Black Beans with Bacon and Tequila
Bacon gives these beans a subtle smokiness, and chipotle chilies add both smoke and spice. If you decide to use the optional tequila, save your top-shelf bottle for sipping; any inexpensive tequila worked well here. Offer the beans as a side to any Tex-Mex or Mexican-style main, or use them as a filling in tacos and burritos. Or make a light meal out of them by serving with rice, sour cream and salsa. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to three days; when reheating, thin with broth or water to the desired consistency.
Servings
6servings
Cook Time
75 minutes for pressure cook
Servings
6servings
Cook Time
75 minutes for pressure cook
Ingredients
  • 6slices baconroughly chopped
  • 1 large yellow onionfinely chopped
  • 10 medium garlic clovesfinely chopped
  • 1tbsp ground cumin
  • 4 chipotle chilies in adobominced, plus 2 tbsp adobo sauce
  • 1/4cup tequilaoptional
  • 1 1/4qt low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2cups dried black beansrinsed and drained (1 pound)
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 3tbsp lime juiceplus lime wedges to serve
  • 1tbsp packed brown sugar
  • chopped fresh cilantroto serve
Instructions
  1. START: On a 6-quart Instant Pot, select More/High Sauté. Add the bacon and cook, stirring, until browned and crisp, 5 to 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel–lined plate and set aside. Add the onion to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 6 to 7 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cumin and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the minced chipotle chilies and the tequila (if using) and cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 3 minutes. Stir in the broth, beans and 1 teaspoon salt.
  2. Fast: Press Cancel, lock the lid in place and move the pressure valve to Sealing. Select Pressure Cook or Manual; make sure the pressure level is set to High. Set the cooking time for 35 minutes. When pressure cooking is complete, allow the pressure to reduce naturally for 20 minutes, then release the remaining steam by moving the pressure valve to Venting. Press Cancel, then carefully open the pot.

    –OR–

    Slow: With the pot still on More/High Sauté, bring the mixture to a boil. Press Cancel, lock the lid in place and move the pressure valve to Venting. Select Slow Cook and set the temperature to Less/Low. Set the cooking time for 7 to 8 hours; the beans are done when they are fully tender. Press Cancel, then carefully open the pot.
  3. FINISH: Select Normal/Medium Sauté and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the adobo sauce, lime juice, sugar and reserved bacon. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with cilantro and with lime wedges on the side.
Recipe Notes

Don’t soak the black beans. In the Instant Pot, the unsoaked beans were plump and tender after only 35 minutes of pressure cooking and after 7 to 8 hours of slow cooking. Soaked beans will end up overdone if cooked for the same amount of time.