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Instant Pot Ayocote Negro Beans

A bowl of cooked Ayocote Negro beans, with a spoon, a napkin, and a pressure cooker in the background
Instant Pot Ayocote Negro Beans

Instant Pot Ayocote Negro Beans. Big black Mexican beans in the pressure cooker.

I got a bag of these big beautiful black beans in my Rancho Gordo bean box, and had to give them a try.

These beans have grown in the Mexican highlands since pre-Columbian times. Ayocote is Spanish for runner beans, a name they picked up from the Aztec and pre-Aztec civilizations in the region. That said, don’t think “Mexican black beans” when you cook them. They have the runner bean flavor profile, starchy and meaty, similar to scarlet runner beans.

Do I soak Ayocote Negro beans? Yes.

I do soak these beans (unlike regular black beans). Ayocote Negro beans are so big that they need a soak to cook evenly in a pressure cooker. I do an overnight soak – when I remember – and a quick soak when I don’t remember. (Which, unfortunately, is most of the time. I’m an enthusiastic home cook, but not that good at planning ahead.)

Recipe: Instant Pot Ayocote Negro Beans

Inspired by: Ayocote Negro Bean – Rancho Gordo

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A bowl of cooked Ayocote Negro beans, with a spoon, a napkin, and a pressure cooker in the background

Instant Pot Ayocote Negro Beans


Instant Pot Ayocote Negro Beans. Big black Mexican beans in the pressure cooker.


  • 1 pound dried Ayocote Negro Beans, sorted and rinsed
  • 8 cups of water for soaking (see instructions)
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt for soaking (optional, see instructions)
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ an onion, peeled
  • 2 bay leaves


  1. Sort and rinse the beans: Sort the beans, discarding any stones, dirt, or broken beans. Rinse the beans, then do an overnight or a quick soak.
  2. Overnight soak: Cover the beans with the 8 cups of water, and sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of salt. Leave the beans to soak at least 8 hours, or overnight.
  3. OR: Pressure Quick Soak for 1 minute with a 30 minute rest: Put the beans and 8 cups of water in the pressure cooker pot, and sprinkle with the salt. Pressure cook at high pressure for 1 minute (“Manual” or “Pressure Cook” mode in an Instant Pot for 1 minute), then let the beans sit for 30 minutes before releasing any remaining pressure.
  4. Pressure Cook for 20 minutes with a Natural Pressure Release: Drain the beans, discarding the soaking liquid. Put the beans in the pressure cooker, add 5 cups of water, sprinkle with the teaspoon of salt, then add the onion half and the bay leaves. Lock the lid and pressure cook at high pressure for 20 minutes in an Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker, or for 16 minutes in a stovetop pressure cooker. (Use “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” mode in an Instant Pot.) Let the pressure come down naturally, about 30 minutes. (If you’re in a hurry, you can quick release any remaining pressure after 15 minutes of natural pressure release.)
  5. Serve: Discard the onion and bay leaves – they’ve given their all to the beans. Serve the beans with their broth, or drain the beans and serve.


You don’t need to overnight soak AND quick soak – do one or the other.

Can you skip the soak? Yes, if you pressure cook for 45 minutes with a Natural Pressure Release…and then check the beans. If they’re not cooked through, give them another 5 minutes under pressure to finish cooking.


6 quart or larger pressure cooker (I love my Instant Pot electric pressure cooker)

Keywords: Instant Pot Ayocote Negro Beans, Pressure Cooker Ayocote Negro Beans

What do you think?

Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below.

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Hi! I’m Mike Vrobel. I’m a dad and an enthusiastic home cook; an indie cookbook author and food blogger with a day job, a patient spouse, and three kids who would rather have hamburgers for dinner.


  1. Kathryn says

    I love the Ayocote Negro beans from Rancho Gordo. I dislike pre-soaking beans, and the Rancho Gordo beans are so fresh, relatively speaking, compared to supermarket beans that they usually need no soaking. These beans do well in my 6 quart Instant Pot at 65 min, High, with NPR. Just FWIW.

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