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How To Cook Instant Pot Black Beans
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How To Use And Store Beans
One 15-ounce can of beans holds about 1 3/4 cups cooked beans, so substitute accordingly in your recipes. For reference, one pound of dried beans makes about five cups of cooked beans.
Let beans cool completely, then store in their liquid in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Beans also freeze beautifully. I usually freeze them in their liquid in ziplock bags , which take up less space in the freezer and thaw more quickly. Freeze for up to three months.
What Makes This Recipe So Good
- Its rich, hearty, flavorful and the perfect warm meal for those cold-weather months.
- The Instant Pot makes this the easiest black eyed peas recipe youll ever make! Other than the occasional stirring and mashing, youll have a delicious dinner with minimal effort.
- Its great for freezer meals! Freeze prepared black eyed peas in covered, airtight containers for up to 6 months.
- No soaking necessary! This recipe uses dry beans and they still come out perfectly tender, which means less prep work for you!
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What Can I Add To Black Eyed Peas For Flavor
Garlic and onion this common kitchen duo is commonly used to add flavor to black eyed peas. Garlic is either chopped or minced to release the pungent flavor. Chopped onion is used to release sweetness, especially if it is sautéed first. Together, they combine to add flavor and enhance the overall dish.
How To Make A Freezer Meal
In a gallon size Ziplock bag, add all ingredients except water finishing with tomatoes on top. Let as much air out as possible, seal and freeze for up to 3 months. Pressure cook on High from frozen for 22 minutes with Quick Release.
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Black Eyed Peas / Back Eyed Beans
This recipe is one of my favourites and it’s a simple, delicious and flavourful. You can make this recipe vegan or add in meat like sausage, ham and bacon or if like me you don’t eat ham or bacon, you can add smoked turkey or not! Totally up to you.
Are black eyed peas beans? Yes, they are! Black eyed peas are also called black eyed beans. It’s believed to be a lucky meal and popularly eaten on New years day to bring in wealth and good luck. Aside from bringing luck, black eyed peas are also nutritious.
They are high in fibre which makes you fuller for longer. It aids digestion, packed full of nutrient and a good source of protein. Other benefits include reducing inflammation and improving blood pressure.
A cup of dry black eyed peas has 662 calories while a cup of cooked black eyed peas has 198 calories. I cup dried black eyed peas makes approximately 3 cups cooked beans. Black eyed peas is an excellent source of fibre, protein and folate.
Finally Using My Instant Pot
Fast-forward to December when I was doing a little pre-Christmas decluttering and I came across the Instant Pot under the counter. I made up my mind then and there that I was going to use it or sell it.
I wasn’t willing to continue to sacrifice the storage space for something I wasn’t going to use. So I ordered an Instant Pot cookbook online and when I had spare time, I started browsing the books.
The first recipe I made was a Beef Stroganoff . I was blown away by the fact that the roast went from raw to falling-apart tender and delicious in under an hour. Next, I saw someone on Facebook talking about “boiling” eggs in the Instant Pot. So I tried that. It was crazy easy.
Then I tried pasta. So, so easy. And it took 4 minutes after pressurizing. 4 MINUTES. Next, I cooked chicken breasts… from FROZEN to DONE in 18 minutes. I.WAS.HOOKED. Where in the world has this appliance been all of my life?!
Oh and about that storage space? I made a place for it on the countertop… I don’t foresee actually putting it away at all. I might use it every day!
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Pressure Cooker Black Eyed Peas: Behind The Recipe
Growing up, I was told I would enjoy a day of good luck during the next year for each pea eaten during my New Years supper. I always thought my mom was just trying to trick me into eating them!
According to tradition, these beans symbolize prosperity in the New Year since they swell when cooked. They are often served with collard greens to symbolize money, pork as a sign moving forward, and cornbread to represent gold.
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Traditional Southern New Years Recipe
Black-eyed peas are a traditional southern recipe eaten on New Years Day.
This simple but delicious dried bean recipe is said to bring good luck in the new year to anyone who eats it on New Year’s day.
Traditionally served with collard greens and cornbread black-eyed beans are a staple in most Southern homes.
At least it is in Georgia where I first enjoyed black-eyed peas.
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How To Make Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas New Year’s Day Recipes
Add all of the ingredients to the Instant Pot inner pot.
Close the lid, and make sure the pressure valve is turned to sealed .
Set a manual high pressure time for 30 minutes.
Allow for a natural pressure release at the end of the cooking time.
Stir, dish into bowls, and enjoy!
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What Types Of Beans Can You Cook In An Instant Pot
Thats a great question! And the answer is most. Theres really only one type of bean I wouldnt bother cooking in the Instant Pot and thats red lentils. Red lentils are super delicate, cook very quickly on the stove already and youll end up spending more time cooking them in your pressure cooker.
All other beans are fair game!
If youre wondering where to get dried beans, my friends at Bobs Red Mill are always my go-to! Their beans are super high quality and they have an amazing selection to choose from. Just check out the bean section on their site to see what Im talking about!
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How To Make Black Beans In An Instant Pot
I prefer to soak beans overnight. It reduces the cooking time and some studies suggest that soaking makes them easier to digest. Heres how I cook pre-soaked beans in the Instant Pot. This recipe will work with any electric pressure cooker.
- Rinse and soak beans overnight, or for 8 hours. Alternatively, use the no-soak method.
- Turn on the Instant Pot. Heat oil on Saute mode . Ad crushed garlic, followed by chopped onions. Saute for 1 minute, or until the onions turns translucent.
