Instant Pot Refried Beans – Oil Free

Instant Pot Refried Beans made from scratch are the BEST! This easy, vegan refried beans recipe uses a NO SOAK method of pressure cooking the beans keeping every bit of flavor and are great will all your favorite Vegan Mexican Recipes!

Recipe Credit: The Simple Veganista

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  • 1.Start by washing the beans. Rinse the beans under cool running water using a colander. Pick out and remove any odd shaped beans.
  • 2.Add ingredients to the instant pot. Place the beans in the bowl of the instant pot, add the onions, garlic, cumin, chili powder, chili peppers (if using), bay leaves, salt, pepper and finish with the liquids.
  • 3.Pressure cook the beans. Manually set the Instant Pot to HIGH pressure for 45 minutes, close the vent. Once done, let the pressure cooker steam vent naturally for 25 minutes.
  • 4.Drain the beans. Let the beans cool a few minutes and drain the liquids, reserving up to 2 cups.
  • 5.Mash or Puree the beans. Using a potato masher or immersion blender, mash or puree the beans to desired consistency. Add as much of the reserved liquids you need to thin. Ultimately, you may like the beans un-mashed, more ranchero or charro style.
  • 6.Taste for flavor. Taste the beans, adding as much lime juice, salt and pepper as you like.
  • 7.Serves 8
  • 8.Store: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for 4 – 5 days in a covered container. To keep longer, freeze the beans in freezer safe containers for 2 – 3 months. Let thaw in the fridge overnight. Re-heat on the stove over medium low, stirring frequently.

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  • 1 lb. dried pinto beans (2 cups), rinsed and odd beans removed
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, mined
  • 1 jalapeno or hatch chili pepper, seeds removed and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder or chipotle powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon mineral salt
  • 8 cups vegetable broth or water (or combo)*
  • 1 – 2 limes, juice of