Instant Pot Refried Beans - Vegan, naturally gluten-free, Creamy, flavorful and effortless way of making refried beans at home in Instant pot/pressure cooker.
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Instant Pot Refried Beans

Instant Pot Refried Beans - Vegan, naturally gluten-free, Creamy, flavorful and effortless way of making refried beans at home in Instant pot/pressure cooker.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Instant Pot Refried Beans, Vegetarian Refried Beans
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
resting time 3 hours
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Calories 518kcal
Author Dhwani

Ingredients

  • 2 cups - Dried beans
  • 4 cups - water + more for soaking
  • 2 tbsp - oil
  • 2 - Bay leaves
  • 1 tsp - Grated garlic
  • 1/2 cup - Chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp - Taco seasoning
  • 1/2 tbsp - Red chili powder According to your taste
  • 1/2 tbsp - Cumin powder
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

Pre-soaked method

  • First, take pinto beans and wash them well.
  • Boil 6 cups of water. Switch of the flame. Add rinsed pinto beans.
  • Soak them for at least 3 hours. Drain the water.
  • Heat oil in the inner pot of IP.
  • Now add bay leaves, garlic, and onion. Saute for a few seconds.
  • Now add soaked pinto beans, 4 cups of water, salt, chili powder, cumin powder, and taco seasoning.
  • Stir well, cover IP with locking lid, press the manual/pressure button for 20 minutes, vent valve on sealing position.
  • Once cooking time is done, let the pressure release naturally.
  • Open the lid. Drain excess water in a separate bowl. DONT discard the water.
  • Now take the cooked beans in IP inner pot.
  • Use an immersion blender to puree the beans until smooth and creamy, slowly and gradually adding cooking liquid back to the beans until your desired consistency is reached. I have added 1.5 cups of cooking liquid.
  • Instant pot Refried beans are ready.
  • Garnish it with chopped tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro and cheese. Enjoy!

For No-soak Method.

  • Heat oil in the inner pot of IP.
  • Now add bay leaves, garlic, and onion. Saute for a few seconds.
  • Now add soaked pinto beans, 6 cups of water, salt, chili powder, cumin powder, and taco seasoning.
  • Press manual/pressure button for 50 minutes under high pressure, vent valve set on sealing position.
  • Follow the remaining steps, from number 9 to 14.

Video

Notes

There is one more way of cooking the refried beans in Instant Pot.

  • First, boil the beans in instant pot.
  • Then drain the water in a separate bowl.
  • Mash the beans with a blender.
  • Turn on saute mode, Heat oil in an IP, add bay leaves, garlic, and onion.
  • Saute for few seconds, add mashed beans and all the seasoning. Add some cooking liquid.
  • Cook them on saute mode for about 2 minutes, stirring continuously.
Feel free to use your choice of seasoning or you can omit too if you wish to.
You may also add Jalapenos to give the extra spicy kick.
I didn't have vegetable broth on hand so used just water, but if you have veggie broth, I highly recommend you to use that instead of water. Cooking beans in broth or stock add more flavors.
You can mash the beans with a potato masher, in a blender or in a food processor too instead of mashing it with an immersion blender.
Refried beans stay fresh up to a week in the refrigerator and up to 3 months in the freezer. I have share storing method above before recipe card. Please have a look.
This recipe can easily be doubled.
You can use remaining water from boiled beans in making soups.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 518kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 11g | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 1749mg | Fiber: 19g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 480IU | Vitamin C: 8.4mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 9.1mg