Best Refried Beans (Instant Pot)

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December 8, 2020

A bowl of refried beans.We got tons of pinto beans from food boxes, so I decided to find a really good Instant Pot refried beans recipe and make up a big batch.


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 65 minutes

Yield: Serves 8 to 10


  • 2 cups dry pinto beans
  • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 jalapeno cored, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock or vegetable stock divided
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/8 to 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper optional
  • 1 cup Mexican cheese
Ingrdients for Instant Pot refried beans.


  1. Wash and rinse pinto beans in a colander. Saute chopped onion, jalapeno, and garlic in olive oil at the saute setting on Instant Pot and cook until slightly browned.
  2. Stir in a cup of the water and scrape down sides of pot. Add remaining water and chicken broth and stir. Add seasonings and mix. Add rinsed pinto beans.
  3. A pot of beans in an Instant Pot.

  4. Pressure cook for 50 minutes until done. Using an emulsion blender, blend the beans to desired consistency, pouring out most of the excess water, if any. Add in 2 cups Mexican cheese. Stir until cheese is melted and incorporated. Serve.
  5. Using an immersion blender in a pot of beans.
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