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Master Bean Recipe
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Master Bean Recipe

Pressure Cooking Time12 minutes
Total Time12 minutes
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Affordable, Easy, Quick
Product: Stove-top Pressure Cooker
Cooking Method: Pressure Cooking
Food Group: Rice, Pasta & Grains, Vegetables
Servings: 4
Calories: 325kcal
Author: Tom Lacalamita


  • 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: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 1316mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 6mg