Flavorful Refried Beans (THM: E, gluten-free, dairy-free, low-fat)



  1. ***If you are using canned beans, or cooking your beans another way, skip steps 1-5*** Pour your pinto beans into a colander. Take a quick look and ensure that there are no small stones or clumps of dirt in them. Rinse, drain and put into an empty Instant Pot. 
  2. Fill the Instant Pot with water 2 inches above the beans. Put the lid on and turn it until it's locked and ensure the pressure release valve is pushed to the back. (Refer to the manual if you're not sure what I'm talking about)
  3. Push the Bean/Chili button. 25 minutes should show up on the display face of the Instant Pot. Just let the pot start on its own. It will take a few minutes for the pot to reach the correct pressure, and once it is the correct pressure, the time will start. Once the beans are done cooking let the pressure release on its own. When it has completely depressurized, the metal pin next to the pressure release valve will be down. You can take the lid off at this time. 
  4. Place your colander over a bowl that is deep enough to catch all the liquid from the beans. Pour the beans into the colander and let them sit for about 5 minutes. Reserve the liquid. Put the metal insert of the Instant Pot back inside of the machine (or you could use a pot on the stove) and add the olive oil.
  5. Push the Saute button on the Instant Pot, or use medium heat on a stove top, and add the onion. Stir for 6-7 minutes, or until translucent, and then add the garlic. Stir for 1 more minute.
  6. Add 4 cups of beans, all of the spices and 1 cup of the reserved bean broth. Mash with a potato masher to your desired consistency. Continue to add bean broth if the beans are getting too dry.
  7. Cook for 8-10 minutes, taste and add more salt if needed.  Serve in 1/2 cup portions inside of a tortilla shell or along side of some rice and lettuce to make a full meal.

Recipe by Darcie's Dish at