Recently I made refried beans in our shiny new pressure cooker.  They actually turned out pretty well and it was very easy to do.


1 tbsp oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
Beans (1-2 cups or so)
Salt and pepper to taste


Wash the beans and sort them to remove any rocks.  Presoak beans overnight before using.  Add a dash of salt to the soak water to preserve the beans’ skins.

Sauté onion and garlic with the oil in the pressure cooker on medium heat (if using an electric pressure cooker, use a skillet for sautéing).  Once the onions are transparent and slightly scorched, add beans and just enough water to cover them (If you sautéd in a skillet, you may need to add a little more oil as well).  If you like richer beans, use chicken or beef stock in place of the water.

Pressure cook for 15 minutes at 15psi, so that the beans are soft and overcooked.  Using a hand-mill or a potato masher, blend the beans until they are desired consistency.

Return bean mixture to heat and simmer at medium-low for 10-15 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper to desired taste.


Doing refried beans in a pressure cooker is way less time consuming than just using a normal pot.  From start to finish with the pressure cooker it takes about 40 minutes to do refried beans.  When doing it in a regular pot, it can take upwards of 4 hours depending on how quickly the beans cook.

If you  like a little more flavor in your refried beans, you can add peppers, tomatoes, cumin, coriander, Mexican oregano, chili powder, chipotle, and/or cheese.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?