Less than a month ago, we got a pressure cooker and we’ve been going to town with it. From regular beans, to BBQ ribs, to pozole, on and on. Yesterday we made bacon, sausage and pinto beans and the outcome was amazing. I hope you enjoy them also.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup coarsely chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon mild or hot chili powder
- 1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds or powder.
- 1 teaspoon of dried oregano leaves
- 1 teaspoons of salt (if you use it during the soaking process)
- 8 cups water
- 2 1/2 cups dry, unsoaked, black beans, picked over and rinsed
- 4 to 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 pound of raw sausages
- 1 pound of bacon
- Salt to taste
Soaking – 8 to 10 hours
I recommend that you soak the beans overnight for more accurate results. Yes, you can also use unsoaked beans and increase the cooking time, but soaking is easy and gives better results… and it lowers the cooking time 🙂
Soaking is easy, simply measure 2.5 cups of dry beans, sort them by getting rid of the bad beans and cover them with water and 1 tsp of salt. Salt is important because it will give the beans a better flavor.
Cutting – 5 Min
This super easy to do and very straight forward.
Cut the bacon and sausages into small pieces like this:
Cut the onion into similar-size pieces:
In your pressure cooker, pour the olive oil and garlic and set the heat to high. Leave the lid off and stir it until the garlic begins to cook. It should take about 1 minute.
Now begin browning the bacon and sausage. Simply pour that into the pressure cooker and stir it so as to brown it. Spend about 2 minutes doing this.
At this point drop the onion and your spices, including the bay leaves.
On top of that, pour the pre-soaked beans.
Pour the 8 cups of water and close the lid.
Raise the heat to high until you gain pressure. Once pressure is achieved, lower the heat to minimum (or as low as necessary to maintain high pressure) and let it cook for 20 minutes.
When 20 minutes are done, turn off the head and let the cooker cool the natural way. Do not use cold water or quick release unless you want broken up beans.
That’s it, you are done: