Making Pressure Cooker Black Beans from scratch is a snap! You can take dry beans to cooked and ready to eat in under 45 minutes using your Instant Pot or other pressure cooker. Get perfectly cooked beans every time!
I’m a big fan of beans in general, but when faced with a choice between black and pinto beans (that seems to always be the either or in the bean situation), I will pick black beans 100% of the time. Why?
Well, when I first made the move to black beans, it’s because I had the impression they were the healthier offering of the two.
Do you feel that way about black beans vs. pinto beans?
It turns out, my friends, that the only real reason to pick black beans over pinto beans is taste, because that’s really the only difference there is between the two.
Are Black Beans Better For You Than Pinto Beans?
After years of choosing black beans over pinto beans, I’ve come to prefer the taste of the smaller black bean to the freckled, light brown pinto bean, and that’s why I stick with them when there is a choice. But is there a nutritional benefit to choosing one over the other?
The answer, I found, is a pretty solid NO.
Food For Better Health breaks down the nutritional values and differences in 1 cup each of black beans and pinto beans, and they found that the differences are negligible. Meaning, there is basically no difference!
When is comes to calories, pinto beans have 13 more per cup than black beans, which is nothing.
Protein, iron, fiber, and calcium are all pretty much the same, and pinto beans have only 10% more folate per cup than black beans.
The biggest difference between the two is in how much Vitamin B6 they have – pinto beans have 20% of your daily requirement per cup, and black beans have only 6%. However, when it comes to potassium, magnesium and zinc, they are once again on equal footing.
So, the entire point is, YOU DO YOU, BOO.
However, if you are like me and genuinely prefer the taste of black beans over pinto beans, this method of Pressure Cooker Black Beans From Scratch means you are getting healthy, wholesome, beans with the amount of salt you want in them and nothing else.
No matter which you pick, from scratch is always the best, healthiest way to go.
I use an Instant Pot because that’s what I have, but what it really is is a pressure cooker with some extra bells and whistles.
You definitely don’t need an Instant Pot to make Pressure Cooker Black Beans, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t invest in one! If you will use all the other features, it’s an excellent investment.
As it happens, I have only ever tried out two other features. The slow cooker setting left me severely disappointed with the results, but I really like being able to sauté in the pot before turning on the pressure cooker function. Since then I have stuck to using it only as a pressure cooker and for sautéing beforehand, and I’m super happy with it in that regard.
I do want to use it make yogurt, so I’ll have to try that out soon!
What will you do with your Pressure Cooker Black Beans From Scratch? Keep them in the fridge to throw into a salad for extra protein at lunch time, heat with vegetable broth and spices then mash for an easy and Healthy “Refried” Black Beans, make a Fire Roasted Corn & Black Bean Salad, whip up The Best Quinoa & Black Bean Chili, or make Vegan Black Bean Burgers like I did! That recipe is coming out next, so look for it!
Here are some great options of pressure cooker that are available.