How to make pinto beans in a pressure cooker, these are the best refried beans you will ever make.

Pressure Cooker Pinto Beans - Refried Beans

Make the best refried beans ever in your Instant Pot

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Instant Pot Recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 120 kcal
Author Stephanie Manley


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil lard or bacon drippings also work
  • 1 cup yellow onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro stems, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 pound pinto beans dry
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • salt to taste


  1. Saute onions and cilantro stems in 2 tablespoons of oil until the onions are translucent. Add cumin and chipotle powder. Stir in spices. Add sorted beans and water. Pressure cook for 40 minutes. Allow pressure cooker to release naturally, about 20 minutes. 

  2. Taste beans and season with salt (I like about 1 1/2 teaspoons). If you desire refried style simply mash beans with either a potato masher or a stick blender until the beans are smooth.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Pinto Beans - Refried Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 120 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 11mg 0%
Potassium 286mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 1g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 2.1%
Vitamin C 2.7%
Calcium 3.7%
Iron 7.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.