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Milk Street Recipe
Instant Pot

Simple Black Beans with Tomatoes and Garlic

FAST: 1½ hours
Slow: 7¼ to 8¼ hours 15 minutes active

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Simple Black Beans with Tomatoes and Garlic

These black beans, inspired by beans we tasted in Oaxaca, Mexico, are flavorful enough to be served as a side dish, or you can use them as a filling for tacos or burritos. The tomatoes melt into the mix, lending the beans sweetness and acidity, as well as a dose of umami that makes the dish taste full and complex. For additional ideas on how to use the beans, see the following recipes.

6

Cups

Tip

Don't forget to squeeze the softened garlic cloves from the head into the beans when cooking is complete. Not only does the garlic boost flavor, their creamy consistency gives the beans a little thickness and body.

FAST: 1½ hours
Slow: 7¼ to 8¼ hours

15 minutes active

Reviews
Vikki F.
July 9, 2022
Best Black Beans
A friend asked me to bring black beans for a get together she was having. I took these and her friends raved about them — all wanted the recipe.
Havovi k.

Is it true that one of the reasons for soaking beans overnight before cooking is that it breaks down the sugars in them and so make it easier to digest? Is this a fact? Thanks!

Eric A.

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Tamisha J.

Is it possible to make this without an instant pot?

Janelle C.

Hi Tamisha,

We’re so glad you're exploring our recipes. When we developed the recipes for our Instant Pot book, Fast and Slow, we offered pressure cooker and slow cooker instructions for every recipe that worked well cooked either way. Recipes that have only one set of instructions did not produce good results when prepared with the alternative method. And unfortunately, it’s not possible for us to reverse engineer Instant Pot recipes for stovetop cooking. But the good news is that many of them were inspired by recipes we’d already prepared for conventional cooking methods. If you check our website, you might find what you are looking for.

Best,
The Milk Street Team

Greg D.

I am disappointed that the Black Bean soups require an Instant Pot/Slow Cooker to make. I'm surprised there is no stove top recipe. Oh, Well, off to my NYT Cooking app!

Janelle C.

Hi Greg,

We’re so glad you're exploring our recipes. When we developed the recipes for our Instant Pot book, Fast and Slow, we offered pressure cooker and slow cooker instructions for every recipe that worked well cooked either way. Recipes that have only one set of instructions did not produce good results when prepared with the alternative method. And unfortunately, it’s not possible for us to reverse engineer Instant Pot recipes for stovetop cooking. But the good news is that many of them were inspired by recipes we’d already prepared for conventional cooking methods. If you check our website, you might find what you are looking for.

Best,
The Milk Street Team

Kyle V.

Once again someone complaining about the instant pot recipes. If you don't have an instant pot go check out the TONS of other great recipes from Milk Street that do not require one, including one for black bean soup. But good luck with your NYT app recipes, you are missing out. And I have to say the fast/slow recipes have been simple and come out perfect every time so thanks Milk Street!

Jovanna K.

I have made this recipe twice with excellent results. Didn't have fresh tomatoes so I used a can of fire roasted. Also added a fresh sliced jalapeño for some heat. A simple, easy, foolproof, and delicious recipe!

Craig B.

What I will do is apply these flavors to Diana Kennedy's Frijoles de Olla, since I don't own an instapot or crockpot of any sort.

Christopher E.

These are so delicious and so simple to make! If you only used your instant pot to make this one recipe it would be totally worth it, but of course the instant pot does so much more. We make these on the weekend and then use the beans up over the week. Don't forget to check out the recipe for Molletes - we use this black bean recipe as the base.

Greer M.

Is it possible to half this recipe with the same result? I want to use the InstantPot, but not sure if the timing would need to be adjusted with the lesser amount. Thank you!

Lynn C.

Hi Greer -

I think this could work and cooking times *should* remain the same, however we haven't tested this so I can't be 100% sure. The only question is whether the pressure cooker gets up to pressure faster with less in the pot. If it does, then I would say it might take a little less time. It's just hard to know for sure. Sorry we can't be clearer but I hope this helps.

Thanks,
The Milk Street Team

J A.

What are the differences in the beans between the fast and slow methods, is one more tender or flavorful?

Thanks,
Jac

Lynn C.

Hi J A. -

No difference in texture at all it's simply just two different cooking methods - fast, using the Instant Pot's pressure cooking setting or slow, using the Instant Pot's slow cooking setting.

Best,
The Milk Street Team

John E.

These are fantastic and the best recipe for black beans EVER


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