I LOVE Mexican food! I am a huge fan of it all: tortillas, salsa, chips, cheese dip, guacamole, and this tasty cilantro lime rice. But the one ingredient I’m most fond of is refried beans. And, making them in one of my favorite kitchen gadgets, the Instant Pot, couldn’t be more easy! This recipe for Instant Pot Refried Beans gives you a perfect batch of smooth, creamy beans, seasoned with just a hint of cumin and cayenne pepper, every time. Not only will you love the taste, you will love how truly simple it is to make!
What are Refried Beans?
Made from cooked, mashed beans, refried beans are a staple of both Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisines. They can be made with a variety of beans (kidney, black and pinto are all popular). In the United States, refried beans are most commonly made from pinto beans.
Although the name “refried” suggests that the beans are “double cooked, or “fried again,” this is not the case. The name comes from the American translation of the Spanish term frijoles refritos, which actually means well-fried beans.
2 Reasons Why You’ll Love These Instant Pot Refried Beans
#1: They are extremely healthy! Each serving of these beans is less than 75 calories, and is packed with 7.1 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and less than 1 gram of fat!
#2: Everyone can eat them! Instant Pot Refried Beans are gluten-free, and can be made to be both vegetarian and vegan-friendly by omitting the ham hock from the recipe.
Main Dishes to Serve with Instant Pot Refried Beans
Refried Beans are just about the most versatile side dish you will find. Their flavor complements many different entrées, so you won’t have any trouble finding the perfect main dish to go with these Instant Pot Refried Beans.
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How to Make Instant Pot Refried Beans, Step By Step
Step #1: Add all ingredients to inner pot.
Step #2: Turn pressure valve to sealed.
Step #3: Set on manual pressure for 45 minutes.
Step #4: After a 20-minute natural release, do a quick release to let out remaining pressure.
Step #5: Reserve 1 cup liquid, drain the beans and then discard the ham hock.
Step #6: Blend beans in a blender or food processor and add in reserved liquid as needed to reach desired consistency.
- 16 ounces dry pinto beans, rinsed and sorted
- 1 ham hock
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 5 cups water
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Add all ingredients to inner pot.
- Turn pressure valve to sealed.
- Set on manual pressure for 45 minutes.
- After a 20-minute natural release, do a quick release to let out remaining pressure.
- Reserve 1 cup liquid, drain the beans and then discard the ham hock.
- Blend beans in a blender or food processor and add in reserved liquid as needed to reach desired consistency.