Instant Pot® Charro (Refried Beans)


This recipe is written to be prepared in an Instant Pot® pressure cooker. With some small alterations, I am sure you can cook it on the stovetop as well. These beans are great served as is or blended to be the texture of refried beans.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
8 servings


  • 4 cups water

  • 2 cups dry pinto beans, rinsed

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • ½ cup salsa (Optional)

  • ½ cup roughly chopped cilantro, or to taste

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons tomato-flavored bouillon

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable bouillon

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground paprika

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Combine water, pinto beans, onion, salsa, cilantro, jalapeno pepper, garlic, tomato bouillon, vegetable bouillon, chili powder, paprika, cumin, and black pepper in an electric pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®). Close and lock the lid. Select Bean/Chili function; set timer for 45 minutes. Cooker will reach high pressure in 10 to 15 minutes.

  2. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, 10 to 40 minutes. Unlock and remove lid.

Cook's Note:

Substitute chicken bouillon for the tomato bouillon if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

184 Calories
1g Fat
34g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 184
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 114mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 8g 30%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 6mg 31%
Calcium 74mg 6%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 781mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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