1white or yellow onion (halved but still connected to the root end)
1bay leaf (optional)
2sprigs cilantro (optional)
1fresh jalapeño (optional)
Add all ingredients to the liner of the Instant Pot and cook at high pressure for 35 minutes.
Allow for a natural pressure release (about 30 minutes), then remove the aromatics and season to taste with additional salt if needed.
Use immediately in your favorite recipe, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, or freeze in 2-cup portions.
Flavor variations: Chipotle - add 1 chipotle chile in adobo Smoky Bacon - add 1 T. liquid smoke Lime - add zest and juice of 1 lime To make refried beans - drain beans, reserving 1 cup of cooking liquid. Mash beans or blend with immersion blender, adding in cooking liquid as needed. Beans can be stored in the fridge for up to a week or frozen in 2-cup portions.