Instant Pot® Refried Beans


  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • 1 pound dried pinto beans
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select Saute function. Add oil, onion, garlic, and oregano; cook for 5 minutes. Add beans and water; stir. Close and lock the lid. Choose high pressure and set timer for 35 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.


  • Step 2

    Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer’s instructions, 10 to 40 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Remove the lid and check a bean; if not yet tender, close and lock the lid and cook another 5 minutes at high pressure.

  • Step 4

    Drain beans, reserving 2 cups of liquid. Return beans to pot and add salt and 1 cup reserved liquid. Puree using a stick blender, adding additional cooking liquid as needed. Keep warm using the slow cooker function.

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