Pressure Cooker Black Beans and Chorizo is a spicy, flavorful Instant Pot recipe that makes a great dinner or a delicious side dish.
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Pressure Cooker Black Beans and Chorizo
I’ve used my Instant Pot a lot this winter and I’ve gotten pretty good at it. This Pressure Cooker Black Beans and Chorizo recipe is one of my favorites. I love beans. I grew up eating black-eyed peas and navy beans. I’m from the south so my mom and grandma would cook them in big pots with a ham bone in them and let all of those flavors meld together while the beans softened. I’m hungry just thinking about it. The whole process took many hours and I think I’ve made one of their recipes, starting with dry beans, once or twice. The convenience of a can of beans was too good to pass up. It’s hard to cook all of that flavor into canned beans though without turning them into mush. Then came my pressure cooker. Now I can turn dry black beans into amazing, flavorful pressure cooker black beans and chorizo in under an hour.
PRESSURE COOKER BLACK BEANS AND CHORIZO
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When I realized how much quicker a pressure cooker made cooking beans I was pretty excited. I thought about giving one of my mom’s recipes a try but in the end I gave it my own little twist. Instead of cooking beans with a ham bone for flavor I made a big batch of black beans cooked with a few pieces of Portuguese chorizo (chouriço in Portuguese) courtesy of Melinda’s parents. If you don’t have Portuguese chorizo you can use Spanish chorizo with the same results. It is a firm, cured meat that is full of flavor and as it cooks in the pressure cooker with the dried black beans they soak it all up.
What you end up with is a mildly spicy pot of black beans that is perfect spooned over a bowl of rice and topped with a little pico de gallo. It can be be a side dish for taco night and it’s hearty enough to be a meal in and of itself. You can even add a little extra broth to the recipe and make it a soup. My guy said they were the best black beans he’s ever had!
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What you will need to make Pressure Cooker Black Beans and Chorizo:
- Instant Pot or other pressure cooker – Speed up the cooking process without sacrificing the flavor by using a pressure cooker to make your beans.
Rinse the black beans until water to clean them.
Add onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder, bay leaves, broth black beans, and chorizo to the pressure cooker and set to HIGH pressure for 45 minutes.
After 45 minutes let the pressure cooker do a natural release, cooling until the pressure lowers enough that it can be opened safely.
Salt to taste.
Serve beans over a big bowl of rice topped with fresh pico de gallo and enjoy!