Instant Pot Loaded Refried Beans

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Make Creamy Rich Mexican Instant Pot Loaded Refried Beans with this Super Easy No-Soak, No Canned Beans Method. Delicious fiesta homemade refried beans dip that your guests will keep coming back for more!

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Kick your good old Mexican Refried Beans Recipe up a notch with this gloriously Loaded Instant Pot Refried Beans! 😀

This Instant Pot Loaded Refried Beans (Spanish: frijoles refritos) is a creamy smooth, hearty rich mashed pinto beans spread, loaded with spicy-savory-umami-smoky satisfying mouthfeel.

No Canned Beans . No Soaking . No Standing by the Stove

How to Serve Instant Pot Refried Beans:

  • Hearty side dish for your next Mexican meal
  • Deliciously creamy rich dip for your next party
  • Gratifying topping for your nachos
  • Spread them in burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, tacos, tostadas…and more!

Time to learn how to make refried beans in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker!

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Instant Pot Loaded Refried Beans

Make Creamy Mexican Instant Pot Loaded Refried Beans with this Super Easy No-Soak, No Canned Beans Method! Delicious fiesta homemade refried beans dip that your guests will love!
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Total: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 368kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

  • 6 strips (264g) thick cut smoked bacon , cut into bacon bits
  • 1 pound (454g) pinto beans
  • 1 (300g) large onion , roughly diced
  • 4 (13.5g) garlic cloves , minced
  • 4 cups (1L) unsalted chicken stock
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon (1.3g - 2.7g) chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon (2.7g) ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon (1.1g) dried oregano
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 stalks green onions , thinly sliced
  • 36 grams medium cheddar cheese , grated

Instructions

  • Crisp Chopped Bacon: Add bacon in Instant Pot, then heat up Instant Pot using Sauté More function (no need to add oil as bacon has a lot of fat). Stir occasionally and allow the bacon to crisp (~7 - 9 mins). Remove bacon from Instant Pot, then place them on a paper towel to absorb the excess fat. 

    *Pro Tips for Crisp Bacon:
    a) In order to cook the meat and fat evenly, crispy and not burnt - place the bacon in the cold pot before turning on the heat. Then, let the heat slowly render out the pork fat.
    b) Important to absorb the bacon’s excess fat with a paper towel after sauteing.
  • Saute Onion, Spices, and Garlic: Add roughly diced onion in the bacon fat, then cook until softened (~3 mins). Then add ½ - 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp dried oregano, and minced garlic to Instant Pot. Cook for another minute until fragrant. 
    *Spicy Tip: ½ tsp chili powder: a hint of spiciness; 1 tsp chili powder: mildly spicy.
  • Deglaze Instant Pot: Pour roughly ½ cup unsalted chicken stock in Instant Pot, then deglaze by scrubbing the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Give it a quick mix.
  • Pressure Cook Refried Beans in Instant Pot: Add the well-drained pinto beans in Instant Pot, then pour in the remaining 3 ½ cups unsalted chicken stock. Close the lid. Turn the Venting Knob to Sealing Position.
    Pressure Cooking Methods:
    a) For Tender with Bite Result: High Pressure 40 mins + 25 mins Natural Release
    b) For Smooth Tender Result: High Pressure 50 mins + 25 mins Natural Release
    After 25 minutes of Natural Releasing, carefully turn the Venting Knob to Venting Position to release remaining pressure. As the Instant Pot is natural releasing, grate the cheddar cheese and thinly slice the green onions.
  • Drain Beans Liquid: Once the Floating Valve drops, carefully remove the lid. Strain the beans liquid with a strainer. Place the beans back in Instant Pot. Reserve the beans liquid in a mixing bowl.
  • Mash Beans: Mash the beans with a potato masher or immersion blender until desired consistency. 

