Easy Instant Pot Healthier Refried Beans

  • Author: Stephanie Pass
  • Prep Time: 2 min
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 16 minutes


I love making a healthier version of refried beans in my instant pot using a small amount of butter and bacon grease.



  • 2 cups uncooked pinto beans, washed
  • 1 teaspoon bacon grease
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • water


Prepare Beans

  1. Wash the pinto beans.
  2. Add them to the instant pot.
  3. Add 8 cups of water and salt.
  4. Set it to “Manual” for 4 minutes.
  5. When it turns to “Keep Warm” use the Natural Release.
  6. Wait until they’ve set for 10 minutes on “Keep Warm” and then remove and drain the beans.

Cook Beans

  1. Add the prepared beans to the instant pot.
  2. Add 2 cups of water.
  3. Add a teaspoon of bacon grease.  (If you don’t have bacon grease, add 1-2 slices of raw bacon to the pot.)
  4. Set the instant pot to “Manual” for 10 minutes.
  5. When it clicks to “Keep Warm” turn to natural release.
  6. When the steam is finished and the float valve is down, open the instant pot and transfer the beans to a bowl.
  7. Add the butter.
  8. Using a potato masher and smash the beans until there aren’t any more whole beans.
  9. If you prefer, a stick blender also works well to make a creamier texture to the beans.
  10. Serve immediately.

  • Method: instant pot
  • Cuisine: TexMex

Keywords: pinto beans, refried beans, healthier refried beans, instant pot, instant pot beans, mexican food, mexican beans, tostadas

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