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Instant Pot Refried Beans Recipe Guide

Written by: Emily Smith

My Instant Pot refried beans are a game changer! I toss in pinto beans, spices, and let the magic happen. A quick mash later, and they're ready to steal the show at dinner.

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Ever tried homemade refried beans? Trust me, once you taste these, you'll never go back to canned ones. Made with simple everyday ingredients right in your Instant Pot, these refried beans are bursting with flavour. Creamy, hearty and absolutely delicious, you'll be left wondering why you didn't try this recipe earlier. Heck, it's so easy, even the most inexperienced cook can whip up this dish in no time. Let's dive in!

Ingredients for Delicious Instant Pot Refried Beans

  • Dried pinto beans: Essential base for refried beans, provides hearty texture and rich flavor when cooked to perfection.
  • Onion: Adds depth and sweetness to the dish, enhancing overall flavor profile with its aromatic qualities.
  • Garlic: Infuses a robust, savory taste into the beans, elevating the dish with its pungent and aromatic essence.
  • Cumin: Imparts warm, earthy notes to the beans, creating a distinct and flavorful taste that enhances the overall dish.
  • Chili powder: Adds a kick of heat and depth of flavor to the beans, balancing out the dish with its spicy essence.
  • Water: Essential for cooking the beans to a tender consistency, ensuring they are fully hydrated and flavorful.
  • Vegetable oil: Used for sautéing the beans, adding richness and depth of flavor while helping achieve a creamy texture.

Essential Tools for Making Refried Beans in the Instant Pot

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the pinto beans quickly and efficiently.
  • Skillet: Used to heat oil and mash the cooked beans to achieve the desired consistency.

Instant Pot Refried Beans Recipe Guide

This Instant Pot Refried Beans recipe is a quick and easy way to make delicious refried beans at home. Perfect for tacos, burritos, or as a side dish.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 servings
Calories 250 kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Skillet
  • Potato Masher


Main Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried pinto beans
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 6 cups water
  • to taste Salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  • Rinse the pinto beans under cold water and drain.
  • In the Instant Pot, combine the beans, onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder, and water.
  • Close the lid, set the valve to sealing, and cook on high pressure for 45 minutes.
  • Once done, allow for a natural pressure release for 10 minutes before manually releasing any remaining pressure.
  • Drain the beans, reserving some of the cooking liquid.
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and add the cooked beans.
  • Mash the beans with a potato masher, adding reserved cooking liquid as needed to reach desired consistency.
  • Season with salt to taste and serve hot.


Adjust seasoning to taste. You can also add other spices or herbs to customize the flavor.


Calories: 250kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 12gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 200mgPotassium: 600mgFiber: 10gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Instant Pot, Refried Beans
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Can You Make Refried Beans Ahead of Time or Freeze Them?

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the refried beans as per the recipe.
  • Allow the beans to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Freezing Instructions

  • Portion the cooled refried beans into freezer-safe containers or bags.
  • Label with the date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Refried beans are not actually fried twice as the name suggests. Instead, they are typically cooked once and then mashed and cooked again with seasonings.

Common Questions About Making Refried Beans in the Instant Pot

Can I use canned beans instead of dried beans for this recipe?
Yes, you can use canned pinto beans, but adjust the cooking time accordingly as they are already cooked.
How can I store leftover refried beans?
Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days or freeze them for longer storage.
Can I customize the seasonings in this recipe?
Absolutely! Feel free to adjust the cumin, chili powder, and salt to suit your taste preferences.
Is it necessary to soak the dried beans before cooking?
No, soaking the beans is not required for this recipe since the Instant Pot will cook them thoroughly.
Can I make this recipe vegan?
Yes, this recipe is naturally vegan-friendly. Just ensure the seasonings and cooking oil you use are vegan as well.

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