top down view of refried beans in a white serving bowl with chopped cilantro sprinkled overtop.

5 from 3 reviews

The BEST Instant Pot Refried Beans are easy, healthy and absolutely delicious. Use these homemade vegan frijoles for any of your favorite Mexican inspired dishes!


  • 1 lb. dried pinto beans (2 cups), rinsed and odd beans removed
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, mined
  • 1 jalapeno or hatch chili pepper, seeds removed and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder or chipotle powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon mineral salt
  • 8 cups vegetable broth or water (or combo)*
  • 12 limes, juice of


Start by washing the beans. Rinse the beans under cool running water using a colander. Pick out and remove any odd shaped beans.

Add ingredients to the instant pot. Place the beans in the bowl of the instant pot, add the onions, garlic, cumin, chili powder, chili peppers (if using), bay leaves, salt, pepper and finish with the liquids.

Pressure cook the beans. Manually set the Instant Pot to HIGH pressure for 45 minutes, close the vent. Once done, let the pressure cooker steam vent naturally for 25 minutes.

Drain the beans. Let the beans cool a few minutes and drain the liquids, reserving up to 2 cups.

Mash or Puree the beans. Using a potato masher or immersion blender, mash or puree the beans to desired consistency. Add as much of the reserved liquids you need to thin. Ultimately, you may like the beans un-mashed, more ranchero or charro style.

Taste for flavor. Taste the beans, adding as much lime juice, salt and pepper as you like.

Serves 8

Store: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for 4 – 5 days in a covered container. To keep longer, freeze the beans in freezer safe containers for 2 – 3 months. Let thaw in the fridge overnight. Re-heat on the stove over medium low, stirring frequently.


*For the liquids, I used 8 cups of water with 1 heaping teaspoon of Better Than Bouillon Vegetable Base with great results.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT: I use this Instant Pot and glass lid. For pureeing, I love my immersion blender. It’s easy to clean, small and fits well in a utensil drawer (affiliate links). For more of my favorite cooking tools, shop my kitchen essentials.

Nutrition Information is calculated using 1/2 teaspoon salt and 2 cups organic vegetable broth (not low-sodium).

Nutritional values are estimates only. See our full nutrition disclosure here.

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