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Cuban black beans in a white bowl with a black spoon. On top of a blue and white surface.
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5 from 3 votes

Instant Pot Cuban Black Beans

These instant pot Cuban black beans are seasoned and pressure cooked to perfection. Serve these as a side dish or enjoy them straight out of a bowl. This authentic recipe will become a new dinnertime favorite at your house! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Cuban
Servings: 8
Calories: 97kcal


  • Instant Pot


  • 1 lb black beans rinsed
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (vino seco)
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 yellow onion finely diced
  • 4 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Add the black beans to the instant pot along with the water and 1/2 green bell pepper. 
  • Press the "pressure cook" function on your instant pot and select 25 minutes. 
  • When the 25 minutes are up, do a natural release. When the pin in the lid drops down, safely open the lid. Press the "saute" function and let the beans cook uncovered while you prepare the veggies.
  • Add some oil to a small skillet on the stovetop and let it heat over medium-high heat.
  • Add the onions and cook for 3-4 minutes or until translucent. Then stir in the garlic and cook for an additional 20 seconds. Add the tomato sauce and cook for an additional minute.  Add the onion, garlic, and tomato mixture to the instant pot along with the bay leaf, vino seco, oregano, cumin, salt, pepper, and sugar. 
  • Continue cooking for 20 minutes while stirring occasionally or until the beans are nice and thick.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro or parsley, if desired.


Please read the instant pot manufactures guide before using it. 


Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 280mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 67IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg