Pressure Cooker Refried Black Beans
I make these beans to remember Oaxaca.1 Every meal came with tortillas and a bowl of thick, saucy black beans. I still dream about breakfast – fried eggs with salsa, tortillas, and a small dish of these black beans on the side.
This is how I make those beans at home. I add 1/4 teaspoon of fennel seeds to replace the sprig of fresh epazote that flavors every pot of beans in Oaxaca. And, I refry them, to thicken up the sauce even more. I’m aiming for some whole beans in a thick sauce, not perfectly smooth beans with this recipe. 2
And, of course, I use my pressure cooker. Refried beans in about an hour? Instead of simmering all day? That’s a no brainer. (If you don’t have a pressure cooker, check out the Notes section for stovetop instructions.)
Recipe: Pressure Cooker Refried Black Beans
- 6 quart or larger pressure cooker (I use an Instant Pot electric PC)
- Large fry pan
- These are rustic, chunky refried beans. If you want smooth beans, use a food processor. After step 1 is complete, pour the beans and their liquid into a food processor. Process until smooth, about 1 minute.
- If you want to speed up the pressure cooking, soak the beans overnight in 1 quart of water. Drain the beans, use the recipe as written (including the 3 cups of water in the pressure cooker), but cut the time under pressure to 15 minutes.
- No pressure cooker? No problem. Cook the beans in a large sauce pot with a lid. Instead of pressure cooking, bring the pot to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cover with the lid ajar so some steam can escape. Cook for 2 hours, or until the beans are completely cooked. You may have to add water during the cooking time to keep the beans submerged. Once the beans are cooked, continue with Step 2.
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I’ll do anything to remind myself of my trip to Oaxaca. They promised me if I ate chapulines – deep fried, chile dusted grasshopper – I was fated to come back. Hey, who am I to argue with fate? And…deep fried grasshoppers taste like Doritos. Just sayin.↩
If you want smooth beans, toss everything in the food processor and run it for a minute.↩