Funny story behind these beans… Do you ever have plans to cook something and it goes haywire once you get to the store? I actually went to the store with the plans to make black eyed peas, but the only dried bean sold at Trader Joe’s were black beans! So I made due. I get a lot of my cooking tricks from my dad – especially my messiness & just throwing random things together and crossing my fingers that it will work. He’s a bit better at that last part than me, but I’m learning from the best!
Back to the black beans. I absolutely love them! I don’t eat beans too often because they bloat me like a mofo, but when I do, I enjoy the heck out of them. This is actually the first time I’ve made them in the Instant Pot as well, and guess what… you don’t even have to soak the beans before adding them to the pot! Instant Pots are magicians. This meal is incredibly affordable as well. Dried black beans, onion, garlic, celery, bell pepper, chicken stock – all low price items at any grocery store. I also added spices I already had in my pantry! Get excited to make this simple, flavorful side dish that anyone will love!
Let’s get cooking!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 6 people as a side
- 4 Raw, Thick Strips Bacon (6 Thin Strips), chopped
- 1 Large White Onion, chopped
- 2 Celery Stalks, chopped
- 1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
- 1 Tbsp Fresh Garlic, minced
- 2 Large Handfuls Kale, roughly chopped
- 1/2 Tsp Paprika
- 1/2 Tsp Black Pepper
- 1 Tsp Cumin
- 1 Tsp Dried Oregano
- 1 1/2 cup Black Beans, dried
- 4 1/2 cups Organic, Low Sodium Chicken Broth
- Press the “Sauté” button on your Instant Pot. Add bacon and cook until oil starts to form in the pot – about 2-3 minutes.
- Add onion, celery, and bell pepper and cook another 6-8 minutes, or until slightly transparent.
- Add minced garlic, kale, and all seasonings. Stir to combine and cook, stirring frequently, for 2-3 more minutes.
- Add dried black beans and chicken broth and stir to combine everything together.
- Press the “Cancel” button on your Instant Pot to stop cooking.
- Press the “Beans/Lentil” button and set timer to 28 minutes (25 minutes if you like your beans a bit more firm). Put the lid on the pot, set the pressure valve to closed, and let the Instant Pot do it’s magic.
- Once the timer goes off, let the beans sit for 15 minutes prior to opening the top. Release the pressure valve, open the lid, stir, and serve how you like!
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Yours In Health,