Instant Pot Refried Beans are the easiest and tastiest refried bean recipe ever! Pressure cooker refried beans are creamy, and full of flavor and made with hardly any effort!
Two years ago if you asked me what is the one canned good you would always find in my pantry would be, I would tell you beans.
Now thanks to my Instant Pot I have said good-bye to canned beans and only stock dried beans in my pantry.
Dry beans are not only much more affordable, they are also so much better for you than canned beans. No lard added, no sodium, no preservatives!
I just never relied on them as a kitchen staple BEFORE my Instant Pot because of the time it took to cook them. Once I realized how easy it was to make Instant Pot Dried Beans WITHOUT soaking, well I was sold, hook, line and sinker.
Instant Pot Beans is now one of my go to Instant Pot recipes, but so is my Instant Pot Refried Beans.
So it is high time I shared with you all my recipe for refried beans made in the pressure cooker.
Instant Pot Refried Beans
Sure there are great quality canned versions of refried beans on the market. BUT when I can make tastier, healthier refried beans for pennies, homemade is the way to go.
Instant Pot Refried Beans are creamy, smooth and full of flavor–just like you get at your favorite Mexican Restaurant!
How To Make Refried Beans in the Instant Pot
Step One: Rinse Dry Beans
- Place dry beans in colander and give them a good rinse–they often can have residual dirt on them. Also check for broken beans or rocks and discard.
Step Two: Add Ingredients for Refried Beans
- Rinsed Beans–I use pinto beans for this recipe
- Water or Stock–use water or vegetable stock for extra flavor
- Onion–for flavor
- Taco Seasoning If you use water, add an additional teaspoon of taco seasoning beans for extra flavor.
- Garlic (optional) –for flavor
- Jalapeno (optional)–for Spicy Refried Beans, I take one jalapeno that has been seeded and de-stemmed and place in pressure cooker along with ingredients. Just be sure to discard jalapeno after cook time and before blending up beans or you will have REALLY spicy refried beans.
- Apple Cider Vinegar (optional)If you find beans to be hard on your stomach or make you gassy, either pre-soak beans overnight first and/or add in 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar while cooking.
Step Three: Cook Beans
- Place lid on Instant Pot and set cook time for 50 minutes. This is DOUBLE the cook time than dried beans require, but this is so the beans get SUPER tender and are really easy to blend.
Step Four: Let Pressure Release
- Once cooking time has elapsed, let pressure NATURALLY release. This can take up to 30 minutes. It is really important to NOT do a quick release, as this will change the texture of the beans. The same is true for rice, stock and tough meat–find out more about NPR at Instant Pot 101.
Step Five: Blend Refried Beans
- If you have a lot of excess cooking liquid, dip a measuring cup into inner pot and remove up to 1 cup water.
- Discard Jalapeno if using.
- Blend the beans and onion with the remaining cooking liquid, adding the removed liquid as needed . You can use a hand held immersion blender OR a food processor.
Instant Pot Refried Black Beans
The process for making refried black beans is a bit different than using traditional pinto beans.
- Use 6 cups liquid, instead of 7 cups.
- Cook for 40 minutes instead of 50 minutes.
How to Store Refried Beans
Store leftover cooked beans in the refrigerator for 5 days or in 1 to 2 cup portions in freezer safe bags/containers in the freezer for up to 6 months. I prefer to make a large batch of refried beans and then freeze for future use.
To freeze refried beans:
- Cook refried beans as recipe directs.
- Allow refried beans to cook.
- Place in 1 cup portions in either freezer safe bags or small plastic containers.
- You can thaw refried beans in refrigerator overnight or remove from plastic container/bag and defrost in microwave.
- You can also put frozen beans into a oven safe bowl (remove from plastic bag/container first) and place in your instant pot’s inner pot on a rack. Pour in 1 cup water under rack and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes, this will defrost and heat 1 cup portions of refried beans.
- Refried beans will keep in freezer for 4-6 months.
Recipes that use Refried Beans
Instant Pot Refried Beans
- Rinse dried beans and remove any rocks or broken beans.
- Place all ingredient in inner pot of Instant Pot.
- Cook on high pressure with valve turned to "seal," and set to cook on high pressure for 50 minutes.
- Allow pressure to release naturally (about 30 minutes).
- Remove lid and discard jalapeno. If the beans seem to have too much liquid, remove up to 1 cup of cooking liquid and reserve to the side.
- Blend with an immersion blender or food processor until smooth, adding reserved liquid as needed.
- Use chicken stock, vegetable stock, or water.
- If you use water, add an additional teaspoon of taco seasoning beans for extra flavor.
- For Instant Pot Black Beans, use only 6 cups liquid and 40 minutes cook time.
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