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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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 5 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Cuban
Servings: 4
Calories: 275kcal


  • 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
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh herbs for serving


  • Rinse the beans and add them to the pressure cooker along with 8 cups water or stock.
  • 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.
  • Heat the oil in a large pan and add the onion and bell pepper. Cook them down about 6-7 minutes to soften.
  • Add the garlic and stir. Cook another minute or so.
  • Scoop the cooked beans into the veggie mixture.
  • Stir in the oregano, cumin, bay leaves, red wine vinegar and sugar. Cook another 20-30 minutes to allow the flavors to develop.
  • Scoop out the bay leaves before serving. Adjust with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Garnish with a bit of fresh herbs and serve as a side or over rice as your main dish.


Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 528mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 26.9mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 3.4mg