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My husband doesn’t venture into the kitchen too often, but when he does it’s kind of an event for several seasons_

a. the kitchen looks like it’s just been hit by a storm of pots, pans and various random ingredients

b. he resembles a cartoon character when his frustration with the dish he’s trying to make reaches its limit

c. somehow the food he makes turns out good. And I mean really good!

We like to make fajitas or shrimp tacos for dinner on the weekends and hubby is always in charge of making his now famous pressure cooker black beans. I think it’s the only dish he makes which doesn’t result in the kitchen looking like the refrigerator exploded. However one weekend last month, he wasn’t home early enough to prepare the beans and making them was left to me. Not knowing hubby’s recipe, I did my best to recreate a similar version.

When he got home I offered him a taste of my attempt, anxiously waiting his reaction. Hubby dramatically smelled the pot of beans, took a spoonful, blew to cool them off, took a bite and after a long pause, finally gave me a thumbs up. It would seem that everyone in our family approved since at dinner that night I looked up to see that Chloe was sporting an enormous bean goatee!


Pressure Cooker Black Beans

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Servings: 8
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 pound dry black beans
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro stems and/or leaves, tied together with butcher’s twine
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar


  • Combine the first 6 ingredients in a pressure cooker and, following the manufacturer’s directions, cover and lock the lid and cook on high pressure for 40 minutes.
  • Allow the steam to release completely (again, following manufacturer’s directions) before opening the pressure cooker lid.
  • Stir in the balsamic vinegar and serve.


Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g
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Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. Oh Shay! You called it. I always add 1 tablespoon of oil to pot before cooking the beans, but somehow left it out. I’ve made them with and without the oil, but do prefer it. The beans work great either way. Thanks for your keen eyes!

  2. Do you add any oil to the pot to control the foaming? I thought oil was necessary for pressure cooking beans?

  3. I can’t wait to try this. Mine Always turn out so bland. I just never thought to season them so well. Yum! I figure I can reduce the cooking time if I remember to soak them, but we’ll see if that happens. Ha!

  4. Do you soak the beans before throwing them in or do you just rinse them off and throw them in the pot?

  5. Would love to see more pressure cooker recipes. I am new to pressure cooking but love it to cook sweet potatoes, beets and artichokes.

  6. Someone gave me a pressure cooker and I haven’t had much luck with it, I don’t eat much meat, so I was about to give it away but this looks great. Maybe I’ll keep it, I love black beans.

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