Caribbean black beans

This week I have put my pressure cooker to work and holy crap…I think I have used it almost every day this week. My first time owning one and I am in love. I made my chickpea curry recipe two times in a row and then I made these caribbean black beans that are to die for. To tell you I am in love with the InstaPot is an understatement.

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You see, I have never owned a pressure cooker because for some reason I was afraid of them. Not anymore. I have had my InstaPot in the box for over 3 months and I really don’t know why it took me so long to put it to work.

Canned beans are going to be out of the picture from now on. I have already bought enough beans where I don’t have to buy any canned variety. I just have to make sure to soak the beans overnight and then just cook them for a mere 20 minutes.

If you pre-soak the beans, this recipe will only take you about 20 minutes to make. While pre-soaking the beans is optional I prefer to do so since the cooking time gets cut by half so instead of taking about 40 minutes with dried beans it will take you just 20 for them to cook.

I am going to post the other chickpea curry recipe I made twice already in the blog. Super easy as well. I also wanted to make a video of this recipe so that you can see how easy it is to make. If you don’t have a pressure cooker I urge to get one. This brand that I have is rather easy to use and does different things.

I hope you like this caribbean black beans. I couldn’t believe how delicious it was since the recipe was so simple.


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Caribbean black beans

Miryam's original recipe

Yield: 8 servings

Total Time: 25-30 minutes


  • 1 lb black beans, pre-soaked over night
  • 14 oz coconut cream, or coconut milk
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 2 large peppers, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbs tomato paste
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp celtic salt
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 4 cups hot water





In your InstaPot, or any pressure cooker, add all the ingredients. No need to mix it through. I did a bit but no need.

Close the lid and set the pressure cooker to 20-25 minutes. Enjoy with some brown rice or by itself.

NOTE: You can serve this with brown rice, I did!

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  1. That’s a very modern pressure cooker…mine is a stone age version..need to get a new one this year too. The black bean dish looks very delicious! One of reasons I don’t go paleo is because the legumes ain’t allowed in this diet…quite strange since they are so healthy and nutritious.

    Have a wonderful week ahead! Angie

  2. This looks just delicious.  Love the coconut milk addition and I got a pressure cooker for Christmas.  So this is going down!  Love the video :)

  3. I can’t wait to get an Instant Pot.  I have been eyeing them for the last year or so and everyone that has them, absolutely loves them!  Thank you Miryam for always posting beautiful, healthy recipes!!  Looking forward to trying this one too…great idea to add coconut.

  4. I love my pressure cooker, but don’t use it nearly enough.  I love that you made these beans in it, so much great flavor!

  5. These look awesome! I would love to put these beans into a burrito bowl and have it for lunch or dinner! 

  6. I don’t own a pressure cooker, but I’m thinking I need one ASAP! I’m thinking these beans alongside a trio of street tacos needs to happen!

  7. I am seeing the InstaPot everywhere! Looks like I will have to get one and make these beans. The flavor mix sounds crazy good! 

  8. This looks really great! I’ve never used a pressure cooker, but I just watched a cooking show tonight and they were using one. Now this. Universe trying to tell me something?!

  9. Those look amazing!!
    I have heard a lot of great things about those Instapots. May just have to ask for one when my birthday comes up!!

  10. Hola desde San Sebastián de los Reyes,  estoy viendo Madrileños x el mundo y acabo de descubrir tu maravilloso blog, enhorabuena.  Se ve que eres una persona muy maja, te deseo todo lo mejor 

    • Ah muchas gracias. Tengo que visitar San Sebastian este verano que nunca he ido y mi madre viviendo en Cantabria no esta muy lejos. San Sebastian se ve de lo mejor. Ojala viviese ahi en vez de este asquito de NJ :-)

  11. This looks great and I got a insta  pot for Xmas and love lo v e love it  you can make everything from breakfast to desserts

  12. That is a good looking pessure cooker, I need to check the Insta pot out.  Mine is from India and love it, although I understand, it is scary.   There’s not a day I go without cooking in it, we use it a lot in Indian cooking.
    Those beans look super delicious Miriam, full of flavor and good.

  13. I’m also in the club of too scared to use a pressure cooker – although this recipe has me convinced I need to take the leap!

  14. This is new for me, they looks so d good, I’ll have to try them.

  15. This looks awesome. I just got am instant pot too. What setting did you use to cook these?  Another question is did it take a long time to build up the pressure before cooking?

  16. All I see is comments about your pressure cooker no directions directions would be nice. Is it one pound of dried beans or one pound of prepared beans how long do you cook it when do you mix the ingredients together those would be nice to put in your recipe rather than bragging about your pressure cooker just saying.

    • There is not much to it at all but pressing two electronic keys on the pressure cooker panel. In addition there is a video of the recipe and you can actually see what I press….and besides you should read the instructions that come with the device if you purchase it for your own safety. What else do you want? “Just saying”

  17. These beans are delicious! Wow! Thanks for the recipe.

  18. Can you make this without soaking overnight? It sounds delicious:)

  19. Hi. You didn’t mention whether or not you drained the beans after soaking. The picture goes by very fast, but they look drained and I’m thinking with 4 cups of water it’s pretty certain you did, but I wanted to double check. Thanks!

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