Pressure Cooker Cuban Black Beans

This recipe for Cuban black beans, or frijoles negros, will save you tons of time by cooking them in a pressure cooker, and they're just as delicious as the stove top method. They're an excellent side dish.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Cuban
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 275 kcal


  • 1 pound black beans
  • 8 cups water or stock
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil + more for finishing
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 large white onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ΒΌ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh herbs for serving


  1. Rinse the beans and add them to the pressure cooker along with 8 cups water or stock.
  2. Pressure cook the beans on high for 30 minutes. Quick release the steam and remove the lid. The beans should be tender yet slightly firm.
  3. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the onion and bell pepper. Cook them down about 6-7 minutes to soften.
  4. Add the garlic and stir. Cook another minute or so.
  5. Scoop the cooked beans into the veggie mixture.
  6. Stir in the oregano, cumin, bay leaves, red wine vinegar and sugar. Cook another 20-30 minutes to allow the flavors to develop.
  7. Scoop out the bay leaves before serving. Adjust with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Garnish with a bit of fresh herbs and serve as a side or over rice as your main dish.
Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Cuban Black Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 275 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 31mg1%
Potassium 528mg15%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 11g44%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Vitamin C 26.9mg33%
Calcium 81mg8%
Iron 3.4mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.