Fast Instant Pot Black-Eyed Peas w/Rotel Tomatoes

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

The Instant Pot makes quick work of cooking a bag of dry Black-Eyed Peas. And this simple recipe has an added spicy kick from Rotel-style tomatoes. I can put them on to cook when I start supper and they’ll still be ready to eat when we are. That’s FAST

The Instant Pot makes quick work of cooking dry Black-Eyed Peas. And this simple recipe has an added spicy kick from Rotel-style tomatoes. #TexasHomesteader

How Long Does It Take To Pressure Cook Black-Eyed Peas?

Black-eyed peas cook in an electric pressure cooker such as an Instant Pot in only about 16 minutes with an additional 15-minute natural release time.

I can put ‘em on to cook when I start supper and they’ll be ready to serve by the time we’re ready to eat!

Why Do You Pre-Soak Dry Beans?

Conventional wisdom says that by first pre-soaking beans, then pouring away the soaking water, rinsing the beans and replacing with fresh water (or broth) to cook them helps ease any, errrr… ‘gastric distress’ that might be experienced by some people when eating beans.

Having said that, if I’m making pintos I almost always pre-soak the beans. They just seem to cook up better for me when they’ve been soaked beforehand. 

But black-eyed peas are so small I don’t ever bother to soak them.

Do You Need To Soak Dry Beans With Instant Pot?

If you’re wondering if you still have to pre-soak your dry beans when cooking with an electric pressure cooker such as Instant Pot, most folks say no.

They just sort, rinse, dump ’em in and get to cooking. Although sometimes the cooking time is a little longer when cooking unsoaked beans.

Today I’m sharing how I cook a whole 1-lb bag of dry black-eyed beans that have not been presoaked.

I’ve read that with black-eyed peas, pre-soaked or not – the Instant Pot cooking time remains the same. So either way you should be good to go with these cooking times. 

Cooking Black-Eyed Peas In An Instant Pot

Cooking black-eyed peas in an electric pressure cooker is fast & Easy.

      • Saute chopped onions & minced garlic

      • Add sorted & rinsed black-eyed peas

      • 5 cups of water (or broth)

      • Add an un-drained can of spicy Ro-Tel style tomatoes. (ie: diced tomatoes that include spicy chopped green chiles.)

      • Salt & pepper to taste

 RancherMan & I like the mildly spicy flavor of rotel. But you can opt for any style of canned tomatoes that your family enjoys for a milder result.

I place the IP lid on top and lock it on. Then I make sure the lever is on ‘SEALING’.

Instant Pot pressure lever set to 'SEALING' to cook black-eyed peas. #TexasHomesteader

I also make sure the setting is on high pressure and hit the +/- button to get to 16 minutes cook time.

Now I turn my attention to preparing the rest of our supper while the blackeyed peas cook without further input from me. That’s my kind of cooking, y’all!

Instant Pot Black-Eyed Peas Ready To Serve

After the 16 minutes cook time is up I allow the Instant Pot to naturally release for 15 more minutes before carefully flipping the pressure lever to release the rest of the pressure.

The Instant Pot makes quick work of cooking dry Black-Eyed Peas. And this simple recipe has an added spicy kick from Rotel-style tomatoes. #TexasHomesteader

(inhales deeply) Aaaah, that smells delicious.

Why Do You Eat Black-Eyed Peas On New Year’s Day?

Here in the south it’s a long-standing tradition to eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day. It’s said to bring a lucky and prosperous new year.

Although I don’t really believe the superstition I still enjoy eating them every new year’s day. 

And wow, using a pressure cooker is sure a QUICK way to cook a bag of dry black-eyed peas! 

Plus RancherMan & I both really love the mildly spicy kick the Rotel tomatoes offer to plain black-eyed peas. 

Did you make these Rotel Black-Eyed Peas? Please rate the recipe in your comment below!

Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas w/Spicy Rotel Tomatoes

These Instant Pot Black-Eyed Peas are super simple to make. I like to add a can of chopped tomatoes containing spicy chopped green chiles for a little extra sumpin’. These could actually be the best blacked eyed peas you ever tasted! #TexasHomesteader

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword black-eyed peas, garlic, instant pot, onions, rotel tomatoes, spicy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Natural Release 15 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Servings 6 Servings



  • 1 16-oz bag Dry black-eyed peas - sorted, rinsed and unsoaked
  • 1 Tablespoon Bacon grease
  • 1 large Onion chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced (or about 1 Tablespoon)
  • 1 14.5 oz can Diced tomatoes w/chopped spicy chiles, undrained (Can use any variety of canned chopped tomatoes but I like Rotel)
  • 5 cups Low-sodium chicken broth (can use water instead if needed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper, or to taste



  1. Press the SAUTE button, then add 1 Tablespoon bacon grease. When the grease is melted add the chopped onion and cook stirring occasionally with a wooden spatula for about 3 or 4 minutes or until translucent. Add the minced garlic and cook another minute. Cancel the sauté function.

  2. If any onion bits are stuck to the bottom of the IP liner, deglaze the pot by adding about 1/4 cup water and scraping the bottom of the pot with a wooden spatula to deglaze.
  3. Pour in 5 cups chicken broth (or water), add 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper, the rinsed, unsoaked black-eyed peas and an undrained can of chopped tomatoes.

  4. Close and lock the lid, set the pressure release valve to the SEALING position. Press PRESSURE COOK and HIGH PRESSURE and use the + or - buttons to select 16 minutes. (NOTE: Instant Pot can take about 8-10 minutes to come to selected pressure, so be sure to add that to your estimated serving time.)

  5. After the black-eyed peas have cooked 16 minutes, allow the IP to sit undisturbed for 15 additional minutes for natural release. After that time carefully move the pressure release valve to the venting position to release any remaining pressure.
  6. After the pressure has been fully released, open the lid facing away from you so that steam is directed away from your face. Serve black-eyed peas hot.

Recipe Notes


I used a 6-quart Instant Pot Duo-60.

IP could take 8-10 minutes to come to pressure, be sure to allow that time in planning your serving time.


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4 thoughts on “Fast Instant Pot Black-Eyed Peas w/Rotel Tomatoes

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