Pressure Cooker Refried Beans
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Pressure Cooker Refried Beans

Make authentic-tasting refried beans in your Instant Pot with this Pressure Cooker Refried Beans recipe! They're quick to make and absolutely delicious!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main Courses
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Instant Pot Beans, Instant Pot Beans Recipe, Instant Pot Mexican, Instant Pot Refried Beans, Refried Beans Recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 156kcal
Author: Urvashi Pitre


Soak Beans

  • 1/2 cup dry pinto beans
  • 2 cups hot water to soak beans
  • 3 cups water to cook beans

For Refrying


  • Soak pinto beans in enough hot water to cover them for 1 hour.
  • Drain, add beans into your Instant Pot, add 3 cups of water, and cook at High Pressure for 20 minutes. Allow it to release pressure naturally to avoid spluttering.
  • Once they're cooked, you can either mash them with the back of a spoon for a more rustic finish, or if you prefer a smoother finish, use an immersion blender on your beans to get a smooth paste. You may have to remove some of the cooking water so it's not too runny.
  • While the beans are cooking, Heat a frying pan and fry the bacon on a medium low heat to render all the bacon fat. Cook until the bacon is crisp and then remove bacon and reserve for another use (which means, eat it before anyone else sees it).
  • To the fat, add chopped onion and cook until until onion starts to brown at the edges.
  • Add chopped garlic and sauté for a minute.
  • Add mashed or puréed beans along with a little water, as well as the cumin and salt. Mix everything well, and let it cook. You may have to add water. Your goal is to get the beans heated through, and you will want to add enough water to ensure it is a slightly loose mixture. This will take about 4-5 minutes.
  • Serve with a spring of cilantro, and pass shredded cheese as you serve.


Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 547mg | Potassium: 299mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.1mg