Instant Pot Refried Beans

Instant Pot Refried Beans

The best Homemade Refried Beans, customized to your taste!


  • 1 pound of picked over and presoaked or brined Pinto Beans
  • 1 tablespoon of oil, bacon drippings or lard
  • 1 onion, halved pole to pole
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons Mexican Pinto Bean Spice, homemade preferred, optional
  •  water to cover by one inch
  • a sprig or two of Epazote, optional


Add all ingredients to Instant Pot. Seal and set to High Pressure, 20 minutes. Allow to go to Keep Warm Function for 10 minutes then release pressure in small spurts, stopping and letting the pot sit for 30 seconds if anything other than pure steam comes out. (If timing isn’t an issue, the pressure may be released naturally for longer or until the pot is completely depressurized.)

Remove sprigs of Epazote and discard. Remove onion and slice off the hard stem end, then return to the pot. If desired, bring to a simmer, taste and adjust seasonings.

Drain the liquid from the beans, reserving it. Mash in pot as desired, adding liquid as needed, until desired texture and thickness is reached. Do not discard the remainder of the cooking liquid yet, as beans will thicken as they sit and may need additional thinning.

Alternatively, remove the beans from the pot to a blender or food processor and pulse, adding liquid as needed to achieve desired texture.


  • Presoak beans in Instant Pot by adding beans, 3 tablespoons salt one tablespoon oil and water to cover by two inches. Set to High Pressure 2 minutes.  When finished let the steam out carefully in short bursts. If anything other than steam comes out or if there is foam or sputtering, stop and wait for 30 seconds, then restart. Drain and rinse.
  • The cooking time for beans may vary; presoaking helps but test several in the pot and add additional time as needed.
  • Store in refrigerator, lid ajar until cool, then cover. While this amount of beans are safe to store as is, in the interest of food safetly, do not store large amounts of refried beans in one large container. Divide into two or more.
  • Beans may be frozen and reheated at a later time. More liquid may need to be added.

Keywords: Instant Pot, Refried Beans, Dried Beans, Pinto Beans

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