Instant Pot Refried Beans {No Soaking} + VIDEO

Overhead shot of refried beans in blue bowl topped with crumbled cotija, tomatoes and jalapenos.

Instant Pot Refried Beans require no presoaking. Plus, they’re virtually fat free and can be made vegetarian or vegan with some simple swaps. 

In our household, Mexican night doesn’t have to wait for Taco Tuesday. Nope, we’ll dig into tacostostadas and chips & salsa any night of the week. I always love an excuse for a Margarita too. But quite often, I’m stumped on what to serve on the side. These Instant Pot Refried Beans are my answer.

These healthy refried beans cook up creamy and delicious with virtually no babysitting, leaving you free to assemble your tacos, mix your margaritas and chill.

How to Make the BEST Instant Pot Refried Beans

  • No need to soak the beans. Just rinse them and add them to the pot.
  • Saute some onion and garlic and then season with lots of yummy Mexican spices – cumin, chili powder, oregano and cayenne.
  • Salt the cooking liquid. It seasons them and helps them cook evenly.
  • Cook for 45 minutes, until tender.
  • Drain and reserve some of the cooking liquid.
  • Mash the beans to your preference using a potato masher or immersion blender, adding the cooking liquid as needed. Season again with salt.

What Beans Are Used for Refried Beans?

  • Pinto beans are most often used to make refried beans, though you can also use black beans.

Bowl of pinto beans next to bowl of onions.

How Long Do Instant Pot Refried Beans Last?

  • Refried beans will last in the refrigerator for up to one week, stored tightly covered. You can also freeze these refried beans for up to three months. Try storing them flat in a ziploc bag. When ready to serve, defrost overnight and reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.

To make these Instant Pot Refried Beans vegetarian and vegan, simply swap out the broth for some vegetable stock. 

Overhead shot of refried beans in blue bowl topped with crumbled cotija, tomatoes and jalapenos.

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Overhead shot of refried beans in blue bowl topped with crumbled cotija, tomatoes and jalapenos.

The BEST Instant Pot Refried Beans

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: instant pot beans, instant pot refried beans, pressure cooker refried beans, refried beans
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Time for pressure to build & release: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 315 kcal

Instant Pot Refried Beans require no presoaking. Plus, they're virtually fat free and can be made vegetarian or vegan with some simple swaps. 

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound dry pinto beans rinsed and drained (2 cups)
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion minced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups bone broth chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper optional
  • Salt to taste

To Garnish:

  • Cilantro
  • Lime wedges
  • Diced tomato
  • Sliced jalapeno
  • Avocado
  • Cheese

Instructions

  1. Set Instant Pot to SAUTE. Add oil. Once hot, add onion. Sauté for 2 minutes, then add garlic and let cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. 

  2. Add a splash of broth and scrape to remove any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Add remaining broth, water, cumin, chili powder, oregano, salt, pepper, cayenne and beans. Stir to combine. Hit CANCEL.

  3. Make sure your sealing ring is in place on the lid. Lock the lid onto Instant Pot and set the steam release knob to the "sealing" position.
  4. Press the MANUAL button and set Instant Pot for high pressure for 40 minutes. It will take about 15 minutes for Instant Pot to come to full pressure, then the display will show a countdown timer.
  5. Once the 40 minutes are up, allow the pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes, then release any remaining pressure.
  6. Remove the lid and drain the beans, reserving the liquid.
  7. Return the cooked beans to the pot, and stir in ½ cup of the reserved cooking liquid. Season with salt, to taste. Use a potato masher to mash the cooked beans until smooth, leaving some texture if you like. Or, you can use an immersion blender for pureed beans.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate any leftovers for up to one week, or store in the freezer for up to three months. 

Nutrition Facts
The BEST Instant Pot Refried Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 315 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 461mg20%
Potassium 1113mg32%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 13g54%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 205IU4%
Vitamin C 6.8mg8%
Calcium 111mg11%
Iron 4.6mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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5 comments

  1. Catherine @ To & Fro Fam

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time. Last night I used the last can of refried beans from my Costco pack (I’m eating leftovers as I type this). I eat refried beans all the time but would rather eat 100% homemade – and thanks to this recipe, I CAN without spending an entire day soaking and cooking the beans. Can’t wait to eat this!

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  2. Waz

    5 stars
    Homemade refried beans are so much better than the store bought varieties. Yum! This recipe looks perfect, and I love how vibrant your photos are. Thanks for sharing, Erin!

    Reply

  3. Amanda

    5 stars
    This recipe looks so simple and delicious! I cannot wait to try.

    Reply

  4. Yvonne

    5 stars
    Excellent! I changed it easily to low fat vegan, leaving out the oil and using the vegetable broth. So nice to not have to soak the beans first. 😁

    Reply

    1. Erin

      It makes it so quick & easy, right?!

      Reply

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