Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas (Dried Beans) are absolutely delicious and the pressure cooker makes it so quick and easy to make! With just a couple of ingredients these beans are rich with flavor.
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Black Eyed Peas are a dish typically made at the being of the New Year in many Southern African American communities. Since the beans expand when cooked, many people believe it symbolizes prosperity. So eating black eyed peas in the New Year is believed to bring good luck and prosperity. But Black Eyed Peas are good anytime of year. And if made in a pressure cooker, it can be cooked quickly and without any stress.
The simplicity of this dish is rooted in it’s history. People had to make due with very little. This dish only has 4 ingredients. Yup, just 4 (minus salt and pepper).
And not only is it oh so delicious, it’s cost conscious as are most bean dishes. Especially, if you are using dried beans. One pound of dried beans cost about $1. 59 and makes about 12 (1 cup ) servings of beans (according to the package). A 15 ounce can of beans can cost you anywhere from 1.29 to 1.79 unless on sale. So dried beans is always a great choice for flavor and savings.
To Soak or Not To Soak
When using dried beans I almost always soak my beans. It’s not necessary to gain tenderness but I soak my beans. Soaking dried beans helps to remove sugar that cause all that gas the comes along with eating beans. Most places will tell you to soak your dried beans for at least 8 hours if not overnight.
I’m going to be honest, it’s rare that I soak my beans for 8 hours. Even when I’ve planned ahead I rarely give myself 8 hours let alone 24 hours to soak beans. I’ve found that soaking for about an hour or two in hot water does help decrease flatulance.
But you don’t have to soak your beans. It’s not necessary to get delicious, tender flavorful beans. If you decide not to soak your beans, I would recommend rinsing your beans in hot water. Actually, I even rinse my canned beans. I know!! But I suggest rinsing your dried beans to remove any dirt or .. and to make sure there are no small rocks etc in your bean dish.
Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas (Dried Beans)
Black Eyes Peas
- 8 ounces thick bacon
- 1 pound (dried) black eyed peas
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Soak black eyed peas in a bowl of hot water for 1 hour or rinse with hot water.
- Dice raw bacon into strips.
- Press the saute button on pressure cooker and let the inner pot heat up. Once hot add bacon and saute until browned.
- Add rinsed black eyed peas to inner pot and mix with bacon.
- Then add water, chicken stock, salt and pepper and stir. Cancel Saute.
- Add lid and make sure valve is turned to seal. Turn lid to lock pressure cooker. Press the bean/chili button or press the manual button and set to high pressure for 30 minutes.
- Once finished, allow pressure cooker to natural pressure release for 10 to 15 minutes. Carefully open the valve to remove any additional pressure, then turn and remove lid.
- Give peas an additional stir.
I served these Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas (Dried Beans) with string beans and crispy roasted chicken. It’s also absolutely delicious with some white rice.
There are times I’ve eaten it with rice as a complete meal. The only thing that makes it better is some super hot, hot sauce. If you like Southern dishes you should try our Pecan Pie and Baked Fried Chicken recipe. How would you eat these Black Eyed Peas?