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Instant Pot Refried Beans Recipe (Restaurant-Style)

The best refried beans made with dry pinto beans right in your Instant Pot!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Natural Release20 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Budget-friendly side dish idea, Easy Side Dish, Instant Pot, refried beans, side dish
Servings: 12
Calories: 178kcal


  • Instant Pot (or Pressure Cooker)


  • 3 cups dry pinto beans rinsed
  • 1 onion peeled and quartered
  • jalapeno pepper seeded and diced; more or less depending on how hot you prefer your beans
  • 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin optional
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups water


  • Place the liner into the Instant Pot.
  • Place the onion, rinsed beans, jalapeno, garlic, salt, pepper, and cumin into the liner of the Instant Pot.
  • Pour in the water and the chicken broth.
  • Place the lid on top of the Instant Pot. Move the valve to SEALING.
  • Press the MANUAL (or PRESSURE COOK) button and set the timer for 45 minutes.
  • Let the pressure do a natural release when it's done (will take 15-25 minutes).
  • Drain the excess liquid from the beans and set liquid aside.
  • Using a potato masher or handheld electric mixer, mash the cooked beans until they reach the desired consistency. Add drained liquid back in as needed (I usually add 1/2 cup - 1 cup of liquid back in).
  • Serve and enjoy!


I love to top these bean with shredded cheese or cotija cheese, some fresh cilantro, and diced jalapenos.
If your family doesn't like the heat from jalapenos, you can substitute a can of green chilies.

How to freeze these beans:

You could easily freeze these beans (once they have cooled down, I stick them in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag and place them in the freezer. When you want to eat them, remove from the freezer and let them thaw for a few hours in the fridge, then heat up in the microwave until warmed through.
You could also turn these beans into a freezer meal by making Freezer Refried Bean Burritos!


Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 878mg | Potassium: 759mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 3mg