Here’s a healthy pressure cooker refried beans recipe that uses no lard and there is no pre soaking required! Perfect addition to burritos or 7 layer dip!
I will tell you I had NEVER used dry beans to cook from scratch before I got my multi cooker Instant Pot. Now it’s so easy and doesn’t require pre soaking so it’s simple to make things like these pressure cooker refried beans when we’re making burritos for dinner. This and 101+ more Instant Pot recipes are here for you to enjoy on The Typical Mom blog.
- I began using dry beans when I made this no soak Instant Pot baked beans recipe and couldn’t believe how easy it was to make them entirely from scratch!
I wasn’t someone who learned how to cook with dry beans growing up, my mom never used them….not once. Now I use them regularly to make homemade Instant Pot soup recipes mostly, and now here to show you how easy these healthy Instant Pot refried beans are to make.
This is what you need to make homemade pressure cooker refried beans
- Pinto beans – I based the timing off of this Instant Pot cook times for beans printable, I used 16 oz so I doubled time to 60 min.
- Diced chiles
- Vegetable broth
- Apple cider vinegar
- Tobasco for some heat
- Seasoned salt – I use this for everything
- Can thin out beans in blending process with drained liquid from cooking or I have used red sauce as well to add more flavor
You’ll need a blender as well like you see here or an emersion blender can be used right inside your pot
How to make refried beans in a pressure cooker
- First you want to rinse off your dry beans using a colander to remove any dirt or debris
- Then you’ll add them into your pressure cooker
- Dice up any and all types of onions, peppers, jalapenos if you love those and want heat and add those into your pot
- Add your liquid and spices
- Stir so all ingredients are combined well
- Close your lid and steam valve
- If using an entire bag of dry pinto beans as we did set to high pressure for 60 min – you want them really soft so this particular recipe takes a bit longer than if you were making something like our pressure cooker ham and beans where you want them to still stay a bit firm
- Allow pot to naturally release for approx. 15 min (can naturally release completely and it will just be fine too) and then release the rest of the steam
- Drain contents
- Add cooked bean mixture into a bowl, or back into your pressure cooker pot if using an emersion blender
- Add a bit of liquid and blend
- Continue to add a bit more liquid at a time until it reaches the consistency you’re looking for (note it will remain somewhat chunky because of the onions etc but some like their pressure cooker refried beans much smoother than others so this part is personal preference as far as the amount of liquid you add and blending time)
Hope this helps you understand how to make homemade refried beans so you can enjoy them at home too!
What to serve with your pressure cooker refried beans
- We have used these to make our fun 7 layer dip pizza recipe for get togethers!
- Instant Pot salsa chicken is a great recipe to make with this for dinner.
- Instant Pot Mexican pizza is to die for and just right for a pair like this.
- Our pressure cooker beer can chicken goes with just about any side dish like this.
- Pork carnitas are always in need of some refried beans.
Here is the printable recipe to follow….of course feel free to add more spices if you have a family recipe for homemade refried beans but want to make it in your pressure cooker this time.
Directions work for Instant Pot, Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi refried beans.
Pressure Cooker Refried Beans
- 16 oz pinto beans dry
- 1.5 c onion diced
- 7 c vegetable broth
- 6 oz chiles diced
- 1.5 tsp seasoned salt
- 1 tsp cumin
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp Tobasco optional, can dice jalapenos and use those for heat too
- Put all ingredients above inside your pressure cooker, stir together.
- Close your lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 60 minutes.
- Allow to naturally release for 15 minutes, then release rest of pressure.
- Lift lid and stir.
- Turn pot off and use a collander to drain liquid away but do it over a bowl so you can use some of this liquid if desired later.
- Use a blender, either emersion or a regular blender to blend your drained bean mixture. If using an emersion blender put beans back into your pressure cooker and blend. Add a little bit of liquid you drained off (or use taco sauce or broth for added liquid) to thin out the beans until they're the consistency you want.
- If using a traditional blender, like we did, put all beans in with a few tbsp. of liquid I removed and pulsed, then use a spoon to make sure top beans move to bottom to get blended smooth as well.
- Add a bit more liquid to thin out if desired. Blend until your refried beans are the consistency you want.
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