gentle heat with a splash of water.

Pressure Cooker Cuban Black beans

Pressure Cooker Cuban Black Beans

Somewhere in the back of your pantry is a bag of dried black beans just waiting to be used and loved. This Cuban Black Bean recipe is pretty much as easy as beans get and they are SO delicious. The pressure cooker makes them very tender, but they don’t turn to mush like refried beans. They have a great texture and amazing, almost sweet, flavor. I serve them just over rice for a classic comfort food dinner.
3.05 from 41 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Cuban
Servings 8 Servings



  • 4 slices bacon finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 pound dried black beans rinsed and sorted
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • Fresh limes for serving
  • Fresh cilantro for serving
  • Cooked white rice for serving


  • Finely dice bacon and add it to a multicooker (instant pot, crockpot, etc.) on the saute function. Add olive oil and cook until bacon is browned, but not burning, 4-5 minutes.
  • When bacon is cooked, add in onions, jalapeno, and garlic. Continue to cook for 1-2 minutes until veggies start to soften and then stir in all the spices. Continue to cook for a minute.
  • Rinse and drain beans, sorting out any small pebbles that might be in the beans. Add the beans to the pot along with the orange juice and chicken stock.
  • Seal your multicooker for pressure cooking and Place your multicooker on manual high pressure and cook beans for 40 minutes. Then turn off multi-cooker and let the pressure dissipate naturally for 15 minutes. Then manually vent any extra pressure.
  • Open pressure cooker and remove bay leaves and cinnamon stick. Turn pressure cooker to saute and keep black beans warm until ready to serve. Season beans with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve black beans over cooked rice with cilantro, fresh lime, and sliced onions.
  • Leftover black beans keep well in the fridge for 5 days. Reheat over a gentle heat in a pot with a splash of water or in the microwave with some water for 1 minute on high. You can also freeze the black beans in an airtight freezer bag for up to three months.


Serving: 1bowlCalories: 344kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 17gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 541mgPotassium: 1049mgFiber: 10gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 136IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 94mgIron: 4mg
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  1. This is not an authentic Cuban recipe. Cuban recipes don’t include jalapeños. Coriander? Cinnamon? And where is the onion?

    1. One quart of water or 4 cups is not enough for one pound of black beans cuban style. Normally 8 – 10 cups of water is used which will be 2 quarts. Black beans cuban style are not made with bacon, jalapeno, coriander, chili powder, cinnamon stick, orange juice or chicken stock. Some people use cumin but others do not. But sugar a tablespoon or two is usually add. Have been eating them for 64 years. My mom made the best. I use my Instant Pot all the time to do them. Your recipe sounds more Mexican they are suppose to be flavorful not spicy but bit sweet. But I am sure your recipe is a wonderful change up

  2. This recipe is good–how could it not be, with bacon, jalapeno, cumin, etc.–but it appears to be missing a step, which is soaking the beans. One quart of water (plus a little OJ) is not enough liquid for one pound of dried beans, and 15 minutes is not enough cooking time for dry beans.

    1. I absolutely agree. Besides making the beans digestible it seems that the cooking time would not be enough for unsoaked beans. I’ve found that instant pot recipe for unsoaked beans never turn out soft enough…..for me.

  3. Hi T, Not sure where you are looking exactly, but for this recipe you don’t need to soak the beans (although do rinse and sort them). They cook for 40 minutes at high pressure (and 15 minutes naturally releasing pressure) and use a quart of stock. I hope that helps!

    1. Sorry but this definitely is not authentic Cuban black beans as you claim. Maybe changing the title to Cuban black beans with a twist. How we grew up it only included green pepper, onion, garlic, adobo seasoning, garlic powder, salt and 2 bay leaves even though I always leave the bay leaves out. My mom would also add a little vinegar and sugar but everyone who eats my beans loves them so less is better pertaining to ingredients.

      1. Correct. I, too am Cuban, and there’s no jalapenos, bacon, coriander, chili powder or cilantro in authentic Cuban black beans.

  4. I have just taken my first bite of this recipe & had to stop & write – this is DELICIOUS! Don’t know what your haters are going on about – but then again, as a card carrying Irishwoman I wouldn’t know authentic Cuban if it bit me. That being said, I made only one change. I was out of ground coriander (ikr what’s wrong with me?) and substituted … zatar. Listen, it turned out really good! & I will def be making this again! Thanks for the change, and Yum!

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