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Pressure Cooker Cuban Black Bean Soup Recipe

by Jeanette on October 2, 2013 · 33 Comments
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This Pressure Cooker Cuban Black Bean Soup takes just 15 minutes to cook, just an example of how a pressure cooker can speed up the cooking process on busy nights.
Pressure Cooker Cuban Black Bean Soup © Jeanette's Healthy Living

I’ve been playing around with my new pressure cooker and having fun remaking slow cooked meals in it as well as recipes that I just cook on the stove top in a regular pot. I made some chicken stock and the flavor was incredible. The pressure cooker is the opposite of a slow cooker. Both have their place in the kitchen, and there will be days where I get dinner started early and make Asian Chicken Stew in my crockpot, and other days when I’m running late, and make Turkey Bolognese Sauce in my pressure cooker.

For this Pressure Cooker Cuban Black Bean Soup, I modified my Crockpot Cuban Black Bean Soup recipe, ramping up the spices a bit to even more flavor.

Pressure Cooker Black Bean Soup

One of the foods that I’ve been wanting to try in a pressure cooker is dried beans. I love using dried beans, but sometimes the thought of cooking them for an hour before I can use them just gets in the way. Beans are really easy to cook and so much better if you make them yourself instead of canned beans. Not only can you control the amount of salt added (canned beans tend to be high in sodium), but you can also add layers of flavor that you just can’t get in canned beans.

With the pressure cooker, cooking beans on a weekday is a no brainer. All you have to do is soak the beans overnight. You can also soak them in water and keep them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook them. I actually left my beans soaking for a day and half because I was busy using my pressure cooker to make chicken stock the other night.

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This recipe for black bean soup took just 15 minutes to cook at high pressure, before I turned off the heat and let the pressure release naturally for another 15 minutes. I was skeptical that the beans would actually be cooked. However, when I tested the beans after the they had rested 15 minutes, the beans were just tender. If you want your beans cooked until they are really soft, I would increase the cooking time.

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For a creamier texture, I used an immersion blender to puree some of the soup in the pot, leaving some beans chunky for texture. The best part about using the pressure cooker for this Cuban Black Bean Soup was that I was able to serve a healthy soup for lunch to my kids when they were home one day.

Topped with avocado, tomatoes, red bell peppers, onions and scallions, and a drizzle of sherry vinegar, the boys really enjoyed this black bean soup.

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Pressure Cooker Cuban Black Bean Soup
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Serves: 6
  • 1 pound dried black beans, soaked overnight, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 4 cups water
  • chopped red bell pepper
  • chopped tomatoes
  • chopped avocado
  • finely chopped red onion
  • minced scallion
  1. Heat oil in a 5 quart pressure cooker. Add onion, red bell pepper, garlic, bay leaf, cumin and oregano. Saute until onions are soft and spices are fragrant, about 4-5 minutes. Add pre-soaked beans, black pepper, salt, vinegar, red wine and water.
  2. Cover and seal pressure cooker according to manufacturer instructions. When pressure cooker reaches high pressure, reduce heat to low and cook for 15 minutes, watching to make sure pressure cooker maintains high pressure. If necessary, turn off heat to regulate pressure, and turn back on as necessary. Turn off heat and let pressure release naturally for 15 minutes. Release any remaining pressure according to manufacturer instructions. Remove lid and use immersion blender to partially blend beans in soup, if desired.
  3. Serve with assorted garnishes.
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  1. This soup looks wonderful! I grew up eating beans more often, but my family (husband and kids) don’t really enjoy it as much as I do (WHY?!?!). I haven’t given up yet but most likely I end up eating more than necessary. =P Love to try this one of these days. Looks yummy!!

    • Nami – it is interesting how some people love beans and others dislike them. One of my kids doesn’t like the texture of beans while the others love them. Hoping to convert my one son one day 😉

  2. I definitely need to try the pressure cooker bean cooking method. So often I forget to soak my beans the night before and then it sets me back a day before I can cook!

    Love this hearty soup!

    • Joanne – I am absolutely loving my pressure cooker – makes it a no brainer for cooking foods like beans that I might otherwise not be able to make on a weeknight.

