Instant Pot Refried Beans are way better than the canned stuff. Ready from dry beans in just over an hour! Lots of flavor. #instantpotrecipes #instantpotrefriedbeans #pressurecookerrefriedbeans

Instant Pot Refried Beans

These Instant Pot Refried Beans are way better than than canned. Ready from dry beans in just over an hour! These have lots of flavor!

Course Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword instant pot mexican, instant pot recipes, instant pot refried beans, pressure cooker refried beans
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 175 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 1 lb Beans, dry (rinsed and sorted) Kidney, Pinto, or Black Beans
  • 4 1/2 cups Chicken Broth (or Vegetable Broth or Water)
  • 1 Large Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Bacon Fat, Lard, or Olive Oil
  • 3-4 cloves Garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 tsp Kosher or Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Mexican Oregano (or regular oregano)
  • 1 Jalapeño, seeded and chopped (optional)
  • 1 Bay Leaf (optional)


  1. Rinse, drain, and sort the beans. Put them in the inner liner of the Instant Pot.

  2. Add the broth/water.

  3. Press the Sauté button on the IP to start warming up the broth or water. This helps the IP come to pressure quicker.

  4. Add the chopped onion, fat/oil, jalapeño, garlic, spices, and bay leaf and stir.

  5. Press the Cancel/Keep Warm button to cancel the sauté mode. Put the lid on the IP and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.

  6. Press the Pressure Cook/Manual button or dial, and then the + or - button or dial to select 45 minutes (High Pressure). The pot will take a few minutes to come to pressure.

  7. When cooking cycle ends, let the pot sit and naturally release the pressure for about 15-25 minutes, or longer if you want.

  8. Manually release the remaining pressure/steam by turning the steam release knob to Venting, and when the pin in the lid drops, carefully open the lid.

  9. Stir the beans.
  10. Use an immersion blender (or food processor) to blend up the beans (Careful doing this with hot beans). Or use a potato masher if you like more texture. It thickens up as it cools.

Recipe Notes

Garnish with avocado, or Cotija cheese, pepitas, tomatoes, cilantro, or anything you like!