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Instant Pot Refried Beans

Enjoy these delicious instant pot refried beans on a burrito, tostada, or with some yellow fluffy rice. Made with just a handful of ingredients!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Natural Release15 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Mexican American, Tex Mex
Servings: 6
Calories: 360kcal


  • Instant Pot


  • 1 lb dried pinto beans rinsed
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 5 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp chicken bouillon powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Add 2 tbsp of oil to the instant pot and press the "saute" function. Add the onions and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the minced garlic, oregano, chili powder, cumin, bay leaf, and chicken bouillon powder. Cook for 15 seconds.
  • Add the rinsed pinto beans and 6 cups of water. Stir and then place the lid on top and make sure to seal the valve. Press the "pressure cook" function and cook for 40 minutes.
  • Once the 40 minutes are up, do a natural release for 15 minutes. Make sure to release all of the steam before opening.
  • Remove the beans and liquid from the instant pot and set aside.
  • Add the remaining oil to the instant pot and press the "saute" function.
  • Once the oil heats up, add the beans along with about 1/4 cup of the liquid. Discard the rest of the liquid.
  • Mash the beans using a potato masher or the back of a ladle. Season the beans generously with salt and pepper. Let the beans cook for 5-10 minutes or until they thicken to your desired consistency.
  • Enjoy with cheese and sour cream!


  • The cooking time does not include the time it takes the instant pot to come to pressure. 
  • Read the instant pot manual before using it. 


Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 1105mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 133IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 4mg