Before we get too far into this post I need to be upfront. These aren’t actually refried beans. They aren’t fried and contain no oil! I call them Instant Pot Refried Beans so you’ll know this recipe is for the Instant Pot and so you’ll know what to expect bean wise.
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In 2012 when I started blogging, one of my first recipes was called Unfried Beans. I love that recipe but it has people confused and it doesn’t exactly rank high in Google searches because no one searches for unfried beans.
This new recipe, designed for the Instant Pot, is basically that same delicious recipe I’ve made hundreds of times. Since it’s all being cooked together I add fresh onion and garlic. I usually added those when I cook beans on the stove top as well.
I first developed the old recipe when we went plant-based. We wanted the same delicious flavors we had always loved without the meat and lard! It’s kinda gross to think about.
Thankfully, this version uses spices we always have on hand because I put them in everything!
If you have a food processor, it will save you a lot of time. I have a 10 cup Hamilton Beach food processor that we’ve used over 5 years. It’s not too expensive and has never let me down.
If you don’t have a food processor you could use a blender, immersion blender, potato masher or a fork. A food processor works the best though.
Instant Pot Refried Beans
- ½ onion, diced
- 5 cloves garlic, minced or chopped finely
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 2 cups dried pinto beans
- 4 cups water
- 2 teaspoons salt (to your taste)
- Add diced onion, minced garlic, spices, beans and water to the Instant Pot.
- Cook on manual for 40 minutes on high pressure.
- After natural pressure release, scoop out excess water. Reserve it in case you need extra.
- Add 2 teaspoons of salt, more or less to your own taste
- Use a food processor, potato masher or immersion blender to puree.
- Add reserved bean water if needed until you get a smooth texture.
If you have an Instant Pot, be sure to give these refried beans a try! They are perfect for batch cooking because you can use them in so many other recipes!
What are your favorite ways to eat refried beans?