Instant Pot Cuban Mojo Black Beans Recipe

Create delicious Cuban-style black beans seasoned from the inside out in your Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker. Serve black beans with cooked rice, quinoa, or other healthful grains and garnishes.

– 3 tablespoons (45 ml) olive oil – ▢1 cup (160 g) chopped red or yellow onion – ▢6 chopped garlic clove – ▢1 green jalapeño pepper, chopped – ▢2 teaspoons smoked or sweet paprika – ▢2 teaspoons dried oregano – ▢1 teaspoon whole cumin seed – ▢1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce from a can, depending on your heat preference – ▢Kosher salt * see note – ▢1 pound (450 g) dried black beans, picked over and rinsed – ▢2 bay leave – ▢¼ cup (60 ml) fresh orange juice – ▢2 tablespoons (30 ml) fresh lime juice – ▢4 cups (1 l) water – ▢Sliced avocado Garnish ideas – use one or all! – ▢Thinly sliced sweet white onion – ▢Chopped scallion – ▢Chopped fresh cilantro – ▢Lime wedge – ▢Fresh crumbled cheese such as feta, goat cheese or quest fresco – ▢Plain yogurt or sour cream – ▢Hot sauce, I love this one


Preheat an electric pressure cooker on high heat using the “saute” button. Once the inside pot is heated, add olive oil and onion. Stir regularly until the onion softens, 3–5 minutes. 



Add garlic, jalapeño, paprika, oregano, cumin seeds, chipotle, and 1 tablespoon salt and stir until aromatic and covered in oil, about 30 seconds.


Pour in black beans, bay leaves, orange and lime juice, and water. Lock the pressure cooker cover and cook on high for 45 minutes to release pressure naturally.


Additional salt may be needed after tasting the beans. Serve beans in bowls with cooked rice, quinoa, or other nutritious grains. Add garnishes and enjoy.


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