Pressure Cooker Mexican Beans with Avocado-Poblano Salsa
posted by Kalyn Denny on March 3, 2014
Use the Instant Pot, an electric pressure cooker, or a stovetop pressure cooker to make these amazing Pressure Cooker Mexican Bean; they’re quick, easy, and delicious, and these beans are low-glycemic, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and South Beach Diet friendly. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.
I love black beans and garbanzos, but if I could only have one type of beans, I’d have to choose creamy and delicious pinto beans for my favorite. In the past I’ve loved them in creamy Pressure Cooker Refried Beans and my favorite Pinto Bean Salad with Avocado and Tomatoes, and this recipe for Pressure Cooker Mexican Beans with Avocado-Poblano Salsa is also going to be one of those pinto bean recipes that get repeated often. And it’s another new recipe to add to the growing collection of Pressure Cooker Recipes on the blog!
I made these a few times in my new Cuisinart Electric Pressure Cooker to get the timing and the seasonings just perfect, but you could definitely use the Instant Pot if that’s what you have. And it’s probably the addition of avocado salsa that really puts them over the top, although if you don’t want to bother making salsa, the beans would also be excellent topped with a purchased guacamole (like the Good Foods Chunky Guacamole Single Serve Cups I posted about recently.)
Beans like this are good in so many ways. You could eat them on a taco salad, in a burrito, or as a side dish, but I’d love simply a bowl of these beans topped with guacamole for a light meal. Of course, this is my Meatless Monday post for the week, and if you’re a pinto bean fan like I am, I hope you’ll try this recipe. (For more meatless recipe ideas, use the label Meatless Monday or Vegetarian Recipes in the recipe index. For Meatless Monday ideas from other bloggers, follow our Meatless Monday board on Pinterest.)
I know as soon as I post the recipe someone is going to ask me how to make it without a pressure cooker, and I haven’t done it that way so I can’t give you an exact recipe. But you can definitely cook the pinto beans in slow cooker, saute the onions and peppers like I did, and finish the dish simmering on the stove for 15-20 minutes. (I’d use a tiny bit more broth if you’re doing it on the stove.)
You can probably also finish the dish in the slow cooker after the beans are drained, in which case I’d use a little less broth and cook about an hour on high. If anyone tries a variation that doesn’t use a pressure cooker and has success with it, please come back and share details in the comments!
Rinse one pound of dried pinto beans and pick through the beans to remove any discolored or broken beans, or any thing that shouldn’t be there (sometimes dried beans even have rocks in them!)
Put the beans, 4 cups water, and 1 tablespoon olive oil into the pressure cooker and lock the lid.
Set pressure cooker for high pressure (or bring to high pressure on the stove if you’re using a stove-top pressure cooker.) Cook for 30 minutes at high pressure; then let the pressure reduce naturally.
While the beans are cooking chop up the onion, Poblano pepper (also called Pasilla peppers in many stores), red bell pepper, and green bell pepper.
Heat the other tablespoon oil in a large frying pan and saute the vegetables about 5 minutes; then add the minced garlic, ground cumin, Mexican oregano, and Sazon packets (if using) and cook 1-2 minutes more.
I love adding a couple of packets of this Goya Sazon to Mexican dishes, but it’s definitely optional.
After 30 minutes, drain the beans but don’t rinse.
Put beans back into the pressure cooker with the sauteed pepper mixture and 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth (or slightly more if you prefer your beans with a lot of liquid.)
Cook 6 minutes at high pressure and use the quick-release method for your pressure cooker. Season beans to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper.
Make the salsa (if using) and serve beans hot, with a generous scoop of avocado salsa or guacamole on top.
Pressure Cooker Mexican Beans with Avocado-Poblano Salsa
(Makes 6-8 servings; recipe inspired by Mexican-Style Pot Beans in The Pressure Cooker Cookbook, but my version ended up being pretty different than that recipe.)
1 lb. dried pinto beans (don’t use beans that have been sitting around in the pantry or store for years)
1 T + 1 T olive oil
1 large onion, chopped in pieces about 1/2 inch
1 large Poblano (Pasilla) pepper, chopped in pieces about 1/4 inch
1 large green bell pepper, chopped in pieces about 1/2 inch
1 large red bell pepper, chopped in pieces about 1/2 inch
1 T minced garlic (or less if you’re not that fond of garlic)
1 T ground cumin
2 tsp. dried Mexican oregano
2 packets Goya Sazon (optional, but they add a nice flavor)
3 cups vegetable broth or slightly more if you prefer your beans soupy (You can also use chicken broth if you don’t care if the recipe is vegan. Two 14 oz. can of broth is 3 1/2 cups.)
salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
Dump the dried pinto beans into a colander and pick over to remove any discolored or broken beans or foreign matter, then rinse with cold water. Put beans, 4 cups water and 1 tablespoon olive oil into pressure cooker, set to high pressure (or bring to high pressure on the stove) and cook for 30 minutes. Let the pressure come down naturally.
While the beans cook, chop the onion, Poblano pepper, green bell pepper, and red bell pepper. Heat the other tablespoon olive in in a large frying pan and saute the vegetables over medium-high heat about 5 minutes, until they’re barely starting to brown. Add the minced garlic, ground cumin, Mexican oregano, and Goya Sazon packets (if using) and saute about 2 minutes more.
If making the salsa, diced the avocados into 1/2 inch pieces, put in a small bowl, and toss with the lime juice. Chop the red onion and poblano and add to the avocado. Drizzle over the olive oil and sprinkle with salt and stir gently to combine.
When the pressure has come down on the beans, drain them into a colander placed in the sink (but do not rinse) and discard bean cooking water. (Check how done your beans are so you know if you need to adjust the cooking time; beans that are older will take longer to cook.) Put beans back into the pressure cooker with the pepper mixture. Rinse out the frying pan with the broth and add it to the pressure cooker. Set on high pressure (or bring to high on the stove) and cook 6 minutes (or a few minutes longer if the beans were not already quite soft after the 30 minutes cooking time.) Use the quick-release method for your pressure cooker.
Season beans to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper, and serve hot, with salsa if desired.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Beans are too high in carbs for traditional low-carb eating plans. This recipe is loaded with low-glycemic ingredients, and would be approved for any phase of the South Beach Diet. However, dried beans are a limited food for Phase One so this should probably be a side dish for that phase.
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