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Refried Beans {in the INSTANT POT}

Yup, you read that right! You can make refried beans in the Instant Pot or any other electric pressure cooker!

I have to say that the best Christmas gift I have ever received from my mom probably TEN years ago was my pressure cooker! Long before the real craze of the electric pressure cookers my mom bought my first one from QVC. It was under their name brand but man oh man did I love that thing!!  So much so that it broke a few years ago. So, since I am so in LOVE with my pressure cooker I did my research and settled on the Instant Pot to replace my broken one.  Please keep in mind that all my recipes for an electric pressure cooker can be used with any brand! 

These beans were a large mixture of trial and error! My husband, Bryan, and I are huge fans of Mexican food! Therefore, we wanted better tasting than canned refried beans for ourselves! We made several batches of either too salty, too watery, too thick, or too bland beans.  Too be more accurate every time we made these beans we decided to measure by weight! This way they come out the same EVERY TIME! Every time I have made these beans for an event I have got rave reviews and have been asked for the recipe! The best thing is ITS ONLY THREE INGREDIENTS!! Yes, only three ingredients, its only dry pinto beans, water and salt! 

If you need to make a large batch and want to keep them from drying out add some cheddar cheese, this will add some fat which will prevent the beans from getting dry and crusty.

Refried Beans
Serves 16
Creamy and delicious refried beans.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 hr 5 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 hr 5 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
99 calories
18 g
0 g
0 g
6 g
0 g
117 g
249 g
1 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 99
Calories from Fat 3
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 249mg
Total Carbohydrates 18g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 1g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 455 grams Dry Pinto Beans
  2. 10 grams Salt
  3. 1400 grams Water
  1. Place all ingredients in the pot. Close the lid and set the pressure valve to pressure. Use the manual pressure setting and set the pressure cooker to high pressure for 65 minutes. Once the pressure cooker is finished cooking use the quick release to release the pressure. Once the lid is off use an immersion blender (if you don't own one you can use a regular blender or food processor, beware of blending hot liquids) and blends the mixture to desired consistency.
  1. We like our beans to be a smoother texture so we blend until everything is looking very consistent!
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