Love refried beans and want to make them at home? Use this Instant Pot Refried Beans recipe to make delicious refried beans healthy. Easy to Make and inexpensive too, cooking pinto beans has never been so easy.
Easy Instant Pot Refried Beans
When it comes to refried beans, they are extremely easy to make and so much cheaper. A can of refried beans cost anywhere from $1 to $1.50 but you can get a bag of beans for about the same price. Making your own refried beans will save you money because a bag of beans will give you double to triple the amount of beans in one can. Since they are easy to make and you can control the ingredients, it makes more sense to make your own.
How to Store Refried Beans
Since this recipe makes more refried beans than comes in the cans, you might wonder what to do with the beans and how to store them. Store the beans in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If you have more beans than you can eat before the beans go bad, about 3 days, transfer some of the beans to a freezer bag and store them in the freezer. Be sure to write the date on the freezer bag of beans. Another option is the can the beans that you made. Since you have made the beans in the Instant Pot, you can also use the Instant Pot to can the beans and store them for another time. The beans will last about 3 months in the freezer. As long as you have canned the beans correctly and the seal is good, the refried beans that you have canned will stay good indefinitely, however, should be eaten within a year for the best flavor and nutritional value.
Easiest Way For Cooking Pinto Beans
There are a lot of ways to cook pinto beans, but by far the easiest is the Instant Pot. When cooking pinto beans in the Instant Pot, it takes less time and creates a better flavor. While there are other ways to cook to pinto beans, I will choose to make them in the Instant Pot every time.
Soaking Pinto Beans
Usually, when cooking pinto bean, it requires you to soak the beans. This usually takes about 8 hours so that the beans are soft in order to cook the beans. However, when you are cooking pinto beans in the Instant Pot, you can skip the soaking stage of cooking beans. Thanks to the pressure from the pressure cooker, these beans only need to cook for 45 minutes, with a 20 minute natural release time.
What to Serve with Mexican Refried Beans
I love Mexican refried beans. So much so, I think I could eat them with almost anything. I love to add them to just about any Mexican dish I eat. Here are just a few ideas of things to pair with your Mexican refried beans.
- Chili – If you are making chili and want to thicken it, you can add refried beans into the chili. You will never taste them but it will create a ricker thicker chili.
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Ingredients in Instant Pot Refried Beans
- dry pinto beans
- ground cumin
- olive oil
How to Make Instant Pot Refried Beans
Rinse the pinto beans in cool water, sifting through the beans with your fingers to find and remove any small rocks that may be mixed in with the beans.
Pour the pinto beans into your Instant pot. Add the water, chopped onion, minced garlic, salt, cumin, and olive oil; mix well.
Cover the Instant Pot with the lid then lock the lid in place and set the steam valve to “sealing.” Select 45 minutes of cook time.
When the beans have finished cooking, allow the pressure to drop naturally for 20 minutes, then release the steam vent.
Place a colander into a large bowl. Pour the cooked beans into the colander and allow the bowl to catch the cooking liquid.
Transfer the beans to a large bowl. Add ½ cup of the cooking liquid. Use an immersion blender to puree the beans until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- 2 cups dry pinto beans
- 7 cups water
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Rinse the pinto beans in cool water, sifting through the beans with your fingers to find and remove any small rocks that may be mixed in with the beans.
- Pour the pinto beans into your Instant pot. Add the water, chopped onion, minced garlic, salt, cumin, and olive oil; mix well.
- Cover the Instant Pot with the lid then lock the lid in place and set the steam valve to “sealing.” Select 45 minutes of cook time.
- When the beans have finished cooking, allow the pressure to drop naturally for 20 minutes, then release the steam vent.
- Place a colander into a large bowl. Pour the cooked beans into the colander and allow the bowl to catch the cooking liquid.
- Transfer the beans to a large bowl. Add ½ cup of the cooking liquid. Use an immersion blender to puree the beans until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
The refried beans may be stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze in smaller containers for up to 3 months.
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