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Instant Pot Bacony Refried Beans

Refried beans without the frying makes this the perfect side dish for any fiesta. With your Instant Pot®, you can start from dried beans but skip the soaking step and skip the hours of cooking but still get velvety, bacony beans.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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4 ounces thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces

1/2 medium onion, chopped

1/2 green bell pepper, chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely grated

1 pound dried pinto beans, rinsed and picked through

Kosher salt


Special equipment:
a 6- or 8- quart Instant Pot® multi-cooker
  1. Set a 6-quart Instant Pot® to saute on high (see Cook's Note) and cook the bacon, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and the fat has rendered, about 7 minutes. Add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, beans, 4 teaspoons salt and 5 cups water and stir to combine. Follow the manufacturer's guide for locking the lid and preparing to cook. Set to pressure cook on high for 45 minutes. After the pressure cook cycle is complete, follow the manufacturer's guide for quick release and wait until the quick release cycle is complete. Be careful of any remaining steam and unlock and remove the lid. Stir to combine.
  2. Using a potato masher or an immersion blender, smash the beans so that all of the beans have been crushed but the mixture is thick and not completely smooth (refried beans should still be pourable at this point, but they will thicken as they sit). Transfer to a large bowl, let sit 10 minutes to thicken and serve.

Cook’s Note

Settings may vary on your Instant Pot® depending on the model. Please refer to manufacturer's guide.

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