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Quick IP Black Beans

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I love eating beans. They are easy, versatile and CHEAP (this bean recipe is a bargain at 82 cents a serving!) A good batch of beans in can be placed in a burrito for lunch, atop a salad or in a “Yum Bowl” for dinner, and it even makes a great snack. In my house you will frequently find a batch of beans in the fridge which can serve any of these purposes in a pinch. Although dried beans are economical, I have to admit that until now I relied mostly on canned beans. I generally was not good a planning for the long amount of time to soak and simmer dried beans. However, with my Instant Pot making dried beans is quick and fuss-free. I’m making more beans than ever, which is helping us to eat even more plant-based than before. And my family and I agree the texture of pressure cooked dried beans beats a can of beans any day. With so much available research on the benefits of beans including increased lifespan, decreased blood sugar and cholesterol, finding this new easy way to enjoy beans is a game changer!

Ingredients

Food
Amt
Units
Prep
Notes
1 teaspoon oil
oil
1
teaspoon
1 onion, diced
onion
1
diced
1 bell peppers, diced
bell peppers
1
diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
garlic
4
cloves
minced
1 tablespoon paprika
paprika
1
tablespoon
1 teaspoon cumin powder
cumin powder
1
teaspoon
2 teaspoons chili powder
chili powder
2
teaspoons
½ teaspooons salt
salt
½
teaspooons
¼ teaspoon black pepper
black pepper
¼
teaspoon
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
crushed red pepper
¼
teaspoon
⅓ cup diced tomatoes (canned, fresh or boxed)
diced tomatoes
cup
canned, fresh or boxed
1½ cup beans (dried, red or black)
beans
cup
dried, red or black
1½ cup broth (vegetable)
broth (vegetable)
cup
1½ cup water
water
cup

Method

Place Instant Pot on "Saute." Heat oil and add onion, red pepper and cloves. Saute for about 5 minutes until soft. Add spices and mix thoroughly. Add tomatoes and saute 1 minute. After rinsing beans thoroughly, add to the pot with broth. Cook on "Manual" for 35 minutes. Do a Quick Release, open lid, turn off, and place back on "Saute". Cook another 5-10 minutes to reduce the liquid. Smash a few of the beans against the bottom of the pot and stir to get a thicker consistency.

Babyfood Option:

Omit the salt crushed red pepper and this is a perfect baby food. For brand new eaters, puree some of the beans with the broth or other soft foods to make a smoother food. More experienced babies may enjoy more texture. Smush a few beans and let them use their new pincer grasp to try to pick them up and feed themselves!

Prep time
7 minutes
Cook time
45 minutes
Cost per serving:
$0.82
Yields/Serves:
6

Yum Ratings

😫😟😐😀😍 “These beans are really yummy!” —Heidi, a grown up
😫😟😐😀😍 “I love these beans. So easy to make, so tasty and versatile!” —Daryle, a grown up
😫😟😐😀😍 “I love these beans with rice and cheese!” —Asa, age 10