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Refried Beans

Simple & easy refried beans that are better than your favorite restaurant.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword beans, instant pot, pressure cooker, refried
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 lb dried pinto beans 3 cups approx.
  • 2 quarts water
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 tsp salt + more to taste
  • ½ cup cheese


  • In the pressure cooking pot, combine beans & water. Lock the lid in place, select high & 1 minute cook time.
  • When the cook time ends, turn off the cooker & let beans soak 1 hour.
  • Lock the lid back into place & select high pressure & 5 minutes cook time.
  • When cook time ends, turn off the cooker & let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes & then finish with quick release. Once the valve drops, remove the lid.
  • Check that the beans are very tender & the skins are starting to split. You may need to cook on manual for 1 minute more.
  • Drain beans into a colander & reserve cooking water.
  • Select browning/saute & add the cooking oil to the pot with onions. Saute approx 3 minutes or until tender.
  • Stir in beans, salt & 1 cup of the reserved cooking water. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Use a potato masher or immersion blender to smash the beans & create a chunky puree. Add more cooking water if needed.
  • Stir in cheese & any additional salt if desired.