    *Pro Tip: potato masher yields a coarser, chunky paste while the immersion blender creates a thick & creamy smooth paste (see comparison photo). 
    Taste and season with salt (for reference: we used 4 pinches of salt). Add drained beans liquid back to the mashed beans until desired consistency. 
    *Pro Tip: Adjust the thickness of the bean paste according to your preferences.
  • Load Instant Pot Refried Beans: Load up your gorgeous Instant Pot Refried Beans with umami bacon bits, thinly sliced green onions, and grated cheddar cheese. Serve & enjoy~
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Recipe Notes:

Use Fresh Dry Beans: Although beans have a relatively long shelf life, older beans may take a much longer cooking time to be softened. So best to use fresh dry beans if possible!
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Nutrition:

Calories: 368kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 382mg | Potassium: 656mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3.3% | Vitamin C: 7% | Calcium: 11.3% | Iron: 14.9%
Course: Dinner, Ingredient, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: instant pot beans, instant pot mexican, instant pot pinto beans, instant pot recipes, instant pot refried beans, instant pot side dishes, pressure cooker beans, pressure cooker mexican recipes, pressure cooker pinto beans, pressure cooker refried beans
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How to Make Instant Pot Loaded Refried Beans Step-by-Step Guide

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Prepare Ingredients for Instant Pot Loaded Refried Beans.

Instant Pot Loaded Refried Beans Recipe Ingredients

Pick, rinse and drain the pinto beans.

*Pro Tip 1: You don’t have to pre-soak the pinto beans for this recipe. Although beans have a relatively long shelf life, older beans may take a much longer cooking time to be softened. So, it’s best to use fresh dry beans if possible!

*Pro Tip 2: We like to freshly ground our cumin seeds with a mortar + pestle, as the flavor is more intense and fresh. However, you can use store-bought ground cumin seeds.

how to ground cumin seeds with mortar and pestle #recipe #easy

1

Crisp Chopped Bacon


Crisp chopped bacon by adding the bacon in Instant Pot, then heat up Instant Pot using Sauté More function.

*Pro Tip: You don’t need to add oil as the bacon already has a lot of fat.

Instant Pot Loaded Refried Beans: crisp bacon in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Stir occasionally and allow the bacon to crisp. It will take roughly 7 – 9 minutes.

Remove bacon from Instant Pot, then place them on a paper towel to absorb the excess fat.

*Pro Tips for Crisp Bacon:

  • In order to cook the meat and fat evenly, crispy and not burnt, place the bacon in the cold pot before turning on the heat. Then, let the heat slowly render out the pork fat.
  • It’s also important to absorb the bacon’s excess fat with a paper towel after sauteing – this helps crisp up the umami bacon bits! 😀

2

Saute Onion, Spices, and Garlic


Instant Pot Refried Beans (Pressure Cooker) Recipe: cook pinto beans with bacon fat vs. olive oil #instantpot

Add roughly diced onion into the bacon fat and cook until softened (~3 minutes). The bacon fat will give the overall dish a much-needed smokiness flavor 😀 Yum!

Instant Pot Refried Beans (Pressure Cooker) Recipe: saute onion in Instant Pot #instantpot

Then add ½ – 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp dried oregano, and minced garlic to the Instant Pot. Cook for another minute until fragrant.

Instant Pot Refried Beans Recipe: saute onion, spices, garlic in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker #instantpot

*Spicy Tip:  ½ tsp chili powder will give it a hint of spiciness, and 1 tsp chili powder will make the dish mildly spicy.

3

Deglaze Instant Pot


Instant Pot Refried Beans Recipe: deglaze Instant Pot with wooden spoon #instantpot

Pour roughly ½ cup unsalted chicken stock in Instant Pot and deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.

Give it a quick mix.

4

Pressure Cook Refried Beans in Instant Pot


Instant Pot Refried Beans Recipe: add unsalted chicken stock and pinto beans in Instant Pot #instantpot

Add the well-drained pinto beans in Instant Pot, then pour in the remaining 3 ½ cups unsalted chicken stock.

