Instant Pot Refried Beans Recipe

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Terri Published: January 12, 2021 Modified: June 1, 2021
Instant Pot Refried Beans Recipe

How To Make Instant Pot Refried Beans

A brand new side to be offered at any table is this Instant Pot Refried Beans! Full of flavor, these refried beans can also be enjoyed as a taco filling!

Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking: 55 minutes
Total: 1 hour



  • 1cupdried pinto beans,soaked for 8 hours and drained
  • 3cupswater
  • ½yellow onion,chopped
  • 2garlic cloves,minced
  • 1tspground cumin
  • 1tspchili powder
  • ¼tspfreshly ground black pepper
  • pinch of cayenne pepper,optional
  • ½-¾tspfine sea salt
  • chopped fresh cilantro lime wedges, diced tomato, sliced jalapeño, diced avocado, crumbled queso,optional garnish


  1. Combine the drained beans, water, onion, and garlic in the Instant Pot.

  2. Stir well, making sure the beans are submerged. Secure the lid and move the steam release valve to Sealing. Select

  3. Manual/Pressure Cook to cook at high pressure for about 20 minutes.

  4. When the cooking cycle is complete, let the pressure naturally release for about 10 minutes, then move the steam release valve to Venting to release any remaining pressure. When the floating valve drops, remove the lid and drain the beans, reserving the liquid.

  5. Return the cooked beans to the Instant Pot, and stir in ½ cup of the reserved cooking liquid, along with the cumin, chili powder, black pepper, cayenne, and ½ teaspoon of salt. Use a potato masher to mash the cooked beans until smooth, leaving some texture if you like. You can use an immersion blender for pureed beans if you prefer.

  6. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding more salt as needed, and serve warm with a garnish of cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice.

Recipe Notes

Store leftover beans in an airtight container in the fridge for 1 week.


  • Calories: 120.84kcal
  • Fat: 0.58g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.10g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 0.15g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.19g
  • Carbohydrates: 21.99g
  • Fiber: 5.48g
  • Sugar: 1.20g
  • Protein: 7.25g
  • Sodium: 383.19mg
  • Calcium: 50.80mg
  • Potassium: 494.71mg
  • Iron: 2.03mg
  • Vitamin A: 14.92µg
  • Vitamin C: 3.68mg
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