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"I Could Have Lied" Cuban Black Beans {Instant Pot Recipe}

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Cuban black beans are my favorite style of beans to eat. These taste as good as they look and make for a great festive or everyday side dish.

The color and deep flavor make these a standout. The instant pot brings a high level of convenience making these an easy recipe to cook.

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The beans have a lot going on but the different flavors all balance wonderfully. They hit hard on taste but are delicate on texture. Did I forget to mention these Cuban black beans are also vegan. I could have lied about this fact so you wouldn't automatically discount the recipe, but I'll never lie to you.

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Cuban Black Beans Ingredients

  • Dry Black Beans
  • Vegetable Broth
  • Water
  • Bell Pepper
  • White Onions
  • Garlic cloves
  • Paprika
  • Cumin
  • Dried oregano
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Bay leaf
  • Orange Zest
  • White Onion 
  • Garlic cloves
  • Orange juice
  • Fresh oregano

How To Make Black Beans The Cuban Way

On the surface, you cook Cuban black beans like you would most types of black beans recipes. However, these have some flare to them thanks to the sofrito as well as my own touch with the orange juice.

Prepare the Beans

It's not required to soak the beans if you're cooking via instant pot but it's a habit for me and doesn't hurt so go ahead and soak overnight.

Pre-mix the dry spices together in a small bowl.

Pre-heat your Instant Pot on medium “saute” settings. Add diced onions and saute 2-3 minutes.

Add ¼ of the spice mix plus the garlic, mix well, and saute another 30 seconds.

Add the black beans, bell peppers, bay leaf, orange zest, stock, water, and ¾ of the remaining spice mix. Mix well. Turn off “saute” settings.

Add the lid making sure venting is turned off. Pressure cook for 45 minutes.

cuban black beans in a white bowl

Make the Sofrito

While the beans are cooking, make the sofrito.

Pre-heat a skillet, add oil and quickly (1 minute) saute onions, garlic and peppers with a pinch of the remaining spice mix.

Place ingredients in a food processor. Add fresh oregano and orange juice.

Set aside until beans are finished.

Finish the Beans

Manually release the pressure on the Instant Pot. Remove lid and return settings back to saute. 

Add the sofrito and remaining spice mix to the pot, mix well and allow to cook 20-30 minutes.

Recipe Notes and Cooking Tips

  • The orange juice is acidic and is added late to brighten the dish. If you add to early the dish becomes something altogether different texturally and flavor-wise.
  • The flavor in the dish is extremely layered. The key is seasoning at every step. Don’t be tempted to add everything all at once and basically be one and done. 
  • Sauteing your vegetables first helps to release their flavors.
  • The sofrito is a great flavor base. It adds a bit more complexity. If possible use fresh ingredients for a more natural and cleaner taste.
  • Time willing make your own stock. Most store-bought are heavily salted without character.
  • Dish can be prepared on regular stove-top. The process is the same, but it’s just a longer cook-time.
  • Soaking the beans are optional for pressure cooking, but if using traditional stovetop, don’t skip this step.
  • Make sure you include enough liquid so the beans don’t dry out.
  • Check for doneness after the first 15 minutes of the final step. You’re primarily checking for texture. I prefer non-mushy beans so I shut things done after 20 minutes, but if you prefer a creamier texture let them cook a bit longer.
  • Serve with a side of fried sweet plantains as well as stewed okra and tomatoes

similar instant pot beans recipes

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Instant Pot Baked Beans

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Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice

Instant Pot White Beans and Ham

Other beans recipes include:

Southern Green Beans

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cuban black beans in a white bowl

Cuban Black Beans

Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Cuban
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 85kcal
Author: Marwin Brown

Equipment

  • pressure cooker

Ingredients

For The Beans

  • ½ pound Dry Black Beans
  • 2 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 medium Bell Pepper diced
  • 1 medium White Onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Orange Zest

For the Sofrito

  • ½ medium onion sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • ¼ spice mix paprika, cumin, dried oregano, salt, pepper
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1-2 sprigs fresh oregano

Instructions

Prepare The Beans

  • Soak the beans overnight.
  • Pre-mix the dry spices together in a small bowl.
  • Pre-heat Instant Pot on medium “saute” settings. Add diced onions and saute 2-3 minutes.
  • Add ¼ of the spice mix plus the garlic, mix well, and saute another 30 seconds.
  • Add the black beans, bell peppers, bay leaf, orange zest, stock, water, and ¾ of the remaining spice mix. Mix well. Turn off “saute” settings.
  • Add the lid making sure venting is turned off. Pressure cook for 45 minutes.

Make the Sofrito

  • While the beans are cooking, make the sofrito.
  • Pre-heat a skillet, add oil and quickly (1 minute) saute onions, garlic and peppers with a pinch of the remaining spice mix.
  • Place ingredients in a food processor. Add fresh oregano and orange juice.
  • Set aside until beans are finished.

Finish the Beans

  • Manually release the pressure on the Instant Pot. Remove lid and return settings back to saute.
  • Add the sofrito and remaining spice mix to the pot, mix well and allow to cook 20-30 minutes.

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Nutrition

Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 709mg | Potassium: 273mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 990IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg
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Recipe Rating




Farrukh Aziz

Sunday 28th of November 2021

Simple and delicious, just what I needed! Love the flavors and texture of the beans, thanks!

Katie Crenshaw

Sunday 19th of September 2021

I just love these beans! They turn out so flavorful! They are my new favorite side.

Louise

Sunday 19th of September 2021

Such a great comfort meal! And they are so hard to find when you are vegan! My brother loved it and took some home in a tupperware!!

Shelby

Sunday 19th of September 2021

I am always looking for delicious vegetarian or vegan recipes to make and I'm loving the ease of this instant pot recipe.

adriana

Sunday 19th of September 2021

This is such a staple in Cuban cuisine. My husband is Cuban and I prepare black beans often as we both love them with rice.