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Spicy Black Beans with Cilantro

Spicy Black Beans with Cilantro are great for a side dish, and these beans are so easy to make in the Instant Pot or the slow cooker! If you’re avoiding beans, check out Low-Carb Recipes to see if something else will catch your eye. 

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I’m updating an old favorite slow cooker recipe today, so now you can make Spicy Black Beans with Cilantro in the Instant Pot or the Slow Cooker. The flavorful black beans were so easy to cook in the Instant Pot without soaking the beans first. However, it’s important to use fresh beans when you’re not soaking them; the ones that have been on the store shelf or in the pantry for a while will take much longer to cook.

The black beans cook in vegetable stock with minced garlic and dried cilantro, and if you have some I’d add the Mexican herb called Epazote. When they’re cooked the beans get spicier with chopped cilantro, diced green chiles, and some lime juice that cooks with the beans for a few minutes. And we loved the tomato, green onion, and cilantro mixture served on top of the beans, but purchased guacamole was also amazing served with these beans!

What is Epazote?

Epazote is a perennial herb that’s used in Mexican cooking, especially to add to beans. It can be used fresh but Dried Epazote (affiliate link) is most common in the U.S. and adding some Epazote to your beans not only adds flavor, but it makes beans easier to digest. Don’t use too much or you might not like the strong flavor, although cooking mellows the flavor, and I think it’s especially good with black beans.

What Size Instant Pot Did I Use?

I use a 6 Quart Instant Pot (affiliate link) for all my Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot Recipes! You can find more Instant Pot Recipes on my other site, Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker.

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How to Make Spicy Black Beans with Cilantro:

(These are the Instant Pot instructions. Scroll down to the complete recipe for slow cooker instructions and nutritional information.

  1. Put black beans in the Instant Pot with broth,oil, minced garlic, dried cilantro, and Epazote (if using.)
  2. Lock lid and set Instant Pot to MANUAL, HIGH TEMPERATURE, 45 minutes.
  3. When time ends, let it natural release 20 minutes, then quick release. 
  4. While beans cook, chop cilantro and get diced green chiles and fresh lime juice ready.
  5. When Pressure is released stir in chopped cilantro, diced green chiles and lime juice. Use SAUTE, MEDIUM TEMPERATURE, and cook 5 minutes.
  6. While that cooks, chop up diced tomatoes and slice green onion if you’re making the tomato topping. 
  7. Combine sliced green onion, diced tomatoes and the rest of the chopped cilantro with lime juice and olive oil to make the tomato topping.
  8. We also loved these beans with this favorite purchased guacamole on top if you don’t have fresh tomatoes or don’t want to bother making the tomato mixture!

Spicy Black Beans with Cilantro finished beans

Make it a Meal:

I served my beans with Cuban Flank Steak. This would also be amazing with Salsa Verde Chicken Bake or Southwestern Pot Roast.

More Tasty Recipes with Black Beans:

Southwestern Quinoa Salad with Black Beans from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Slow Cooker Puerto Rican Black Beans with Sofrito from The Perfect Pantry
Black Bean and Pepper Salad from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Spicy Black Beans with Cilantro finished beans

Spicy Black Beans with Cilantro

Yield 8 side dish servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes

Spicy Black Beans with Cilantro are great for a side dish, and this recipe has instructions for making the black beans in the Instant Pot or the slow cooker!

Ingredients

For Beans in Instant Pot or Slow Cooker

  • 1 lb. dried black beans (see notes)
  • 4 cups vegetable stock ( see notes)
  • 1 T dried cilantro
  • 1 T minced  garlic (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. dried Epazote (see notes)
  • 1/2 chopped fresh cilantro (measure after chopping)
  • one 4 oz. can diced green chiles
  • 2 T fresh-squeezed lime juice

For Tomato-Cilantro Salsa (if using)

  • 1/4 cup sliced green onion
  • 2 cups diced fresh tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (measure after chopping)
  • 2 T fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 T olive oil

Instructions

  1. Put black beans in the Instant Pot with vegetable broth, olive oil, minced garlic, dried cilantro, and Epazote (if using.)
  2. Lock lid and set Instant Pot to MANUAL, HIGH TEMPERATURE, 45 minutes.
  3. When cooking time ends, let it natural release 20 minutes, then release the pressure.
  4. While beans cook chop cilantro and get diced green chiles and fresh lime juice ready.
  5. When Pressure is released stir in 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, can of diced green chiles and 2 T lime juice.
  6. Use SAUTE, MEDIUM TEMPERATURE, and cook 5 minutes.
  7. While that cooks, chop up diced tomatoes and slice green onion if you're making the tomato-cilantro mixture.
  8. Combine sliced green onion, diced tomatoes and the rest of the chopped cilantro with lime juice and olive oil to make the tomato topping.
  9. We also loved these beans with purchased guacamole on top if you don't have fresh tomatoes or don't want to bother making the tomato mixture!


Slow Cooker Instructions:

1. The night before you plan to cook this, rinse beans and pick out broken pieces.

2. Place beans in a large slow cooker (at least 4 quarts), cover with cold water by several inches, and soak overnight.

3. The next morning, rinse and drain beans, then place beans, stock, dried cilantro, minced garlic, and dried Epazote (if using) in Slow Cooker.

4. Cook all day on low, 8-10 hours for very soft beans. (If you want firmer beans, start to check after about 7 hours.

5. When beans are as soft as you prefer, wash fresh cilantro and dry well. (I used a salad spinner.)

6. Chop enough cilantro to measure one cup (or less if not making tomato mixture).

7. Turn slow cooker to low and stir in 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, diced green chiles, and lime juice.

8. Let beans cook 20-30 minutes more.

9. Serve immediately, garnished with tomato/cilantro mixture if desired.

Notes

For the slow cooker beans will cook better if they're soaked overnight. I love Epazote (affiliate link) in dried beans, but it's completely optional. You can use chicken stock if you prefer. Minced garlic from a jar is fine for this.

Recipe created by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 233Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 341mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 10gSugar: 4gProtein: 13g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Beans cooked like this make a perfect side dish for any phase of the original South Beach Diet and they’re also good for low-glycemic diets. Dried beans are too high in carbs for a low-carb diet plan.

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
The Slow Cooker version of these black beans was first posted in 2006 and updated in 2012. The post was updated in September 2020 with slow cooker and Instant Pot instructions.

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    41 Comments on “Spicy Black Beans with Cilantro”

  1. Great recipe! This was my first time making beans from scratch. The recipe was easy to follow and turned out delicious.