  3. You said the magic words, Cuban Black Beans. When I visited my Grandparents in Florida, we would enjoy their neighbors delicious Cuban Black Beans over rice…..so good! Love this recipe, so perfect on a cozy cool Fall day:-) Yum, Hugs, Terra

  4. Boy I wish I could eat more black beans. I do love them! This looks wonderful.

  5. This looks too good! On my list when it gets cold here!

  6. LOVE making beans from scratch using my pressure cooker! Such a time saver and it seals in all the flavor! Love this savory bean soup, Jeanette :)

    • Kiran, I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to make beans in a pressure cooker. I’ve seen pressure cookers in our local Indian grocery store and now I know why – speeds up cooking beans incredibly.

  7. My husband has been talking to me about a pressure cooker for years (he’s a big fan) and looking at this recipe and the delicious result, it’s hard to argue! A perfect busy family solution.

    • Kelly, I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to try a pressure cooker – now that I have one, I use it all the time.

  8. I love love using my pressure cooker. This bean soup looks so nice, I am so glad my family loves soups and beans in particular. Looks really nice.

  9. Love beans, but I thought pressure cookers were for meat and chicken etc. Pardon my ignorance but never used one… sounds very interesting though.
    thanks for the post

    • Manny, I’d never thought to make beans in a pressure cooker before either, but it works really well and reduces the cooking time significantly.

    • You can prepare any meal that you can prepare on the stove top or slow cooker in a pressure cooler. And the pressure cookers they have today are so much safer that those that were used when I was a child. Today’s pressure cookers are usually electric and are easy to use. And since it is so quick, you can eat more healthier by using fresh ingredients that are fused together to give you fantastic flavors and aromas. I can go on and on, but all I have to say is purchase one. You wont be sorry. QVC.com or HSN.com are two good places to purchase one. I have two, one from each site. Good luck.

      • Lesa – thanks for sharing. I love using the pressure cooker – and you’re so right, much safer than the one I remember my mom using.

  10. It sounds great and the fresh chopped veggies sound like the perfect compliment!

  11. Patents guy says:

    Those pictures just look divine and make me feel a massive massive craving for black bean soup. YUM.

  12. I’ve made this soup several times and it’s absolutely delicious! I power soak the beans instead of soaking them all night, but it is really superb. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Sarah – so glad you have been enjoying this soup. Great idea quick soaking the beans to make this go even faster!

  13. At what point do you add the beans? The recipe doesn’t call for adding the beans at any time.

    • Hi Magie – I fixed the instructions – you add the beans after sauteeing the onions. Thanks for catching that.

  14. I made this Mother’s Day morning. It was supposed to be for my son and I in the evening, but everyone who came through the house to go in the back yard commented on the incredible fragrance. So, my son and I just added bowls to the picnic table set up, ladled a little in, topped with avocado slices for a first course, and it was the unexpected star of the meal. Thank you for sharing xoxo Shellie

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Shellie – so glad you tried this recipe and your family enjoyed it. Thanks so much for letting me know!

  15. A wonderful recipe book for pressure cookers, especially for those just beginning, is the Quick and Easy Pressure Cooking by Bob Warden. Even after I bought my pressure cooker I was a bit anxious to use it but the book was really easy to follow and helped me a lot.

  16. Hi Jeanette, do you remember what brand of black beans you used?

    • Hi Mark – I don’t remember what brand I used – they might have been bulk dried beans from Whole Foods. You can use any kind.

  17. Hi Jeanette: This is my first visit to your site. I’m getting ready to make this now for lunch or dinner. This will be my fourth use of my pressure cooker. 1st = fail on cooking butter beans (ended up with mush) 2nd = pulled pork in 45 minutes – wow! 3rd = quick chicken stock recipe from Alton Brown – amazing. What are your favorite pressure cooker meals?

    • Hi Lori, thanks for visiting! I’ve found stocks, stews and beans cook well in the pressure cooker. Beans take a very short period of time to cook – check your pressure cooker manual for times. It depends on the type of bean as well. Some beans can cook in as little as 3-4 minutes (my manual says butter beans cook in the same amount of time as lima beans which is 3-4 minutes on the first red ring), and others take up to 14 minutes (that’s the longest cooking bean in my manual).

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