Refried beans in a bowl.

Instant Pot Refried Beans Recipe

Instant Pot Refried Beans - the best refried beans made with dry pinto beans, no soaking required. Flavorful, creamy and done in under 1 hour! So much better than canned beans!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Instant Pot refried beans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
pressure release time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 145 kcal
Author Anna


  • 1 lb pinto beans dry (2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
US Customary - Metric


  1. Make sure the inner pot is in your Instant Pot. Press saute setting and wait 2 minutes.
  2. Add oil and onion. Saute 2 minutes. Add garlic and spices (chili powder, cumin and oregano). Saute 2 minutes. Press cancel/off button.
  3. Add 1/2 cup water to the Instant Pot and using a wooden spoon, deglaze the bottom of the pot. Scrape any cooked on bits.
  4. Add beans and remaining water and stock. Stir everything.
  5. Close the lid, set valve to sealing position (the newer IP models do it on their own). Make sure the Instant Pot is set to cook on high pressure. Press manual setting and set timer to 45 minutes. The pressure cooker will beep and will start coming to pressure. This can take about 5 to 7 minutes.
  6. Once the timer is done, press cancel/off button and let the Instant Pot release the pressure naturally (do not switch the valve). When the pin drops, carefully open the lid away from your face. Stir the beans.
  7. Set a big colander over a big bowl and strain the beans. Return beans to IP insert. Using a stick blender or hand masher, mash beans to desired consistency, adding the reserved liquid as needed.
  8. Serve or cool completely and store in container with lid for up to 4 days.

Recipe Notes

If you like your refried beans completely smooth, add use 3 cups total of water to cook the beans. You will need the extra liquid to mash the beans.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Refried Beans Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 145 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Sodium 518mg23%
Potassium 371mg11%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Vitamin C 2.4mg3%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.