Instant Pot Refried Beans

March 11, 2024   19 Comments

There is nothing fried about instant pot refried beans - but it sure tastes like heavy, luxurious food.

Instant Pot Refried Beans

This is one of those magical recipes that sounds like it would be really high in calories but isn’t! You don’t need lard to make these beans into something special but an Instant Pot will help.

It is really hard for me not use my Instant Pot for all my recipes since I like the results so much! Check out my light instant pot chicken and rice for more inspiration.

Cooking beans is the reason that you should buy an instant pot. Without pre-soaking, I tossed these pinto beans into my Instant Pot and less than an hour later, I had absolutely perfect beans.

One dollar of dried beans turned into about five dollars of canned beans. You do that 25 times and you will pay for the $100 Instant Pot. Also, you can control the amount of salt in your beans and they taste better than canned.

Have you noticed how canned beans can sometimes taste like the can?

So, these look pretty perfect and the consistency is also perfect. If you have attempted to cook your own beans, you know you can get crunchy or mushy results.

This recipe is a bit different than many Instant Pot recipes because you don’t throw everything in at once. You cook the beans and then you cook the flavoring agents (onions, chilis, etc.)

You do not have to do it this way. If I am in a hurry, I will cook the onions in another pot while the beans are cooking.

This way, you can just toss the cooked beans into the onions, garlic, and chilis - mash and serve.

BUT, you will have to wash an extra pot. Which is not as wonderful as just using the Instant Pot for the entire recipe as I did in the above photo.

I eat these beans with rice, tortillas, eggs, over chips, on toast or all on their own. They are so creamy and flavorful!! Take THAT mayonnaise.

Have you made refried pinto beans in the Instant Pot? What do you serve with them?

Instant Pot Refried Beans Recipe

2.2 from 29 reviews

Makes 8 servings

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1 1/2 cups dried pinto beans, rinsed, pebbles removed
5 cups reduced sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1-6 ounce can green chiles, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon oregano, dried


Add pinto beans, chicken broth, and one teaspoon cumin to the Instant Pot. Choose MANUAL and cook on high pressure for 40 minutes. When finished, allow a natural pressure release before opening the Instant Pot.

Drain beans into a sieve over a bowl to keep cooking liquid. Rinse Instant Pot liner and put back into pot. Select SAUTE, and add canola oil. Add onion, chiles, garlic, and one teaspoon cumin. Cook until onions are softened about 3 minutes. Turn off heat and add oregano, beans, and 1 1/2 cups of cooking liquid.

You can mash the beans with a potato mashers or puree in a blender. Adjust seasonings and add more liquid if needed.

Nutrition Facts

For one serving = 168 calories, 3.3 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 25.7 g carbohydrates, 1.4 g sugar, 8.8 g protein, 6.2 g fiber, 400 mg sodium, 1 Freestyle Pts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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I love beans. This looks good. I don’t have an instapot, but maybe I need to ask Santa for one.

We just inventoried our freezer and I have a couple dozen bags of roasted green chilis. Now this recipe that uses them. Time to make up a batch!

I recently acquired an Instant Pot, I love how I can take frozen meat from the freezer and have it become dinner in less than an hour :)

For this recipe, which sounds delicious - I wonder if you can't just saute the aromatics, then add the beans to the pot and cook it all together? Since you're pureeing all at the end anyway.

@Christine - I think that could work but I think the idea of adding it in at the end is to make the flavor stronger. It would be more decomposed (for lack of a better word) if you cook the aromatics at high pressure.

Great question!!

I’m going to have to try this one. I use my instant pot all the time for soups. I’ve found beans to be a bit of a challenge (soaked or not) which I think may have to do with the freshness of the beans which is hard to determine with dried beans.

Do not have the pot. May I just cook beans as always, sauté spices, onions....then combine in bean pot?

Dont have an instant pot but am soaking pintos overnight to make tomorrow. I'm planning to leave out the oil to keep beans at O pts. All the other flavors should be enough. I wonder if roasted hatch chiles would work in this dish. I just happen to have some in freezer. What do you think?

It says that it serves 6. How much is a serving? 1/2 cup, 1cup? Thank you!

Beans - Yum! Low FSP - Double Yum!! This recipe looks so satisfying. Love me some beans. And your last sentence says it all - they can be eaten so many ways. As a matter of fact, I often use hummus instead of mayonnaise if I am just using it as a sandwich spread. Now I have this yummy concoction. I am among the non-instant pot owners. I will have to think about that. But in the meantime, I will certainly try this stove top. Once again, thanks Snack Girl, for another tasty, healthy treat!

Love my instant pot. I usually do some type of bean every weekend. Thanks for the recipe. I'm oil free so will just saute the onions in broth first.

The Refried beans recipe for the IP looks delicious. Definitely want to make it. Homemade chicken, fish or shrimp tacos are a staple at our house and help me get good food on the table fairly quickly. These beans will make a great side. Appreciate that you provide Freestyle points.

@Trisha - a serving is about 1-11/2 cups of beans. Thanks for your question!

I do something similar, but I cook an entire bag of pinto beans in my instant pot. Because it is just my husband and I that will eat them, I portion out 2 cup portions of beans with some of the liquid and freeze in baggies. Than when we want them I saute some onion, garlic, peppers with the beans and the liquid. They are so good!

Hi Lisa! Your BCSM buddy here! could you confirm is "natural release" in an Instapot just letting the pressure slowly come down (i.e., not press the button that lets a bunch of steam out in a hurry). Hope you're well! Susie


Dearest Susie - yes! you just let it sit there. Perhaps they should call it "let it sit there and don't touch it" instead of "natural release". Thanks for your question!

I would give it a 1000/10 if I could it was amazing!!! I have been on this keto diet but this was amazing!

E-book to keto meals I love, wanted to share because I love the vibe from this community



Gets better tasting every day. Easy to make and easy to reheat. Cheap too!


I tried this and it is a winner. I have made it twice. Seems to get better each time. My husband asks for this too.


Is a instant pot the same as a pressure cooker

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