Cuban Black Beans Pressure Cooker Recipe

Recipe Category: Pressure-Cooker

Cuban Black Beans Pressure Cooker Recipe


Serves: 6 TO 8

Time: 25 minutes plus Bean Soaking Time

Pressure Level: HIGH

Release: NATURAL

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound chorizo sausage, quartered lengthwise and sliced ½-inch thick
  • 2 onions, chopped fine
  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh oregano or 2 teaspoons dried
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound dried black beans (2 cups), picked over, rinsed, and salt-soaked (click here)
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ cup minced fresh cilantro


  1. Heat oil in pressure-cooker pot over medium-high heat until shimmering
  2. Add chorizo and cook until browned, about 5 minutes; transfer to paper towel-lined plate
  3. Add onions, bell pepper, cumin, and ¼ teaspoon salt to fat left in pot and cook over medium-high heat until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes
  4. Stir in garlic, 1 tablespoon oregano, and pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds
  5. Stir in beans
  6. Stir in broth and bay leaves, scraping up any browned bits


  1. Lock pressure-cooker lid in place and bring to high pressure over medium-high heat
  2. As soon as pot reaches high pressure, reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 25 minutes, adjusting heat as needed to maintain pressure


  1. Remove pot from heat and allow pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes
  2. Quick release any remaining pressure, then carefully remove lid, allowing steam to escape away from you
  3. Before Serving:
  4. Discard bay leaves
  5. Continue to simmer beans over medium heat, stirring often, until beans are tender and cooking liquid is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes
  6. Off heat, stir in chorizo, remaining 1 tablespoon oregano, and cilantro
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve

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