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Instant Pot® Cuban-Style Black Beans and Rice

This hearty meatless dish borrows elements from traditional Cuban black bean recipes, such as oregano, dried cumin, and bay leaves. However, it isn’t intended as a classic “authentic” interpretation.

Although not featured here, a tablespoon of tomato paste added prior to cooking would be a nice addition to the flavour profile of this recipe, especially if served as leftovers the next day.

Cuban Style Black Beans

Instant Pot® Cuban-Style Black Beans and Rice

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 32 minutes
Pressurise/Depressurise Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 17 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 724 kcal


  • 1 cup dried black beans rinsed and picked over
  • 1 medium red pepper seeded and cut into large pieces
  • ½ medium white onion cut into large pieces
  • ½ tbsp dried oregano
  • ½ tbsp dried cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp red pepper diced
  • 3 tbsp avocado diced
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro leaves chopped
  • 1 whole lime cut into wedges (optional)
  • 3 cup cooked white or yellow rice


  • Add the beans, red pepper, onion, oregano, dried cumin, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and bay leaves to Instant Pot®.
    Cuban Style Black Beans - Instant Pot
  • Pour broth on top and add the lid. Set the pressure valve to “sealing” and select the “Manual” cooking option on the “High” setting. Set cook time to 32 minutes.
    Cuban Style Black Beans - Add Broth
  • When done cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally for 20 minutes, and then do a quick release of any remaining pressure.
  • Turn the unit off and carefully remove the lid. Transfer the red pepper, onion, and ½ cup broth to a blender or food processor. Cover and blend until smooth.
    Cuban Style Black Beans - Blend
  • Pour pureed vegetable mixture back into the Instant Pot® and add red wine vinegar. Season with additional salt and black pepper, as desired, and stir to combine.
    Cuban Style Black Beans - Return to Beans
  • Serve immediately over a bed of cooked rice, topped with chopped red pepper, avocado, and cilantro. Offer lime wedges, if desired. Enjoy!
    Cuban Style Black Beans - Serve over rice



Tip: Reserve the red portion of the pepper top for garnish.
This recipe was tested at 30 minutes of active cook time. Although the recipe works at that time, the beans were a little firm. Add an additional two minutes to the active cook time for less firm results.
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Calories: 724kcalCarbohydrates: 149gProtein: 22gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 337mgPotassium: 1148mgFiber: 12gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1149IUVitamin C: 57mgCalcium: 135mgIron: 5mg
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