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instant pot mexican refried beans

Instant Pot Mexican Refried Beans

The easiest most delicious authentic style Mexican refried beans made in an instant pot.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
pressure release time 15 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 people


  • 2 cups Dry Pinto Beans (1 lb.)
  • 7 cups Water
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 cup Cotija Cheese queso fresca


  • Start by rinsing dry beans in a colander.
  • Pour water into the instant pot. Sprinkle in onions, garlic, oregano, cumin and 1 tsp salt.
  • Pour rinsed pinto beans into the instant pot and close lid. Make sure you have the pressure valve in the sealed position.
  • Set the instant pot to the beans function (or manual/high pressure) for 35 minutes. When done, let the instant pot naturally release pressure (this will take about 15 minutes).
  • When done, allow the beans to cool slightly. Then, transfer beans to a blender with lime juice, remaining salt, and a quarter cup of the remaining bean juice. Reserve leftover liquids from your instant pot to add as you blend if beans are too thick.
  • When done, beans will be mostly smooth. Serve beans with a sprinkle of crumbled cotija cheese! Enjoy!
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