Instant Pot Rice and Beans (No Soaking)

instant pot rice and beans

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You can make Instant Pot Rice and Beans recipe tonight! With dried black beans, no soaking, no sauteing, in 30 minutes flat. Bam!

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • 2 cups brown rice, rinsed
  • 1 cup dried black beans, rinsed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cups water or low sodium broth
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes, low sodium
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • Hot sauce, optional


  1. In Instant Pot, add ingredients in the following order (do not change): onion, brown rice, black beans, water, cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, salt and diced tomatoes. Do not stir.
  2. Close the lid, turn pressure vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cooking on High for 22 minutes. If you live at altitude 2000 ft and above, cook for 25 minutes.
  3. After Instant Pot has finished cooking, release pressure using Quick Release method by turning valve to Venting and open the lid. If you live at altitude 2000 ft and above, use Natural Release.
  4. Add cilantro and gently stir. If rice and beans are a bit liquidy or tiny bit crunchy, close the lid and let them sit for 10 more minutes.
  5. Serve warm with hot sauce if desired and our favourite addition – cucumber and tomato salad. We love the pairing of hearty rice and beans with cool and fresh veggie salad. Or easy guacamole.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Freezer Meal: In a gallon size Ziplock bag, add all ingredients except water finishing with tomatoes on top. Let as much air out as possible, seal and freeze for up to 3 months. Pressure cook on High from frozen (don’t forget to add water) for 22 minutes with Quick Release. 


  • Can I use white rice? No. White rice and brown rice require different amount of liquid and cooking time.
  • Do I have to soak the beans? No.
  • Can I use red kidney or pinto beans? No. Believe it or not pinto and red beans take longer to cook in a pressure cooker. I do not recommend to use other kind of beans besides black beans.
  • Can I use canned beans? No. I hate to be “the recipe Grinch” but it’s just the reality. Canned beans are already cooked. If we use canned beans, what is going to happen to all that liquid that gets soaked up by dried beans?!
  • Can I add chicken? Yes. Small pieces of chicken breast or thighs added on top of rice will work. No other changes necessary. And if you decide to go with some sort of kielbasa one time, I will not judge you.:)
  • Can I use tomato sauce instead of diced tomatoes? No, sorry. It will probably instigate a “burn” message.
  • What to do for 3 quart Instant Pot? Cut ingredients in half but keep same cooking time.
  • If your rice and beans come out crunchy: Stir, close the lid and let it sit for 20 minutes. It should get there. Also, next time cook for 25 minutes and let pressure come down on its own. It could be the altitude or rice and beans brand.

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