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Dirty Black Beans

My husband and I went to Puerto Rico for our honeymoon, and Puerto Rican food has a soft spot in my heart. So these dirty beans pay homage to that. They're easy, and so delicious that I eat them without cheese (if you haven't read my other recipes, I REALLY like cheese). So throw them in your instant pot and get ready for a delicious meal!

Dirty Black Beans

Yield: 8 cups | Total Time: 1 hr (with coming to/releasing) pressure

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3 cups dried black beans

7 cups water (for pre-cooking)

splash of olive oil

4 pieces of bacon

2 cloves garlic

1/2 cup finely chopped green onions

1 T cilantro (dried or fresh)

1 T crushed coriander

2 T cumin

1 tsp salt

3.5 cups water (for cooking)

  1. Pressure cook dried black beans and 7 cups of water on high for 19 minutes

  2. While beans are cooking, finely chop garlic and chop green onions.

  3. Drain and rinse beans

  4. Set instant pot to sauté, then add a splash of olive oil and bacon

  5. Cook bacon for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, then add the garlic and sauté for an additional 2 minutes, stirring frequently

  6. Deglaze the pot with a splash of water, then add rinsed beans, 4 cups water, cilantro, coriander, cumin, salt, and green onions

  7. Switch to pressure cook, and cook on high for an additional 6 minutes (this will leave the beans more al dente. If you prefer your beans to be more of a mush, cook them for 10 minutes)

  8. Do a quick pressure release, and serve some up over any rice of your choosing and finish it off with a squirt of lime if you like. (The leftovers also taste amazing in quesadillas)

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Hi! I'm Felicia. I believe that food should be simple and the ingredients should be just that: ingredients. I also believe that balance and moderation are essential. So come to my kitchen, and let's make everyday family foods healthier. Or click here to learn more about me.

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