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No Lard Instant Pot Refried Beans

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This No Lard Instant Pot Refried Beans recipe is much healthier and is so good, you will never want to buy refried beans in a can ever again. Check out our No Lard Instant Pot Refried Beans recipe below.

Why Instant Pot Refried Beans?

If you have never used an Instant Pot you are missing out. I'll admit I was a little intimidated by it at first, but I soon got the hang of it. I've written up an easy How to Use Your Instant Pot for Beginners post that should help you ease into using your new cooking tool.

Instant Pot Refried Beans mix (1 of 1)

One of our favorite meals is Mexican. Whether it's street tacos, tostadas, Mexican casserole or enchiladas we go through a lot of refried beans.

One of the things I hated from store bought canned refried beans, were the ingredients.

They were full of lard and I wanted to watch my saturated fats. So I decided to try switching out my lard for coconut oil. My husband wasn't so sure on the idea and was afraid that the coconut oil would give it a weird taste.

Instant Pot Refried Beans smooth (1 of 1)

Much to his surprise he loved it and now he prefers our homemade Instant Pot refried beans over the store bought.

So much so, that he will actually volunteer to make big batches and freeze it in our Foodsaver bags. Once you have soaked your beans and cooked them you are going to want use an Immersion blender to help blend your beans to a smooth and creamy texture.

No Lard Instant Pot Refried Beans

Finally, The process roughly takes about an hour and half to make, but most of that time is spent cooking and cooling, and you can work on other tasks and chores while you wait.

When it's time to start filling your bags, I recommend getting these baggy holders. They help your bags stand up right and pull them apart for hands free cooking.  We hope you enjoy the recipe below and we would love to invite you to join our Recipe group.

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No Lard Instant Pot Refried Beans Recipe:

No Lard Instant Pot Refried Beans

No Lard Instant Pot Refried Beans

Creamy Homemade Refried Beans with No Lard

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 2 lbs dry pinto beans, rinsed
  • 3 tbs Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tsp dry oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp dry cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tsps minced garlic
  • 1 med onion, about 1 1/2 cups
  • 4 cups chicken or beef broth, prefer chicken
  • 4 cups water


  1. In large bowl add beans and enough water to cover! Soak for 15 mins.
  2. Add onion, pepper, jalapeno, oregano, garlic, cumin, coconut oil, water and broth to your Instant Pot.
  3. Strain beans and rinse.
  4. Add beans to your Instant Pot and mix well.
  5. Place lid on Instant Pot and set the valve to "sealing".
  6. Press Bean/Chili button. This should show 30 mins. of cooking time, you need to increase it to 45 mins.
  7. When it's done the pressure will come down naturally, usually takes about 30-40 minutes.
  8. Once the pressure is released, open lid and add salt to taste. I then use an Immersion Blender  to blend. If beans look soupy don't worry they will thicken as they cool.

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    1. So good, thank you! I cut recipe in half and then used 2 cups dried beans, I think that’s then 1 lb? I had a big bag so I wasn’t sure.

    1. Hi Ellen, If you like spicey foods use 2. If not, just use one making sure the seeds are removed or you can just omit them all together. That’s what I do but I’m a bit of a wimp 🙂

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