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Hearty Black Bean Soup Recipe – Instant Pot – Home Pressure Cooking

Written by: Emily Smith

This black bean soup is my go-to comfort food. It's hearty, packed with flavor, and so easy to whip up in my Instant Pot. Perfect for those chilly nights!

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I'm about to share my go-to recipe for a cold, wintery night. It's a hearty black bean soup, packed with deep flavors, warming spices, and a delightful medley of vegetables. Created in my trusty instant pot, this dish is the epitome of comfort food. Imagine huddling around the dining table, spoons diving into a steaming bowl of this homemade goodness. Trust me, each spoonful is a journey where rustic charm meets cozy satisfaction. Cooking at home never felt more rewarding!

Ingredients for Hearty Black Bean Soup

  • Black beans: Hearty base, packed with protein and fiber, adds texture and flavor, making the soup filling and satisfying.
  • Onion: Adds depth and sweetness, a flavor foundation that enhances the overall taste of the soup.
  • Garlic: Aromatic and savory, infuses the soup with a rich and robust flavor, elevating its taste profile.
  • Red bell pepper: Sweetness and crunch, adds a pop of color, and provides a subtle sweetness to balance the savory elements.
  • Diced tomatoes: Tangy and juicy, adds acidity and brightness, enhancing the overall flavor profile of the soup.
  • Vegetable broth: Provides a savory base, adds depth of flavor, and ensures the soup is rich and full-bodied.
  • Cumin: Earthy and warm, adds a smoky depth and enhances the overall complexity of flavors in the soup.
  • Chili powder: Adds a kick of heat and depth of flavor, balancing the sweetness of other ingredients in the soup.

Essential Tools for Making Black Bean Soup in an Instant Pot

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the black bean soup quickly while infusing flavors perfectly.
  • Immersion Blender: Helps partially blend the soup for a thicker consistency without transferring to another container.

Serves: 6 people

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes


  • 2 cans (15 oz each) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, chopped cilantro, shredded cheese


  1. Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode and add a bit of oil. Sauté the onion, garlic, and bell pepper until softened.
  2. Add the black beans, diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper to the Instant Pot.
  3. Close the lid, set the valve to sealing, and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.
  4. Allow for a natural pressure release for 10 minutes before manually releasing any remaining pressure.
  5. Use an immersion blender to partially blend the soup for a thicker consistency.
  6. Serve hot with optional toppings like sour cream, cilantro, and shredded cheese.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 220 kcal | Carbohydrates: 40 g | Protein: 12 g | Total Fat: 1.5 g | Saturated Fat: 0.5 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 780 mg | Dietary Fiber: 12 g | Sugar: 5 g | Calcium: 100 mg | Potassium: 800 mg | Iron: 4 mg | Vitamin A: 500 µg | Vitamin C: 30 mg

Make-Ahead and Freezing Tips for Black Bean Soup

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the soup as directed, allowing it to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat on the stove or in the microwave before serving.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cool the soup completely before freezing.
  • Transfer to a freezer-safe container or resealable bags.
  • Label with the date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating on the stove or in the microwave.

One interesting fact about this hearty black bean soup recipe is that adding a splash of lime juice right before serving can enhance the flavors and give the soup a refreshing twist.

Common Questions About Making Hearty Black Bean Soup in an Instant Pot

Can I use dried black beans instead of canned for this recipe?
Yes, you can use dried black beans, but you will need to soak them overnight and adjust the cooking time accordingly.
How long can I store the leftover black bean soup?
You can store the leftover soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
Can I freeze this black bean soup?
Yes, you can freeze this soup. Allow it to cool completely, then store it in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.
Can I make this recipe on the stovetop instead of using an Instant Pot?
Yes, you can make this soup on the stovetop. Simmer the ingredients in a pot for about 30-40 minutes until the flavors meld together.
How can I make this soup spicier?
To make the soup spicier, you can add more chili powder, a dash of hot sauce, or some diced jalapeños while cooking. Adjust to your preferred spice level.

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