Instant Pot Refried Beans in 90 Minutes

  • Author: Paula Rhodes
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex


Simple refried beans are cooked in the Instant Pot with no pre-soaking required.


  • 1/4 cup bacon grease or vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 4-1/2 cups hot tap water
  • 1 pound dried pinto beans, sorted and washed
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon salt (or Adobo seasoning)
  • Ground black pepper and/or hot sauce (optional)


  1. Add bacon grease to Instant Pot and set to “Sauté.” When grease is melted, add onions, garlic and jalapeño pepper. Sauté approximately 3-5 minutes until onions are soft.
  2. Pour hot tap water into pot so it can come to a boil while you sort and wash beans.
  3. Add beans to pot and seal. Turn off the Sauté button and set to Cook on HIGH pressure for 50 minutes.
  4. Release pressure 10 minutes after pressure cooking finishes.
  5. Open pot and stir in tomato paste, salt, black pepper, and hot sauce to taste. If you have Adobo seasoning on hand, use it instead of salt for a more authentic Tex-Mex flavor.
  6. Use an immersion blender or a potato masher to pulverize beans to your preferred level of chunkiness. If you like your beans really smooth, use a food processor and blend in batches.


  1. If beans seem too dry after mashing, add a little bit of water to bring to desired consistency.
  2. Skip step #4 if you just want a mean bowl of beans.


  • Serving Size: 1/12 of recipe
  • Calories: 185 kcal
  • Sugar: 2.6 g
  • Sodium: 341.8 mg
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.8 g
  • Fiber: 6.6 g
  • Protein: 8.6 g

Keywords: pinto beans, Instant Pot, simple and easy refried beans