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Frijoles Negros a la Cubana

Raven Higheagle


The pressure cooker does a great job of cooking beans quickly, presoaking them for about 4 hours speeds the process even more.


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Serves 16
4 Hr
10 Min
Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot


  • 2 lb
    dried black beans (soaked for 4 hours in water to cover)
  • 2
    ham hocks
  • 4 tsp
    olive oil
  • 1/2 c
    diced smoked pork or salt pork
  • 1/2
    green bell pepper (diced)
  • 1
    onion (diced)
  • 1 clove
    garlic (minced)
  • 2
    bay leaves
  • 1 tsp
    ground black pepper
  • ·

How to Make Frijoles Negros a la Cubana


  1. In a bowl, soak the beans in water to cover by 2 inches for 4 hours. Drain.
  2. In a 6-quart pressure cooker, heat olive oil. Add smoked or salted pork and brown.
  3. Add bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Cook until onion is translucent and pepper is tender
  4. Add ham hock, bay leaf, black pepper, drained beans, and 3 cups water. Lock lid and place cooker over high heat.
  5. When regulator rotates, lower heat to medium-high and set timer for 6 minutes.
  6. When time is up, release pressure by removing cooker from heat, letting cool 10 minutes, then placing in sink under cold running water
  7. Season with salt to taste.

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