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Instant Pot Refried Beans

Arlene Mobley - Flour On My Face
Quick and easy refried bean made in the Instant Pot.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 8 hrs
Cook Time 36 mins
Total Time 8 hrs 36 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 174 kcal

Ingredients  

  • 3 cups dried pinto beans rinsed and soaked in 8 cups of water for 8 hours or overnight
  • 1 medium onion finely minced
  • 3 whole garlic cloves finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 large bay leaves
  • 8 cups water
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Instructions 

  • Rinse the bean in a colander under cold water.
  • Place the rinsed beans in a large bowl or pot and cover with water. Soak for 8 hours.
  • Rinse the soaked beans under cold water.
  • Pour the beans into the pot.
  • Add the onion, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, oregano, chili powder and bay leaves to the pot.
  • Pour the 8 cups of water into the pot.
  • Stir with a wooden spoon to mix the herbs into the beans.
  • Cover and lock the lid into place. Turn the valve to the sealing position.
  • Place a fine sieve over a large bowl or pot and carefully pour the pressure cooked pinto beans over the sieve and drain the cooking water off of the pinto beans. 
  • Press the manual button and set the time for 36 minutes.
  • Pressure cook for 36 minutes. Once done quick release the steam and remove the lid.
  • Strain the beans and reserve one cup of the cooking liquid to thin the beans if needed.
  • Return the drained pinto beans back into the pot you cooked them in.
  • To turn the cooked pinto beans into refried beans use a stiff metal potato masher to puree the pinto beans. If you like chunky refried beans no added liquid will be needed. 
  • Use a stick blender to puree the beans if you like really smooth and creamy refried beans. Mash or blend the pinto beans until you achieve the thickness and texture you like in refried beans.
  • If making extra creamy refried beans using a stick blender slowly add a drizzle of the cooking water into the beans as you blend them with the stick blender. 
  • Makes twelve ¼ cup servings.

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Notes

  • Dried beans: Soaking the beans for 8 hours will help them cook faster.
  • Chunky: Use a potato masher to mash the pinto beans.
  • Extra creamy: If making extra creamy refried beans using a stick blender slowly add a drizzle of the cooking water into the beans as you blend them with the stick blender. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1.25 cup | Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 211mg | Potassium: 696mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 3mg
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