Refried beans in a blue bowl with pico de gallo on top

Instant Pot Refried Beans

Creamy and flavorful, these refried beans are made with homemade sofrito for the best and most authentic vegetarian refried beans recipe you'll ever have!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Hispanic, Mexican
Keyword: habichuelas, pinto beans, refried beans
Servings: 8
Author: Latina Mom Meals


  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of sofrito
  • 1 tablespoon of dried oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon of ground cumin
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 pound of dried pinto beans rinsed
  • 8 cups of water or chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • lime juice to taste


  • In the Instant Pot set Saute mode to 10 minutes.
  • Allow insert to become warm, about two minutes. Next, add in oil.
  • Once oil is warm, add in sofrito, dried oregano, cumin, and bay leaves.
  • Stir for a minute.
  • Add in pinto beans, stir, and add in water.
  • Press cancel mode to stop the saute mode.
  • Cover with lid, set to sealing.
  • Next, press high pressure timer for 45 minutes.
  • Once timer goes off, let naturally release for 10 minutes before setting to quick release.
  • Stir and taste for salt and pepper. Season to your liking. Remove bay leaves.
  • With a hand blender, gently blend beans to your desired consistency.
  • Mix and add lime juice, if desired.
  • Serve.
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