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Instant Pot Refried Beans

  • Author: Iosune
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 1 hour
  • Total: 1 hour 10 mins
  • 6-8 1x
  • Side Dish, Appetizer
  • Mexican
  • Vegan

Servings 6-8 1x

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Instant Pot refried beans, easy, creamy, and super flavorful. They have a wonderfully thick texture and are made with only a few ingredients.


  • 1 pound dried pinto beans (450 g), rinsed and odd beans removed
  • 4 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 8 cups vegetable stock or water (2 l)
  • 12 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (optional)


  1. Add all the ingredients to the Instant Pot (you don’t need to previously soak the beans) and stir.
  2. Place the lid on your Instant Pot, set the valve to the “sealing” position, press the “pressure cook” or “manual” button, and set the pressure to high. Then cook for 40 minutes.
  3. Natural release for 10-15 minutes and then carefully move the valve to the “venting” position and let the pressure release completely.
  4. Remove the lid from the Instant Pot and drain the beans but don’t discard the liquid.
  5. Mash the beans using a potato masher or an immersion blender. For a chunky texture, use a potato masher, but for a smooth texture, use an immersion blender (I prefer to use an immersion blender, but it’s up to you!).
  6. Add ½ cup (120 ml) of the reserved cooking liquid and stir to combine. Continue adding the cooking liquid a little at a time until you get your desired consistency. Keep in mind they’ll thicken as they sit. 
  7. Use your Instant Pot refried beans immediately as a side dish for vegan chicken or vegan steak or spread them over some vegan bread. You can also dip tortilla chips in them!
  8. Keep the leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. 


  • This Instant Pot refried beans recipe calls for traditional American chili powder, not cayenne. Cayenne and international chili powders are usually incredibly spicy. So if you live outside of the United States, please keep that in mind. If you can only find cayenne, add it to taste.
  • Omit the chili powder if you’re not into spicy food.
  • Feel free to add any veggies, spices, or herbs you want.
  • You can use any type of oil or salt.


  • Serving Size: 1/8 of the recipe
  • Calories: 222
  • Sugar: 1.8 g
  • Sodium: 309 mg
  • Fat: 2.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 37.7 g
  • Fiber: 9.3 g
  • Protein: 12.5 g