Cilantro-Lime Black Bean Barley

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup barley (pearl, hulless, or hulled)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 15 oz can black beans
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped


  • Combine chicken broth, barley, salt, and garlic in Instant Pot. Shut lid, set to sealing, and cook on High Pressure for 35-40 minutes. When done, either do a natural pressure release or a quick valve release. Rinse and drain barley.
  • Alternatively: combine chicken broth, salt, and garlic in a large saucepan on high heat on the stovetop. Bring to boil, add the barley, and reduce to simmer until liquid absorbed or barley is tender approximately 45-55 minutes.
  • Once the barley is cooked, mix in 1 tablespoon of lime juice, can of black beans (rinsed and drained), and chopped cilantro. Taste and add the second tablespoon of lime as desired.