Instant Pot Refried Beans (6 Ingredients!)

bowl of refried beans

4.3 from 3 reviews

These Instant Pot Refried Beans bring BIG flavor, but are made with only 6 ingredients!
Perfect with Tacos, Burritos, Nachos, or Rice. Vegan & Fat Free.


  • 2 ¼ cups dried Pinto Beans (~14 oz)
  • 2 Fresh Jalapeños
  • ⅔ cup Salsa
  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Chipotle Powder (reduce if sensitive to heat)
  • 1 tsp Salt


  1. First, add the dried Pinto Beans to your Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker. Cover with Water (should be 3-4″ above the beans), Seal the iPot, and cook on Manual High for 40 Minutes. 
  2. In the meantime, slice the Jalapeños into strips, removing the seeds. Place them on a baking tray and broil on High for 8-10 minutes.
  3. Carefully place the Jalapeño slices into a resealable bag, and steam in the bag for 5-7 minutes. Afterward, dice them into tiny pieces. (Note: don’t peel the black part of skin off, it adds flavor!)
  4. Once the Beans have cooked for 40 Minutes, let the iPot self-release pressure for 10 minutes, then release manually. 
  5. Drain the beans until the liquid rests slightly below the beans, but reserve the excess. Blend ⅓ – ½ of the beans with the Salsa in a Blender or Food Processor, and gently mash the rest with a fork. If the mixture is too thick, add in some of the excess “bean water.” Alternatively, you can do this all in one pot if you have an Immersion Blender. (Note: the Beans will thicken over time and as they cool, so it is best to have the mixture be slightly runnier than you would originally like)
  6. Finally, add the diced Jalapeños, Spices, and Salt. Mix Well and serve as desired.I prefer these beans 1-2 days after I make them, as the flavors have more time to combine!


  • I use this 6 qt. Instant Pot, and love it!
  • Make sure you add enough Water to your Pressure Cooker before cooking the beans – it should be a good 3-4″ above the level of the dried Beans.
  • If you have pre-soaked your Pinto Beans, cook them on Manual High for 15 Minutes, instead of 40.