recipe for instant pot refried beans

Best Damn Instant Pot Refried Beans

  • Author: RecipeTeacher
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • 1 lb pinto beans, dry
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons taco seasoning
  • 1/2 finely chopped and deseeded jalapeno pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (plus extra for garnish)
  • 1 teaspoon salt + more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf



  1. Set Instant Pot to saute mode. When hot add oil, cumin seeds and bay leaf. Let sizzle for about 30 seconds.
  2. Next add the onion and jalapeno and saute for about 1 minute. Then add garlic, cilantro, paprika, taco seasoning and salt ans saute for 1 more minute.
  3. Press cancel to stop the saute mode and add 1 cup of water and scrape and stuck on bits off the bottom of the pot. Add remaining 4 cups of water and the beans. Secure lid and pressure cook on high for 45 minutes. Then do 20 minutes natural release.
  4. Carefully remove lid, remove the bay leaf, drain liquid and set it aside (important!). Use an immersion blender or a potato masher and mash/blend the beans until the become smooth or desired consistency. Add the reserve liquid in batches until you get the consistency you like. The beans will thicken quite a bit so you’ll wind up using most of the reserve liquid.
  5. Add any additional salt and the lime juice and serve with your favorite garnish.