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Simple Black Bean Stew (Pressure Cooker)

Author: Molly Patrick of Clean Food Dirty Girl


  • 1 cup dried black beans 180g
  • 1/2 cup onion 75g, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup carrot 80g, diced
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper 80g, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 of a 6 oz. can of tomato paste about a 1/4 cup / 90g
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Fresh cilantro as garnish


  • Soak the black beans in at least 3 cups of water overnight.
  • The next day, place the pressure cooker over medium heat for about a minute so the bottom of the pot gets hot. When it’s hot add the onion, garlic, carrot, bell pepper, cumin, coriander, chili, and oregano and stir. Allow to cook while you get the beans ready.
  • Discard the soaking water from the beans and rinse the beans well. Add them to the rest of the veggies, stir and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally so nothing sticks to the pan.
  • Add the 5 cups of water and stir. Place the lid on the pressure cooker and lock it.
  • Place the valve on the lid (if your cooker is the kind with the valve), turn the heat to high and allow to come to pressure. Turn the heat down to medium once it reaches pressure.
  • Cook for 25 minutes after the pressure cooker has reached pressure (it takes around 12 minutes to reach pressure depending on your altitude and the cooker you have).
  • After 25 minutes, turn off the heat and allow to cool, about 15 minutes. If you’re in a hurry, carefully bring the pot to the sink and run cold water over the lid until the pressure has gone down.
  • When the pressure is totally down, take off the lid and add the tomato paste and the salt.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro when serving.


This recipe is perfect for one or two people to have throughout the week. If you are cooking for more, double it. This also freezes well, so feel free to freeze any leftovers when you’re done with it. It will stay good in the fridge for about 5 days.