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Instant Pot Refried Beans

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Olena Osipov
5 from 3 votes

Instant Pot Refried Beans are easy to make with dried beans, no lard and in just 1 hour in your pressure cooker. Healthy easy side dish for your Mexican night!

Instant Pot Refried Beans

Pressure Cooker Refried Beans

Instant Pot refried beans is a great example how perfect this appliance is for cooking Mexican food. In my pressure cooker, I make tacos, carnitas, chili and tortilla soup year round because Instant Pot keeps kitchen cool and family fed.

Instant Pot Refried Beans garnished with crema and sliced jalapenos and diced tomatoes

I have never bought a can of refried beans for health reasons (not snobby, I was raised in Ukraine). And organic brands are too expensive. We tried and loved refried beans during our trips to Mexico so many times.

This Ukrainian girl is super happy to be able to make her own and share the recipe with you. 🙂

Ingredients to Make Refried Beans

  • Dried pinto beans is traditional choice. They are pink beans. No need to soak, I just rinse them.
  • Black beans are more common in stores and pantries, and are used to make healthy refried beans.

Instant Pot Refried Beans cooked and wooden spoon inside the pot

  • Small can of diced green chiles – I always keep a few on hand for spontaneous Mexican cooking. They are not spicy, so a good substitute would be seeded and minced jalapeno.
  • Onion, garlic and a few dried spices.

How to Make Instant Pot Refried Beans

New to Instant Pot? Check out my Instant Pot guide. Need one? See which one I recommend to buy.

  • Rinse and drain dried beans – no need to soak.
  • Add all ingredients to Instant Pot – no need to stir.
  • Cook on high pressure for 40 minutes.
  • Release pressure right away and drain the beans.
  • Reserve the liquid – we need some to for pureeing.
  • Puree beans with 1 cup liquid until desired consistency.

pureeing Instant Pot Refried Beans with an immersion blender inside the pot pureed Instant Pot Refried Beans with wooden spoon inside the pot

How to Store and Reheat Refried Beans

Refrigerate refried beans for up to 5 days. Let them cool completely before though. I like to store my food in glass containers. If using plastic, I recommend to add cooled food to minimize exposure to chemicals.

Freeze in any airtight container for up to 3 months. You can also freeze them flat to save space and for that I love resealable silicone bags. Thaw overnight in the fridge or for 6 hours on the counter.

Reheat by simmering on low. Cold refried beans thicken, so it’s a good idea to add a splash of water, broth or that cooking liquid.

Instant Pot Refried Beans recipe in red bowl with cilantro and japaenos

Serving and Pairing Refried Beans

I don’t know about you but Taco Tuesday happens in our household whenever I feel like it. And here is what we whip out based on stock. Don’t worry, I never make it all. 🙂

Please enjoy and I would love to hear how you like this recipe!

More Easy Instant Pot Side Dishes

Instant Pot Refried Beans in a bowl garnished with rema, jalapenos, tomatoes and dried beans scattered around

Instant Pot Refried Beans

Instant Pot Refried Beans

Instant Pot Refried Beans are easy to make with dried beans, no lard and in just 1 hour in your pressure cooker. Healthy easy side dish for your Mexican night!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 181kcal
Author: Olena Osipov


  • 2 cups 1 lb pinto beans, dried & rinsed
  • 5 cups water or low sodium veggie/chicken broth
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 oz can diced green chiles
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 bay leaves


  • To any size Instant Pot, add beans, water/broth, onion,  garlic, diced green chiles, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper and bay leaves.
  • Close the lid, set pressure vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cook on High or Manual for 40 minutes.
  • When Instant Pot says Off or switches to Keep Warm mode, do Quick Release by turning sealing valve to Venting position until the pin drops down.
  • Open the lid and drain the beans over a colander set over bowl (we need some of the liquid).
  • Return beans to Instant Pot along with 1 cup liquid.
  • Using an immersion blender, puree until desired consistency. You can adjust thickness with more broth, if you wish.
  • Serve as a side dish with your favorite Mexican dishes like chicken tacos, quesadilla or carnitas. Make full taco bar with guacamole and pico de gallo.

Store: Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Freeze for up to 3 months.

  • Reheat: Reheat by simmering on low on the stove or in Instant Pot with a splash of that broth or water. If frozen, thaw on the counter for hours first.



  • I used broth for more flavor. In fact, it was water + bouillon cube.
  • If you don't have a can of green chiles, use minced seeded jalapeno.
  • Save broth leftovers for a bean soup.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 350mg | Potassium: 708mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 3mg
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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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  1. 5 stars
    Hey, Olena!
    So many of your recipes are my “go tos” especially using the Instant Pot, but the refried beans are the best. My husband is a vegetarian. I cook up a batch of rice, then season it and let it rest while the beans are cooking. Magnificent! Have also cooked your chicken tacos, chili…so many recipes. Can’t live without you. And when I have an Instant Pot question, I always go to IFoodReal to find my answer!

    Thanks so mucn
    Anne S. Grants Pass, Oregon

    1. Questions: don’t have immersion blender what do you suggest? I have a regular blender.

      Recipe looks great, I love all your time saving recipes and tips. This one is Missing the added fat in the traditional, which is good for most families but my kiddos need to eat higher calories due to slow growth. Can I add some butter or oil, and up to how much? How much would traditional retried beans have? Thank you!

      1. Yes, you can blend in regular blender. Just make sure the opening at the top (if you have it) is not fully closed, cover with towel, so heat can escape. Otherwise, if you blend it hot mixture will “explode” all over your kitchen. Heat needs to escape.
        Sure, add 1 tbsp of fat at a time, to taste.

  2. 5 stars
    Great Recipe, Appreciate your detail in the instructions. I did keep the liquid from beans and had the best chili ever I think due to that. Love refried bans and have done this recipe a couple times.

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