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Instant Pot Refried Beans

Easy Instant Pot Refried Beans

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: About 3 cups 1x


These Instant Pot refried beans are easy to make from dried beans, without hours of soaking! They taste just like restaurant style: and they’re healthy too.


  • 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 cups dried pinto beans
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter (or olive oil for vegan)


  1. Finely chop the onion. Mince the garlic. Remove the pith and seeds from the jalapeño pepper, then finely chop it.
  2. In the Instant Pot, place the onion, garlic, jalapeño pepper, cumin, chili powder, pinto beans, water and kosher salt, and give them a stir. Lock the lid and place the vent in the “Sealing” position.
  3. Cook on high pressure for 60 minutes: Press the Pressure Cook button (making sure the “High Pressure” setting is selected) and set the time for 60 minutes. Wait while the Instant Pot cooks. (Note: It takes about 5 to 10 minutes for the pot to “preheat” and come up to pressure before it starts cooking. During cooking, avoid touching the metal part of the lid.)
  4. Quick release: Vent the remaining steam from the Instant Pot by moving the pressure release handle to “Venting”, covering your hand with a towel or hot pad. Never put your hands or face near the vent when releasing steam. Open the pressure cooker lid.
  5. Melt the butter in large saucepan or skillet. Add the cooked beans and their liquid. Cook for 5 minutes until they thicken, stirring occasionally. Then mash with a wooden spoon or potato masher until the desired texture is reached. Remove from the heat and serve.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: Instant Pot refried beans, Refried beans, Pressure cooker, Instant pot