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Brazilian Black Beans

Brazilian black beans are a delicious and indulgent dish, making them a perfect family treat. This easy instant pot black beans recipe, is packed with comforting flavors from smoked sausage and bacon, plus, as all Brazilian recipes, it's loaded with all the garlic and onions. This big batch recipe freezes wonderfully, and will make your midweek dinners a breeze!
If you're looking for the slow cooker version of this recipe, check out Slow Cooker Black Beans Brazilian Style for instructions. If you need a vegetarian Black Beans Recipe, check this one out.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Brazilian, Latin American
Keyword: beans, brazilian recipe, instant pot
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Aline Shaw


  • Pressure cooker, instant pot


  • 16 oz dry Black Beans
  • 1 14 oz Smoked sausage cut into chunks
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp of cumin
  • 1 tsp kosher salt** *add more, or less salt as desired - depending on how salty the sausage and bacon you're using are - taste as you go!
  • black pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp of white vinegar
  • 4 strips of smoked bacon cut into lardons
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 tbsp Brazilian Sofrito or 6 cloves of garlic, minced


  • Pick, wash, then soak the beans in cold water for 30 mins.
  • Change the water, and soak in cold water for another 30 mins.
  • Drain beans, then add them to a pressure cooker or instant pot. Add the sausages and 5 1/2 cups of water.
  • Close the instant pot, and cook on manual for 30 mins.
  • After 30 mins, safely release the pressure and open the pan.
  • Change the now open/uncovered instant pot settings to sauté mode, and let the beans simmer, stirring occasionally.
  • Season with salt and pepper, add the cumin, the vinegar, and the bay leaf to the pan, stir and continue to simmer for about 15 mins.
  • Meanwhile, add the bacon to a large skillet over medium to high heat, and let them cook until lightly browned.
  • Add the olive oil to the skillet, then the onions and sautée until the onions are transparent, 2-3 mins.
  • Add the garlic to the skillet, stir and sautée until fragrant and lightly golden.
  • Add the contents of the skillet into the beans, stir and let it simmer until desired thickness is reached.

Bom Apetite!!


    **If you're using a stove top pressure cooker, add an extra cup of water to this recipe. Please be careful. Pressure cookers can be dangerous, especially if there isn't enough water left inside of the pan - they can explode! Always keep a close eye on the pan, and when in doubt STOP and check. Please use your pressure cooker with caution, and follow the manufacturer's safety instructions.