Close the lid. Turn the Venting Knob to Sealing Position.

Pressure Cooking Methods:

  • For Tender with a Bite Result: High Pressure 40 mins + 25 mins Natural Release
  • For Silky Smooth + Tender Result: High Pressure 50 mins + 25 mins Natural Release

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker High Pressure 40 minutes

After 25 minutes of Natural Releasing, carefully turn the Venting Knob to Venting Position to release the remaining pressure.

*Pro Tip: As the Instant Pot is natural releasing, it’s a good time to grate the cheddar cheese and thinly slice the green onions.

5

Drain Beans Liquid


Once the Floating Valve drops, carefully take off the lid.

Strain the beans liquid with a strainer. Place the beans back in the Instant Pot.

Then, reserve the beans liquid in a mixing bowl.

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6

Mash Beans


Create Instant Pot Refried Beans by mashing the beans with a potato masher or immersion blender until desired consistency.

*Pro Tip: From our experiments, potato masher yields a coarser, chunky paste while the immersion blender creates a thick & creamy smooth paste (see below photo for comparison).

Instant Pot Refried Beans Recipe: mash pressure cooked pinto beans with potato masher or blend with immersion blender

Taste and season with salt (for reference: we used 4 pinches of salt).

Add drained beans liquid back to the mashed beans until desired consistency.

*Pro Tip: Adjust the thickness of the bean paste according to your preference and what you’re serving it with (i.e. rice vs. inside a burrito).

7

Load Instant Pot Refried Beans


Here comes the good part. Load up your gorgeous refried beans with umami bacon bits! ohhh yaass~~

Instant Pot Refried Beans | Pressure Cooker Refried Beans: load refried beans with crisp umami bacon bits

Add refreshing thinly sliced green onions on top of the Instant Pot Refried Beans.

Instant Pot Refried Beans | Pressure Cooker Refried Beans: load refried pinto beans with refreshing sliced green onions

And finally, add in the grated cheddar cheese. oh my~

Instant Pot Refried Beans | Pressure Cooker Refried Beans: load homemade refried beans with grated cheddar cheese

The end result looks deliciously colorful! And I will let you be the judge on the taste factor 😉

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Enjoy your Instant Pot Loaded Refried Beans!~ 🙂

Tips for Instant Pot Loaded Refried Beans

1. No Need to Pre-Soak Pinto Beans

2. Use Fresh Dry Beans

Although beans have a relatively long shelf life, older beans may take a much longer cooking time to be softened. So, it’s best to use fresh dry beans if possible!

3. No Need to Use Oil

You don’t need to add oil when crisping the bacon in Instant Pot because the bacon already has a lot of fat.

4. Crisp Bacon Tips

  • In order to cook the meat and fat evenly, crispy and not burnt, place the bacon in the cold pot before turning on the heat. Then, let the heat slowly render out the pork fat.
  • It’s also important to absorb the bacon’s excess fat with a paper towel after sauteing.

4. Potato Mashed vs. Immersion Blender

From our experiments, potato masher yields a coarser, chunky paste while the immersion blender creates a thick & creamy smooth paste.


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    1. Hi Alice,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      You can reduce the cooking time by half. Chicken stock will remain the same.

      Please take care!
      Jacky

  1. Thank You for this fantastic Metric and Non-Metric measurements.
    Is so easy to copy your recipe and delete the ‘metric’ measurements.
    We love Refritos (Refried Beans) but most commercial ones have either too much salt and/or lard.

    We’ll try your recipe… soon !!!

  2. It says to add the well drained beans to the pot but at no point does it tell you to get the wet in the first place. I find that confusing.

    1. Hi Stephanie,

      thank you for your comment and question 🙂

      On the detailed step by step guide, it says to rinse the beans first.

      “Pick, rinse and drain the pinto beans.”

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

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