These Instant Pot pinto beans are so flavor packed and unbelievable easy to make! There's no need to plan ahead and soak the beans, instead just add all of the ingredients into the cooker and set it. Onions, garlic, jalapeños amp up the flavor of the pinto beans, best served with cilantro and scallions.
I do not know how any one could go back to canned refried beans after trying this recipe. These Instant Pot pinto beans are the perfect side to tacos, burritos and enchiladas but also so great just on their own with a plate of rice.
So really, all you need is 2 simple ingredients: dried pinto beans & water!
- Dried Pinto Beans - Just rinse with water to remove any stones and debris that may be on the beans and they're ready to use.
- Water - You can also use chicken or vegetable broth for additional flavor
- Optional items: These ingredients are optional but I like to add them to enhance the flavor of the beans
- Bay Leaf
- Jalapeno Pepper
- Salt & Pepper
- Garnish : Cilantro, Scallions
The only equipment you need is the Instant Pot for this recipe. You just add the ingredients in and keep warm until you're ready to eat!
How to make Refried Beans in the Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker)
- Rinse. No need to soak the pinto beans, just rinse and they're ready!
- Combine. Add all of the ingredients in the Instant Pot.
- Pressure Cook. Set the Instant Pot to Pressure Cook, cook for 35 minutes. Natural pressure release for at least 15 minutes, before releasing the rest of the pressure and opening the lid.
- Mash. If desired, use a potato masher to mash about half of the beans with the veggies and broth to make extra creamy.
- Garnish. Top with cilantro and scallions before serving warm.
Instant Pot Pinto Beans (no soaking)
- 1 cup dried pinto beans
- 3 cups water
- 1 onion diced
- 1 jalapeno pepper diced
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup cilantro chopped
- Rinse beans. Put beans into Instant Pot. Add water, onion, jalapenos, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Stir. Close and secure Instant Pot lid
- Set "Pressure Cook" on high pressure, for 35 minutes for dry beans. Let pressure release naturally for 15 minutes. Quick release any remaining pressure by turning valve to vent. Remove lid.
- Carefully remove bay leaf. Beans can be drained, or you can mash some of the beans and mix to make the mixture creamy.
- Serve, garnished with chopped cilantro, if desired.