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Homemade Refried Beans

Instant Pot Refried Beans

Jyoti Behrani
Instant Pot Refried Beans! Quick and easy, homemade refried beans made from scratch in Instant Pot in no time. These refried beans are the perfect accompaniment to your favorite Mexican dish. This recipe is vegan, and gluten-free.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 cups



  • 1 lb dried pinto beans, wash and rinse
  • 5 cups water or broth
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 Serrano or jalapeno pepper, deseeded and chopped, adjust to taste
  • 5-6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoon oil
  • 2 bay leaf
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice, adjust to taste
  • salt to taste



  • Handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • queso fresco cheese
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges



  • Sort through beans to pick out any shriveled or broken beans, stones, or debris.
  • Wash and rinse dried pinto beans, keep them aside.
  • Chop onions, jalapeno, and minced garlic.


  • You will need Instant Pot
  • Turn ON SAUTE (more). When it displays “HOT”, add oil, and onions. Saute for 2-3 minutes, or until onions are translucent.
  • Add bay leaf, garlic, and jalapeno. Add dry spices – oregano, paprika, ground cumin, chipotle pepper. Saute for 30-60 seconds.
  • Add water (or broth), and deglaze the pot. Cancel SAUTE mode.
  • Add pinto beans, salt to taste, and remaining water (or broth). Close the lid, vent sealed.
  • Turn ON MANUAL / PRESSURE COOK (high) for 50 minutes. Let pressure release naturally, around 20 minutes.
  • Open the lid, and discard the bay leaf. Using an immersion blender, blend the beans to the desired consistency.
    Note: You can use a potato masher as well to mash the beans.
  • Beans will be quite runny. Turn ON SAUTE (less), and simmer for a few minutes or until desired thickness.
    Note: The consistency of beans thickens as it cools.
  • Turn OFF SAUTE. Garnish with some queso fresco, fresh cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice (optional).
  • Enjoy Refried beans warm with your favorite Mexican dish!


  • Follow the recipe as discussed. Close the pressure cooker, after the first whistle, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 50 minutes. Let pressure release naturally. The rest of the recipe is the same as Instant pot.



For overnight soaked beans, pressure cook beans with 4 cups of water (or broth) for 25 minutes, followed by natural pressure release.
Refried beans thicken as it cools, and adjust the consistency by adding more water (or broth).
Please refer to the post for the following :
  1. Pro Tips For The Best Refried Beans
  2. Frequently Asked Questions
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