Black beans are a staple in Cuban cooking, typically served with either yellow or white rice. Give them a good squeeze of fresh lime juice, garnish with some chopped cilantro (we also add some chopped onion and a drizzle of olive oil), and you're in for a treat. These beans freeze well and reheat beautifully in the microwave.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr
additional:
15 mins
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select Saute function. Add chopped bacon and cook until browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Add onion and jalapeno and cook until tender, about 5 minutes more. Add garlic and saute another 30 seconds.

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  • Add water, chicken broth, dried beans, vinegar, sazon, cumin, oregano, bay leaf, salt, and pepper to the pot and stir. Close and lock the lid, select Manual function, and set timer for 40 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  • Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions for 15 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Stir beans and remove bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Serve beans with a wedge of fresh lime and garnish with cilantro.

Cook's Note:

Sazon can be found in the Hispanic section of your supermarket; there is also a recipe for it on this site. I think it adds extra flavor to the beans, but if you can't find it, the beans still will be good.

If you find the consistency too soupy, just turn to Saute and cook the liquid down for a few minutes to your preference.

Nutrition Facts

234 calories; protein 14.4g 29% DV; carbohydrates 39.9g 13% DV; fat 2.6g 4% DV; cholesterol 6mg 2% DV; sodium 1291.3mg 52% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2019
1.12.19 This comment is in response to Teresa Rojas’ review on 1.11.19. I’m the submitter of this recipe, I live in Florida which has a large Cuban population and MANY Cuban restaurants. Although your way may be a “traditional” way, it’s not the only way to prepare Cuban black beans. There are many different styles of black beans home cooked in kitchens and restaurants (offering an option of white or yellow rice) throughout Florida as well as the rest of the U.S., and this recipe just incorporates some of those ingredients. Just “Google” Cuban Black Beans or do a search on Pinterest, and you’ll see what I mean. And that’s not to say there’s anything wrong with the traditional way, but there’s also nothing wrong with updating a traditional recipe which some call “bland,” to make it more interesting. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/18/2019
It was fine not very flavorful I even added more garlic and other seasonings. I would not make this again. Read More
29 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2019
1.12.19 This comment is in response to Teresa Rojas’ review on 1.11.19. I’m the submitter of this recipe, I live in Florida which has a large Cuban population and MANY Cuban restaurants. Although your way may be a “traditional” way, it’s not the only way to prepare Cuban black beans. There are many different styles of black beans home cooked in kitchens and restaurants (offering an option of white or yellow rice) throughout Florida as well as the rest of the U.S., and this recipe just incorporates some of those ingredients. Just “Google” Cuban Black Beans or do a search on Pinterest, and you’ll see what I mean. And that’s not to say there’s anything wrong with the traditional way, but there’s also nothing wrong with updating a traditional recipe which some call “bland,” to make it more interesting. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/21/2019
I made this in my crock pot instead of an instant pot. Same recipe, I just cooked it on low all day. I used a packet of Sazon, like the recipe called for. The beans were very tasty, but kind of salty. I would use the sazon recipe from allrecipes.com, but leave out some of the salt next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2019
I've made them before and the Goya seasoning is not an optional ingredient, that gives it a wonderful taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2020
I used half the beans but kept the other ingredients as the recipe called for because I like flavor! I used extra garlic and cumin for personal tastes. I didn't have sazon but used Adobo seasoning, I also added 3oz of tomato paste. Turned out wonderful! Will definitely make it this way again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/12/2019
Added more garlic ONION used pork cheek Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2019
I didn’t have bacon so I added 1 cube of ham concentrate. Topped with sour cream, cilantro, chives, & lime. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2019
Very tasty and smelled heavenly! One of my favorite local Cuban restaurants offers a scrumptious vaca frita and I always choose yellow rice and black beans as well as sliced fresh tomatoes as sides. This recipe made the beans taste very much like those at the restaurant. I used Sazon for the first time and liked it but found the measure increment in the recipe quite confusing. The package I purchased has a total weight of 1 ounces but there are multiple packets within and the manufacturer recommendation is one packet per four servings. This time the beans accompanied a pork loin and rice; next time perhaps I'll be bold and attempt vaca frita! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2019
Yum Yum Yum !!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2019
Fantastic. Great with odds and ends of bacon. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
11/18/2019
It was fine not very flavorful I even added more garlic and other seasonings. I would not make this again. Read More