Instant Pot Refried Beans

Instant Pot Refried Beans

If you're watching out for a healthy recipe for your diet, or finding a good and simple recipe for tacos or tortilla fillings, etc.

If you don't want to use more canned beans and have finally decided to learn it yourself - Then this Instant Pot Refried Beans recipe is just for you!

Refried Beans in a white plate topped with basil leaves

You will find this recipe a very simple and quick one you have ever come across to!

Plus they are the best replacement for canned beans which are so costly. Your achievement after trying this recipe would be that you'll get to know that how far delicious homemade refried beans taste when compared to canned ones with a very minimal cost!

Why This Recipe Works

Refried Beans is an easy-breezy recipe that just takes 8-minutes to get ready to eat using an Instant Pot. I am still surprised how only three simple ingredients can result in an extreme amount of richness!

The plus point is that you can use these Refried Beans for multiple tasks for example:

  • to thicken the soup, stew, or any broth.
  • as a filling for tacos, burritos, and tortillas, etc.
  • as a side dish or main course too.
  • as a breakfast because it's so light weighted and a healthy meal to start a day with.

So just make them in a big batch, store and then enjoy them anytime and with anything you want!

Recipe Video


Beans - You can use Pinto Beans as well as Black beans in the making this recipe, both will give the hands-down result at the end 🙂 Soak the beans overnight before the making day.

Lard - Fat in the making of Refried Beans is a very important ingredient. It adds extra richness and some kind of smoky flavor to beans! I am using Lard which actually is a pork fat but you can also use Olive Oil instead of it if you want to.

Fresh Basil -It gives a refreshing look and a lively taste to the recipe adding in a good kind of minty taste making the refried beans fancier and interest-taking for you 🙂

How to make

Turn on the Instant Pot and select 'Sauté'. Set time limit to 8 minutes.

Add ½ cup of pre-cooked Beans to an Instant Pot.

Add 2 tablespoons of Lard to it.

Add a teaspoon of salt to it.

Take a hand masher and mash the beans while cooking, to the level you want them soft to be. Keep them slightly chunkier so they feel so good while eating.

Let it simmer for a while. Then add some fresh Basil leaves to it.

Mash a bit again.

Then Press 'Cancel'. Dish out the creamy Refried Beans and serve hot!

How to serve

You can serve it as a very light side dish with some shredded cheese garnishing with chopped jalapenos, bell pepper, cilantro, and salsa topping or it also can be used as an amazing filling for tacos or burritos.

They can also be served with nachos as a delicious topping.

Or serve it for breakfast with some eggs at the sides and grated cheese on top!

Need more options? Check out What To Serve With Refried Beans for 15 delicious idas.


What amendments can I do to this recipe?

I like to keep it simple but if you want to add more flavors to it then you can add vegetable stock to it. It will enrich the taste of this dish. Or you can also use Chicken stock to it however you want its taste to be.

Secondly, you can add finely chopped mushroom, or sausages, or some jalapeno pepper so their little chunks in every bite would satisfy your cravings to have the refried beans in a different style.

Or you can also add some hot sauce and green chilies to it with a pinch of cumin powder if you want to. This is to make it more savorily delicious to eat.

Can I store Refried Beans and how?

Yes, you can store it for 2-3 days in the refrigerator and for a longer period in the freezer. Freeze them in a freezer-friendly container or freezer bag. For reheating, add a splash of water to beans and reheat it in a pot on the stovetop until it gains the exact consistency as it had at the time of making.

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Instant Pot Refried Beans

A simple and flavorful Mexican dish that can be made easily in Instant Pot…
5 from 7 votes
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Course: dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-Mex
Keyword: bean recipe, easy recipe, healthy, instant pot, quick recipe, Refried Beans
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Corrie


  • 2 tablespoon lard
  • ½ cup pinto beans pre-cooked
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • fresh basil


  • Turn on the Instant Pot. Press 'Saute' at normal and set timings for 8 minutes.
  • Add lard, beans, and salt to it.
  • Mash the beans and add fresh basil. Stir a bit.
  • Press 'Cancel'. Dish out the beans in the bowl and serve!


Calories: 2kcal Carbohydrates: 1g Protein: 1g Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 388mg Potassium: 11mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Vitamin A: 247IU Vitamin C: 2mg Calcium: 12mg Iron: 1mg



  • to pre-cook, the pinto beans wash them thoroughly and soak them overnight. then take an instant pot and saute onions, oil, garlic, and oregano to it then add beans and water to it. Pressure cook it for 35 to 40 minutes and is ready to refry.
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