#18. Easy InstantPot Beans and Rice

I’d like to preface this post by acknowledging that my cooking skills are relatively basic. If I were to write a cookbook today, it would be called something along the lines of “Glop: A Collection of Decent but Unsurprising Recipes.” It’s okay. We don’t all have to be exceptional cooks.

I will also say this, though: the super-simple beans and rice dish I concoct in the InstantPot is fast, inexpensive, and tasty. Moreover, it requires some of the cheapest ingredients at the grocery store and yields enough to feed a small family for three or four days. If you’re on a budget, this one’s for you.

And let’s talk nutrition. What does 1.5 cups of cooked rice and beans (in a 2:1 ratio) get you? 13 grams of protein and about 11 grams of fiber. In other words, it’s a nutrient-dense meal. It’s also a meal with a relatively low carbon footprint, so you earn a biodegradeable blue ribbon for your Earth-loving ways when you make this recipe.


  • 2 cups uncooked brown rice
  • 1 cup dry black beans, rinsed (can I tell you a secret? I never rinse them…)
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup salsa, any kind



  1. Place all of the ingredients in the InstantPot and give them a quick stir.
  2. Put the lid on the InstantPot. Make sure the valve is in the sealed position.
  3. Hit the “Manual” button and reduce the time to 25-26 minutes.
  4. Drink a beer while you wait.
  5. When the cooking cycle has ended and the InstantPot beeps, wait 10 minutes before releasing the valve. You can release it before then, but based on personal experience, your impatience may cause your cat to jump about 10 feet in the air and hightail it to the front seat of your RV to cower in fear and dismay.
  6. Serve with whatever you want. One evening, we had rice, beans, and tortilla chips (it was a chips kind of night). The next day I fancied up the leftovers by using them in tacos.



What’s your favorite way to doctor up your beans and rice?

It’s bean real,


Postscript: We have an Amazon Affiliates account. If you’re interested in purchasing the InstantPot – my current favorite kitchen gadget – consider using this link. Amazon will throw us a few pennies, and we’ll be grateful for it!

Instant Pot IP-LUX60 6-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker, 6-Quart 1000-Watt


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