- 1 tablespoon avocado oil (for high heat use)
- 1 pound dried black beans. You can soak overnight, or skip it. Either way, rinse the beans and discard any broken beans or dirt clods.
- 1 onion, chopped
- 6 whole garlic cloves
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 orange, cut in half (don’t peel)
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 quarts homemade or store-bought low-sodium vegetable stock
- 1 piece of dried kombu (look for this in the Asian aisle)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
- For garnish: chopped fresh cilantro, avocado, hot sauce, etc.
Set pressure cooker to sauté mode. Heat oil in pressure cooker until shimmering. Add the onion, and sauté until it starts to brown, stirring frequently. Then, toss in the garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, and oregano. Sauté for a minute, stirring so the spices and garlic don’t burn.
Add beans, orange, bay leaves, low-sodium vegetable stock, and 1 teaspoon salt. Turn the Instant Pot, and turn it back on, putting it in manual mode. Set for 40 minutes (on the basic models like mine, the only setting is for high pressure). Cover, and cook at high pressure for 40 minutes.
For extra-tender and creamy beans, allow pressure to release naturally. For firmer beans, use quick-release valve on the electric pressure cooker, or run a stovetop pressure cooker under cold running water until pressure dissipates.
Remove lid (always face the lid away from you when opening the pressure cooker). Discard the orange and bay leaves.
Season to taste with salt and serve. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro, hot sauce, and other condiments of choice.
If you have leftover beans, you can use them to make a soup later in the week.
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