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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

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  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups 1x


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)

  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Beans
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American