With very little effort, you can make this Instant Pot Homemade Refried Beans Recipe for your family.  For a fraction of the cost of store bought beans, you can have an easy side dish for your Mexican recipes.

Learn how to make homemade refried beans for a fraction of the cost of buying them. Try Instant pot Homemade Refried beans recipe for a tasty meal.

Instant Pot Homemade Refried Beans Recipe

Did you know you can make refried beans at home for just pennies on the dollar? You can make delicious refried beans for much less than purchasing them and they taste SO much better!

How do you make instant refried beans?

Instead of paying around $1 per can, you can easily make your own refried pinto beans and place them in the freezer to save your family a ton of money.

It is so easy to make your own and you are going to love how they taste. I used a hand mixer to mix them up and smash them but you can also use an immersion blender.

Simple heat them up to eat when you are ready. Easy!

You will need an Electric Pressure cooker for this Homemade Refried Beans Recipe.

Now you will need an electric pressure cooker for this recipe. I am using an 8 quart Instant pot but you can use a 6 quart.

I personally have an Instant Pot and so far I am loving it.  You can find the Instant pot on sale here.

It’s really changed dinner time around here. Those days when I forget to take something out of the freezer is not a problem with my instant pot.

I can still have dinner ready and waiting on my family! I used frozen chicken in this recipe and it still cooked super fast in my instant pot.

No worries if you do not have a pressure cooker yet, try making Crock Pot Refried Beans in your slow cooker.

This Instant Pot Refried Beans Recipe in the pressure cooker can be ready in no time at all!

I love using my pressure cooker. It takes very little effort and you can have them ready and waiting!

What beans do you use for refried beans?

We use pinto beans but you can also try black beans. Those are equally as yummy.

Learn how to make homemade refried beans for a fraction of the cost of buying them. Try Instant pot Homemade Refried beans recipe for a tasty meal.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Refried beans from scratch:

  • 2 pounds of dry pinto beans
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped (you can just cut in half, if you want the flavor, but want to take the onion out later)
  • 9 cups of water per pound of beans (basically you just want double the amount of water in there than there are beans)
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 2 teaspoons of black pepper
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded

You can add a dash of olive oil if you prefer.

Learn how to make homemade refried beans for a fraction of the cost of buying them. Try Instant pot Homemade Refried beans recipe for a tasty meal.

How to make Homemade Refried Beans in the Instant Pot:

  1. Thoroughly rinse the beans.
  2. Place beans in the Instant Pot  and add all other ingredients.
  3. My first time to make the beans, I put the onion in whole (I just cut it in half). The second time, I threw in chopped onions and the onions stays in with the beans. I prefer this way, but if you are not an onion fan, you might just want to toss them in whole so you can strain it easier.
  4. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and make sure the valve is set to sealing.
  5. Set the pressure time to 50 minutes. I did a quick release but you can do the natural release too after you cook beans.
  6. Once they are cooked, use a slotted spoon to scoop out some of the cooking liquid into another bowl. Begin to mash the beans with a potato masher (you could use an immersion blender but it is easy to do it by hand).
  7. Add liquids from the Instant Pot as needed to get the desired consistency you prefer. ( I start with a cup of liquid)
  8. You get to decide how “mushy” you want them. Continue to mash the beans until all beans have been mashed.
  9. Then place the beans into containers for the freezer until ready to eat. 1 pound of dried beans will make about 4 “cans” of beans depending on if you use ½ cups or more.
  10. When you are ready to eat, just thaw the homemade refried beans in your fridge and cook on medium heat in a sauce pan or large pot. Stir occasionally until heated through. Cooking time will vary but range at 25 minutes.

What are some serving suggestions for Pressure Cooker Refried beans?

  • My kids love these in their tacos.
  • Make bean burritos.
  • Use as a side dish for tacos or other Mexican dishes.
  • Meatless Monday Ideas- Bean Nachos, Bean Tacos etc.
  • Make Taco Dip
  • Eat with Tortilla Chips
  • The ideas are endless!
Learn how to make homemade refried beans for a fraction of the cost of buying them. Try Instant pot Homemade Refried beans recipe for a tasty meal.

Refried Beans Instant Pot Recipe is so tasty and really easy to make. 

You might also like Instant Pot Refried Beans bacon version. The bacon infuses the beans for a wonderful flavor and it’s really tasty too.

Print this Instant Pot Homemade Refried beans recipe below:

Instant Pot Homemade Refried Beans

4.5 from 2 votes
Learn how to make homemade refried beans for a fraction of the cost of buying them. Try Instant pot Homemade Refried beans recipe for a tasty meal.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine Mexican
Course Side Dish
Calories 227
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds pinto beans
  • 1 onion (peeled and chopped (you can just cut in half, if you want the flavor, but want to take the onion out later))
  • 9 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded

Instructions

How to make Refried Beans in the Instant Pot:

  • Thoroughly rinse the beans.
  • Place beans in the Instant Pot and add all other ingredients.
  • My first time to make the beans, I put the onion in whole (I just cut it in half). The second time, I threw in chopped onions and the onions stays in with the beans. I prefer this way, but if you are not an onion fan, you might just want to toss them in whole so you can strain it easier.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot and make sure the valve is set to sealing.
  • Set the pressure time to 50 minutes. I did a quick release but you can do the natural release too.
  • Once they are cooked, use a slotted spoon to scoop out some of the mixture into another bowl. Begin to mash the beans with a potato masher (you could use an immersion blenderbut it is easy to do it by hand).
  • Add liquids from the Instant as needed to get the consistency you prefer.
  • You get to decide how “mushy” you want them. Continue to do this until all beans have been mashed.
  • Then place the beans into containers for the freezer until ready to eat. 1 pound of dried beans will make about 4 “cans” of beans.
  • When you are ready to eat, just thaw in your fridge and cook on low in a sauce pan, until heated through.

Recipe Notes

My kids love these in their tacos and even to make bean burritos.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 227kcal, Carbohydrates 42g, Protein 13g, Fat 1g, Sodium 1165mg, Potassium 700mg, Fiber 14g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 25IU, Vitamin C 5.4mg, Calcium 80mg, Iron 3.5mg

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  1. 4 stars
    I use smoked ham hocks & chicken stock and and garlic that’s all in my refries I take out the hocks remove the meat smoosh the beans a bit and everyone loves them. Love your site.