Master Bean Recipe

Master Bean Recipe

Master Bean Recipe

Tom Lacalamita
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Pressure Cooking Time 12 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Course Side
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 4
Calories 325 kcal


  • 2 cups Dried kidney beans, pinto beans, or black beans picked over
  • 1 Medium onion whole, peeled
  • 1 Clove garlic peeled
  • 1/2 Green bell pepper cored, seeded, and cut in half
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 4 cups Water
  • Salt to taste


  • Rinse the beans in a colander under cold water. Soak the beans.
  • Place the beans in the pressure cooker. Add the onion, garlic, green bell pepper, bay leaf, and water.
  • Cover and bring to HIGH pressure over high heat. Lower the heat to stabilize the pressure. Cook for 12 minutes (or 18 minutes on LOW pressure).
  • Release the pressure automatically.
  • Unlock and open the lid. Taste the beans. If they’re still hard, return to step 3 and cook for an additional 2 to 4 minutes or until tender.
  • Remove and discard the onion, garlic, green bell pepper, and bay leaf. Season with salt.
  • If not using the cooked beans right away, store them in their cooking liquid, in a covered container in the refrigerator, up to a week.


Calories: 325kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 21gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 25mgPotassium: 1316mgFiber: 15gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 55IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 90mgIron: 6mg
Food Group Rice, Pasta & Grains, Vegetables
Keyword Affordable, Easy, Quick
Cooking Method Pressure Cooking
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