- Add rinsed and drained beans, seasoning and water. Cancel Saute. Pressure cook on Bean/Chili Mode or Pressure cook mode for 30 minutes. Reduce time to 25 minutes for a more firm texture.
- Let the pressure release naturally for 15 mins . After that, release pressure manually. You can do that by turning the pressure knob to venting position in DUO model, or, push down the pressure valve in ULTRA model.
- Open the lid after the pin drops. Using a potato masher, mash a few beans for a creamy texture. Garnish with cilantro and Cojita cheese crumbles and serve warm!
- Ingredients for creamy Black Beans
- Heat oil on Saute
- Saute till onion turns translucent
- Add pre-soaked and drained beans
- Pressure cook. Naturally release pressure
- Mash a few beans for a creamy texture
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Controlling The Spice Levels
Jalapenos are an essential part of this dish as it brings just the right kick of heat. However, if you have a different heat tolerance, you can change the type of pepper youre going to use. If you want a hotter experience, I suggest using a scotch bonnet pepper. Want to tone it down a bit? Try using poblano or ancho peppers instead.
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Three Keys To Southern
The three keys to delicious Southern-style peas are 1) sauteeing the meat/bone/fat, 2) adding rich broth, and 3) cooking low and slow or with pressure. For tender peas, a long slow stovetop simmer or a pressure cooking can yield the same or similar results. In the short video below, I do a tutorial using frozen zipper peas.
Why We Love These Instant Pot Black Beans:
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What Is The Ratio Of Beans To Water In Instant Pot
All you need to do to cook beans in the instant pot is add them into your pot, followed by 2 3x that amount of water. So if youre using 1 cup of dried beans , youd follow that with about 2 3 cups of water. Basically, you want the beans to be fully submerged or else they wont cook evenly.
Do You Have To Soak Black
No, you do not, its not required for this recipe and in general, dried black-eyed peas dont need to be soaked as long as other types of dried legumes BUT I do soak them because it makes them extra soft, creamy almost, which I like .
I will soak them overnight in a bowl, covered with a plate in the refrigerator.
I put them in the water at night and then the next day I make them.
I give the cooking times for dry vs. soaked black-eyed peas in the recipe card at the end of the post.
How much water do I add to the Instant Pot for this Black Eyed Peas recipe?
I add 4 cups of water for 1 pound of pre-soaked black-eyed peas.
I always use Better than Bouillon Chicken or Vegetable stock base.
If you want to use stock, just do 2 cups water and 2 cups stock of your choice.
If you are just rinsing the black-eyed peas and not soaking them, add 6 cups water .
If you just want them to taste very plain, perhaps to be apart of another recipe, you can just do water only.
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How To Cook Black Beans In The Instant Pot:
How Long Do I Cook Pinto Beans In My Instant Pot
Season the beans liberally with chopped onion, a bay leaf or two, salt and pepper. Put the lid on securely, select Pressure Cook, set the cooking time for 50 minutes, and let the pinto beans cook. When the cooking time is up, natural release for 15 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure.
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Can I Use Natural Release
You can use Natural Release where pressure subsides on its own. You can pre-program this recipe and dinner can wait for you on the counter when you get home. Since Instant Pot keeps cooking while releasing pressure slowly, consistency might be a bit more soft. Which is not a big deal. Its a hearty recipe anyways.
Can You Use Old Dried Beans
Yes, you sure can. The biggest thing about dried beans if they are older, you will have to add a bit of time to your method.
Dried beans after they sit for so long, you will find they just need additional cook time to ensure they are fully cooked and tender. While I recommend fresh dried beans, you can use old if that is all you have.
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Brown Tomatoes And Onions In Instant Pot
First, press Saute button to Sauté More function to heat up Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.
Itll switch to ON on the screen.
*Pro Tip: You can prepare the remaining ingredients during the preheating and browning processes.
Wait until it says HOTon the screen .
*Note: Make sure Instant Pot is as hot as it can be to induce a Maillard reaction.
First, add 1 2 tbsp olive oil in the Instant Pots inner pot. Ensure the whole bottom is coated with olive oil.
Then, add quartered tomatoes and sliced onion in the Instant Pot. Saute for 4 5 minutes.
Do Legumes Need To Be Soaked
This is a matter of personal choice. Although soaking aids in the cooking of the beans by making them softer beforehand, the real reason for soaking legumes is to get rid of the indigestible sugars that cause gas in humans. Most cooks soak their beans overnight, rinsing the beans well before cooking, while others choose to soak them for four hours, and some don’t soak them at all. It all comes down to how much time you have and if you have noticed digestive discomfort from eating unsoaked beans.
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How To Cook Black Beans In The Slow Cooker
Ive found that cooking the beans in the slow cooker allows them to get really nice and tender. The black beans turn out perfect every single time!
To cook them in the crockpot:
Flavor Tip: Ive found that adding in diced sweet potatoes really makes the black beans really hearty. It also works great when I am meal prepping and making a few batches of my favorite sweet potato and black bean enchiladas!
How Long To Cook Dried Black
I cooked mine for 30 minutes on high pressure, plus 30 minutes of natural release . This timing has worked for me dozens of times.
However! Some factors can cause you to need more time, such as the age of the dried peas. And honestly, you have no way of knowing this most of the time. This recipe is adaptable, though.
The great thing about the instant pot is that it is super easy to put the lid back on and cook a few extra minutes, if needed.
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