Instant Pot No-Fry Refried Beans

These beans are SO Good and So Easy! You never have to open another can of Mexican style beans ever again. No lard! No frying! No Soaking! Just a bag of dried pinto beans and a few ingredients you probably all ready have on hand.


1 bag of pinto beans
5 cups water
3 cloves garlic
1 bay leaf
1 jalapeño (finely chopped)
2 ½ Tablespoons chicken base
½ of a yellow onion
¼ teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil


Rinse beans with cold water and pick through the beans to remove any pebbles. Also pick out any shriveled or discolored beans.

Add the beans, 5 cups water, garlic, bay leaf, jalapeño, chicken base and onion to the Instant Pot.

Select Pressure Cook and make sure the light is on for high pressure. Set the Cook Time for 40 minutes.

When the Cook Time ends, use natural release to depressurize the Instant Pot.

Remove the lid, and take out the bay leaf and onion. Add the oil cumin and oregano. Let the beans simmer on the Sauté mode for 3 minutes. Then begin to smash the beans using a potato masher or immersion blender until you reach your desired consistency. 


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