Beans are a big part of the Colombian diet and when you try this traditional recipe you’ll understand why many locals eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Colombian Style Beans

Packed with flavour and a whole lot of nutrients, Colombian Style beans are also super versatile, you can serve them up alongside your other South American style fare or as a stand alone dish.

We love cooking them in the Instant Pot because the pressure cooking setting allows the process to be done at lightning speed.

All legumes cook quickly in a pressure cooker, which means you can say good bye to canned beans and hello to a healthier option.



  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 onion, chopped 
  • 2 capsicums, chopped 
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped 
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, 
  • 2 tsp adobo paste
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup  red kidney beans 
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander to garnish


Using a multicooker or pressure cooker allows you to make this dish faster than traditional methods.

  1. Program Instant Pot to ‘Saute’.
  2. Add oil and heat until warm. 
  3. Add onion, capsicum and garlic; cook until tender.
  4. Add tomatoes, adobo, cumin and salt cook, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes break down, for about 5 minutes. Stir in stock and beans.
  5. Close and lock lid of cooker; turn pressure release valve to sealing position. Program cooker to cook on ‘Manual on High Pressure’ for 45 minutes. 
  6. Turn pressure valve to the venting position to quickly release pressure (steam) from cooker until float valve drops. Carefully remove lid. 
  7. Serve with rice and garnish with coriander.

Now that you have seen how quick and easy it is to make your own beans from scratch in a pressure cooker, it’s time to have a go at creating your own flavour combinations.

As well as being nutritious, beans are also a very economical meal and there are plenty of varieties to try.

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