Instant Pot Black Beans and Rice

Black beans with rice in tomato sauce in white plate
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When it comes to a simple vegan, and vegetarian dish, Instant Pot Black Beans and Rice is the answer! This one-pot recipe is full of flavors and fun textures.

Not only that, but it's an extremely budget-friendly recipe, too! Having beans and rice are staples in the pantry, and this recipe proves why!

Black beans with rice in tomato sauce in white plate

All you really need to think about once you make this simple meal is the side dishes that you want to serve with it. Since I consider this a one-pot meal, I typically just pair this with a salad.

Why you'll love this recipe 

The burst of flavor from the black beans is actually surprising! You'll love this dish so much that you'll be craving it more and more.

  • One recipe makes a huge batch of food
  • It's the perfect way to stay on track with your meal planning and grocery spending
  • You can add different ingredients to your own bowl once served to change up the flavors

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Recipe Ingredients

Instant Pot Black Beans and Rice ingredients

Olive oil - I also use coconut oil or avocado oil sometimes as well. 

Red onion - Slice the onions thinly so that it pairs well with the other textures. You can use white onion as well. 

Salt - To taste. 

Vegetable broth - You can change this up and use Instant Pot Bone Broth as well. 

Water  - Tap or filtered water is perfectly fine.

Garlic powder - Don't confuse it with garlic salt. 

Cumin - You don't want to leave out this flavorful ingredient. 

Cajun seasoning - If you need a kick, add this! 

Dried oregano - This pairs perfectly with all the other flavors. 

Chili powder - You can add this or not, but I recommend it! 

Hot sauce - Sriracha sauce is also a great idea! You can take it out for a kid-friendly version. 

Black beans - Uncooked. Perfect bean for extra protein. You can use kidney beans, pinto beans or red beans as well

Rice - Uncooked. You can use basmati or jasmine rice.

How to make Instant Pot Black Beans and Rice

Once you gather up your ingredients, you're ready to get started! Get ready - you're going to love it!

Step One: Add the olive oil to the Instant Pot and press "saute".

Instant Pot Black Beans and Rice

Step Two: Add the diced onions.

Instant Pot Black Beans and Rice

Step Three: Add the salt and saute for 3 minutes.

Instant Pot Black Beans and Rice

Step Four: Pour in the broth and mix well.

Instant Pot Black Beans and Rice

Step Five: Add in the water and stir.

Step Six: Add all the spices: cumin, Cajun seasoning, oregano and chili powder.

Step Seven: Add the hot sauce and stir.

Instant Pot Black Beans and Rice

Step 8: Pour in the black beans.

Instant Pot Black Beans and Rice

Step Nine: Add the rice into the Instant Pot and stir.

Instant Pot Black Beans and Rice

Step Ten: Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 28 minutes.

Step Eleven: Once the cooking time is complete, wait for a natural pressure release.

Instant Pot Black Beans and Rice

You don't need to stir it really once you take off the lid, but you can!

Instant Pot Black Beans and Rice

Serve and enjoy!

Variations

Change up the seasoning - You can easily make this spicy! Add some chili powder, red pepper flakes, and as much hot sauce as you can handle!

Change up the beans - Black beans are great, but you can also use Pinto Beans, kidney beans, or red beans as well

Toppings - For extra taste, add cream cheese and parmesan cheese on top.

Recipe Notes

  • The black beans that you're adding aren't canned black beans. They're dried black beans - this is important!
  • You don't have to sautee the onions if you don't want to! If you want them to cook with the rest of the ingredients, let them.
Instant Pot Black Beans and Rice

Recipe FAQs

What are the health benefits of eating black beans?

There are so many great benefits of eating black beans! They can help with:
1. Healthy bones
2. Lowering blood pressure
3. Managing diabetes
4. Warding off heart disease
5. Aiding in Healthy digestion
6. Weight loss

Do I have to soak the beans before cooking them?

No, you don't have to soak the black beans. The Instant Pot is going to cook them perfectly for you.

Can I use canned beans for this recipe?

I personally think that the canned beans will end up too mushy. If you do have to use them, I would reduce the cooking time to 20 minutes.

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Black beans with rice in tomato sauce in white plate

Instant Pot Black Beans and Rice

Instant Pot Black Beans and Rice is the perfect dish for anytime of the day! Excellent for protein and eating a hearty meal!
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Course: dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beans, black beans, hot sauce, instant pot, Instant Pot black beans and rice, white rice
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Corrie

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ tablespoon chilli powder
  • hot sauce to taste
  • 1 lb black beans
  • 1 ½ cup rice

Instructions

  • Press the saute button and add the olive oil.
  • Add the diced onions and salt into the Instant Pot and saute for 3 minutes.
  • Add the vegetable broth and water and stir.
  • Add garlic powder, cumin, cajun seasoning, oregano, chili powder and hot sauce.
  • Add black beans and rice and stir.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 28 minutes.
  • Once the cooking time is complete, wait for a natural release (or for at least 20 minutes).
  • Take off the lid, serve - and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 320kcal Carbohydrates: 62g Protein: 11g Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Sodium: 651mg Potassium: 432mg Fiber: 9g Sugar: 2g Vitamin A: 1138IU Vitamin C: 1mg Calcium: 70mg Iron: 3mg

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Notes

  • The black beans that you're adding aren't canned black beans. They're dried black beans - this is important! 
  • If you are in a hurry, you don't have to saute the onions. Just let them cook with the rest of the ingredients.
  • You can use kidney beans, pinto beans or red beans as well
  • Use basmati or jasmine rice for best results.
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4 thoughts on “Instant Pot Black Beans and Rice

    1. I usually use jasmine or basmati rice, it does get quite soft when cooked for this long but still holds its shape. You could also try it with brown rice!

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