Photo: Alison Miksch
Active Time
20 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour
Serves 8 (serving size: about 2/3 cup)

Get these spicy South American beans on the dinner table in an hour, no soaking required. The red beans come out tender without falling apart, swimming in a spicy sauce flecked with chorizo and tomatoes. Serve with pan-fried plantains and rice for a simple and satisfying meal. You can find achiote paste in the international aisle of some grocery stores or at Hispanic grocery stores. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Program a 6-quart programmable electric pressure cooker to Sauté on Normal heat. Add oil to cooker, and heat until warm. Add chorizo; cook, stirring occasionally to crumble, until browned, about 4 minutes. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 4 minutes. Add tomatoes, achiote paste, cumin, and salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes break down, about 5 minutes. Stir in stock and beans.

Step 2

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. Turn pressure valve to the venting position to quickly release pressure (steam) from cooker until float valve drops. Carefully remove lid. Divide beans between 8 small bowls; garnish with cilantro.

Chef's Notes

This recipe was developed using the Instant Pot IP-DUO60 V2 pressure cooker.