Instant Pot

Black Beans with Bacon and Tequila

6 Servings

FAST: 1¼ hours
Slow: 7½ to 8½ hours 30 minutes active

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Bacon gives these beans a subtle smokiness, and chipotle chilies add both smoke and spice. If you decide to use the optional tequila, save your top-shelf bottle for sipping; any inexpensive tequila worked well here. Offer the beans as a side to any Tex-Mex or Mexican-style main, or use them as a filling in tacos and burritos. Or make a light meal out of them by serving with rice, sour cream and salsa. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to three days; when reheating, thin with broth or water to the desired consistency.




Don't soak the black beans. In the Instant Pot, the unsoaked beans were plump and tender after only 35 minutes of pressure cooking and after 7 to 8 hours of slow cooking. Soaked beans will end up overdone if cooked for the same amount of time.

FAST: 1¼ hours
Slow: 7½ to 8½ hours

30 minutes active


  • 6

    slices bacon, roughly chopped

  • 1

    large yellow onion, finely chopped


Leandro T.
October 10, 2022
WOW, this was amazing. I highly recommend a little more salt if using kosher and no sodium added broth. Also, increase the cooking time of the beans about 5 mins if using the fast method, and at least a 1/2 hr for the slow; I like the beans a bit more tender. It's not too spicy, and the tequila lends some depth. We served this at a friends who had smoked pork for 16hrs and one of the guests had the idea to combine the two, it was soooo good.
Julie M.

Great flavor, but too spicy. Maybe cut back to two chipotles.

Jovanna K.

Very tasty! When we first tasted after cooking, we thought it was very spicy, but after resting and serving with rice we found it to be perfect.

Rob C.

Agreed that it is spicy, but we didn’t find it *too* spicy. But regardless, it’s very intense. Do not think this is a side dish. It is a headliner, friends. A HEADLINER.