One of the main elements in the Costa Rican diet are beans, with black and red beans being the most popular. In my house, you always go to find black beans, in my refrigerator, or the freezer. I love having frozen small portions that I can easily defrost when I need to make gallo pinto.
I prefer black beans and I cook one pound of beans every week to use during the week. I love to eat it as a soup, in gallo pinto or as refried beans, and as a side dish in many of my meals.
This recipe is adapted to cook in the Instant Pot, but you can also cook it in a conventional pressure cooker, only, it increases the cooking time to 45min.
Black Beans (frijoles negros)
400g dry black beans pre soak in water for 8 to 12 hours
1 big onion chopped
1 green-red pepper chopped
1/3 cup chopped celery
4 garlic cloves minced
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp dry oregano
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground pepper
5 cups of water
Add all the ingredients in the Instant pot, Lock the lid on and set the Instant Pot to High Pressure for 35 minutes. Once the beans are done cooking, let the pressure release naturally for 20 minutes before releasing the remaining pressure. Open and serve!
Let the beans get cool completely before saving them in the fridge or freezer.
Hi I'm Meli and I love food, I love cooking, I love eating, I love traveling and I love Costa Rica. I want to share a little bit of my culture through my food