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Instant Pot Refried Beans

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


Instant Pot Refried Beans are a staple in my house. I can have rustic, chunky beans, cooked from dried in about an hour from my pressure cooker.




  • 8 ounces (1 heaping cup) dried pinto beans, sorted and rinsed
  • 2 cloves garlic (whole, with skins still on)
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cups water


  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 jalapeño, minced
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3 cups of cooked pinto beans and their cooking liquid (from above)
  • 1 teaspoons fine sea salt


  1. Pressure cook the beans for 40 minutes with Quick Release: Put the beans, whole garlic cloves, ½ teaspoon of salt, baking soda, bay leaf, and water in an Instant Pot or other the pressure cooker. Stir, and then lock the pressure cooker lid, Cook on high pressure for 40 minutes in an Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker ("Manual" or "Pressure Cook" mode), or for 35 minutes in a stovetop pressure cooker. Quick release the pressure. Remove the lid and discard the bay leaf and garlic cloves. Save the beans and the cooking liquid.
  2. Sauté the aromatics: Heat the vegetable oil in a large fry pan over medium-high heat until the oil is shimmering. Add the onion, smashed garlic cloves, jalapeño, and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt. Sauté until the onions are browned around the edges, about five minutes. (If the beans aren't done, turn the heat off and move the pan to a cool burner. When the beans are done, put the pan back over medium-high heat and continue with step 3.)
  3. Fry the beans: Add the beans and all of their cooking liquid to the fry pan. Be careful - the hot oil may splatter when the wet beans are added. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of salt over the beans. Start mashing the beans, stirring as you go to get the onions evenly distributed. Keep cooking the beans, mashing and stirring occasionally, until the beans thicken, about eight minutes. Serve and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex

Keywords: Pressure Cooker Refried Pinto Beans, Instant Pot Refried Pinto Beans