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How To Make Refried Beans in Your Instant Pot!

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How To Make Refried Beans in your Instant Pot. Making homemade refried beans is a breeze, perfect smooth and flavorful beans every time! Yields 12-13 Cups

A couple weeks ago I shared with you how easy it is boil eggs in your instant pot and have pretty much the best hard-boiled eggs of your life. No joke!

As I have continued to learn and mess around with my bright and shiny new Instant Pot, I am continually amazed at how much this little pot can do!

So be prepared for more tips and tricks and yummy recipes to help you get some my miles on your Instant Pot. 

Raise your hand if you have been intimated to make beans from scratch?? My HAND is way up! 

For the longest time I was scared to try making beans from scratch – I had tried a couple times and ended up with crunchy not so awesome beans even after soaking and hours and hours of simmering on the stove. It was a complete bummer so I kept going back to canned beans, with the added salts and preservatives because it was just easier.

But that was before my Instant Pot! 

Now I can make a ton of beans in about 20-30 minutes and then freeze them and pull them out as needed! Talk about a game changer and money saver! 

Homemade refried beans have become a staple in our home. My kiddos love them and will even eat them straight up as a bean dip with their chips. And don’t even get me started on the epic 7 layer dip I made for the super bowl with them! YUM! 

Anyways you get the picture, these refried beans are a breeze to make and are the best-refried beans ever! 

The process is super easy with a very few simple ingredients. To get started chop up one small onion or half a larger onion and 2-3 cloves of garlic.

Turn Instant Pot Saute function on once it begins to heat up add about 1 TBS Olive Oil and onions and saute until translucent towards the end add the minced garlic cloves. 

Once your onions and garlic are cooked add 4 Cups of water and 2 Cups Vegetable Broth stirring gently. 

To soak or not to soak that is the question… I am a fan of soaking. There are several studies that show that by soaking beans for more than 24 hours you can remove excess sugars that cause indigestion and gas – so a big win there! And it can help remove contaminants that might have leached on during harvesting and production. So less gas and weird contaminants make soaking worth the extra time. So a couple days prior just place your dry beans in a large bowl cover with water to the top of the bowl, you may want to check in every 8 hours or so to see if you need to add more water. The beans tend to expand and may need more water! 

So back to the recipe once you have soaked your beans {1 16oz bag} and are ready to add them to your Instant Pot just drain them and rinse them a couple time in water. Once the beans have been rinsed add them to the Instant Pot. 


My two magic ingredients that give these beans loads of flavor are cumin and garlic salt! They take these beans from drab to fab! You’ll add 3 tablespoons garlic salt and 1 tablespoon cumin. Trust me I have messed with the portions of the salt and this is the perfect measurement. It may seem like a ton but we’re talking 2 pounds of beans. 

And the final secret ingredient, some Chalula! This gives the beans a tiny kick that is perfect! Add 1 -2 Tablespoons depending on how much you like hot sauce. 😉 After adding the hot sauce stir a couple times and place lid on your Instant Pot, make sure the vent it locked on seal! Hit the manual button and adjust the timer to 17 minutes. Instant Pot will take about 10 minutes to get to the right pressure then the timer will begin – once your timer goes off you’ll do a quick release – to do this put a towel over the vent and move the vent to “Vent” 

Just like I am in the picture… I am dying over my face in this picture it is HILARIOUS! And sums up how I feel every time I complete a “quick release”! I know I look a little, okay a lot scared but trust me it is a cinch and you’ll become a pro in no time! 

Once your beans are done, ladle them into your Blender – It will probably take you to rounds of blending! Pulse the beans on puree until they are smooth and creamy looking! 

See how rich and creamy delicious these beans look! 

You can either eat them right away or pour them into freezer safe containers for later. My kids and I like them straight up with chips or in burritos, 7 layer bean dip, quesadillas, really the possibilities are endless! 

Instant Pot Refried Beans

How To Make Refried Beans in your Instant Pot.  Making homemade refried beans is a breeze, perfect smooth and flavorful beans every time! Yields 12-13 Cups 

Course Dinner
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes


  • 1 Onion
  • 1 TBS Olive Oil
  • 2-3 Cloves Garlic
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 2 Cups Vegetable Broth
  • 16 oz Dry Beans
  • 3 TBS Garlic Salt
  • 1 TBS Cumin
  • 2-3 TBS Chalula Hot Sauce


  1. Saute onion and garlic in Instant Pot using the Saute setting until onions are translucent and fragrant. 

  2. Add Water and Vegetable Broth 

  3. Rinse Beans {See Soaking Instructions in Post} and add to Instant Pot

  4. Add Garlic Salt, Cumin, and Hot Sauce

  5. Add lid and set vent to "seal"

  6. Use the manual button and set timer for 17 minutes

  7. Once timer goes off - perform quick release

  8. Spoon beans into blender and puree until the desired consistency! 

It really is a pretty simple process especially compared to the old-fashioned time-consuming way! So next time you’re a the store be brave and grab a bag of the dry beans and skip the cans you may never go back to cans again! 

Let’s play a little game how many of you were REALLY paying attention?? What changed in my pictures from the beginning until the end??? 

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