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Instant Pot Refried Bean

Simple and easy way to make Refried Beans that is fun of natural flavors and textures.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Dip, Side Dish
Cuisine: Hispanic, Mexican
Keyword: best instant pot refried beans, easy instant pot refried beans, instant pot refried beans, no soaked refried beans, pressure cook no soaked refried beans, pressure cook refried beans


  • Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot


  • 1 lb dry pinto beans about 2 cups
  • 4 cups low- sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ onion chopped


  • Press the sauté button on high. Add oil and wait for 30 seconds. Add chopped onions and cook for 2-3 minutes or until translucent. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Press the cancel button.
  • Add dried beans, broth, water, salt, pepper, oregano, chili, cumin, bay leaves and stir.
  • Place the lid on. Pressure cook on high for 45 minutes, followed by a 30 minutes natural release . Follow the manufacture instructions for releasing the pressure. Remove the lid. 
  • Drain the beans and reserve the liquid. Return the beans to the pot. Pour about ½ cup of reserved liquid in with the beans. Use a hand held blender or potato masher, blend/smash until smooth or to your liking. If the refried beans are too thick add more reserved liquid.

Serve as a dip or side dish. Enjoy!