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Creamy and flavorful, this Instant Pot refried black beans recipe is easily made in no time! A Mexican side dish your family will love.
Making beans from scratch can seem like a daunting task. Who has time to cook beans all day? In comes the Instant Pot to the rescue. Using an Instant Pot to make beans is enough of a reason to jump on the Instant Pot bandwagon if you haven’t already.
Not sold? Check out our Instant Pot baked beans recipe, Instant Pot Italian Meatballs, and our Barbacoa Taco Instant Pot recipe!
Refried beans from a can is what is convenient and what most home cooks use when making tacos or burritos. Who wouldn’t love to just open a can and voila, here goes refried beans!
However, refried beans from a can tastes…bland.
If you didn’t know, the traditional refried beans you’re used to buying in stores and the Mexican refried beans you’re accustomed to is made with pinto beans. Pinto beans refried beans are brown in color.
Today, we’re showing how to make refried black beans in the Instant Pot.
Refried black beans is a side dish recipe that is typically served alongside Spanish rice and topped with cheese, or stuffed into a burrito with rice, shredded meat, and other toppings when you eat out at a Mexican restaurant.
Traditionally, to make refried beans, you’ll cook your beans, and then fry your beans in a little bit of oil and a homemade sofrito recipe or just onions and jalapeno, or some kind of peppers.
Then you smash down the beans with some of the reserved cooking liquid from the beans.
To save on time on these instant pot refried black beans, we’re skipping the actual frying of the beans, and making the sofrito, which is a base of sauteed onions, peppers, and garlic and adding it into the bean mixture once cooked, while the Instant Pot is depressurizing.
Visit Latina Mom Meals for a breakdown on how to make a batch of authentic homemade sofrito to add to your rice or meat dishes.
If you’re using store bought refried black beans, heat the black beans on the stove and add cumin, salt, pepper, oregano, and minced garlic.
2. Add water, black beans, a chunk of onion, cloves of garlic, and a few sprigs (or a baby handful) of cilantro to the Instant Pot.
Be generous with the water. Beans expand and it’s better to have more water than not enough. Remember, you can drain the liquid before smashing the black beans to make refried beans.
At this point, we’re not worried about seasoning the beans. The onions, garlic, and cilantro will provide an amazing layer of flavor that will soak into the beans as it pressure cooks.
**Pro Tip: Do NOT add salt to uncooked beans. Salt will harden uncooked beans and your beans will not cook properly.**
3. Cook on high pressure for 40 minutes.
4. Make the homemade sofrito. This sofrito is based on Cuban flavors that is used in Cuban black bean recipes.
Make the sofrito when the timer goes off and set to the side.
5. Stir the beans once you’ve removed the lid and gauge the water level. If it seems like there is excess liquid, remove and reserve the excess liquid, leaving just about a cup of liquid with the beans.
6. Remove the large chunk of onion and the whole garlic (if you’re an infusion blender, feel free to leave in the garlic and cilantro).
7. Add in the sofrito and cook an additional 20 minutes.
8. Remove the lid and stir. Drain the excess liquid -again, and reserve.
9. Using an immersion blender or potato masher, smash the beans adding a small amount of reserved liquid if you desire a thinner consistency.
10. Taste for seasonings. We added spices when we made the sofrito, but it’s always good to taste before you serve and adjust with a small amount of salt and pepper, if needed.
Instant pot refried black beans is great as a side dish for your steak tacos on Taco Tuesdays or to add into a taco dip or seven layer bean dip.
This recipe is delicious. I use the instant pot way, and skipped pre soaking the beans with no issues. I also used half veggie broth half water. This is my go to recipe for black bean burrito nights. Thank you for the recipe