Yummy Pressure Cooker Refried Beans


Yummy Pressure Cooker Fried Beans Authentic Mexican Food

Yummy Pressure Cooker Refried Beans

Pressure Cookers are a marvelous tool in the kitchen. I use one almost every day.  This recipe cuts the making of home made Refried Beans quick and delicious.  To make Yummy Pressure Cooker Refried Beans is so easy.

No need to soak the beans before using them. Place 1 cup of beans into a pressure cooker, 3 cups of water and a dried chipolte pepper and cook on high until the pressure cooker starts to hiss from the top vent.  Cook on high for 10 minutes and set aside to release naturally. 

Don’t get too anxious to release it.  It softens the beans as it releases too.  Once the pressure is released wait about 2 hours before removing the lid.  This assures that your beans will be smashable.  Remove and drain off the water.  In a large bowl smash the beans to a rough mash.  Too pureed makes it look like canned refried beans. 

My  yummy pressure cooker refried beans are one of our staples when we are eating Mexican Food for a special occasion. It is an adapted recipe from my cookbook Pantry-Friendly Mexican Cooking.

Yes, I do fry them in lard.lard gives them an authentic flavor.  Only a large spoonful and fry them only once.  Keeps the calorie count down.  My secret to making creamy delicious beans is adding a little milk (even almond or soy milk will work)  add enough to make it creamy.  As it cooks you will need to add a little more at a time to get the correct creaminess.  At this point I had about 1 cup of crumbled cotija cheese.  Mix it into the  Yummy Pressure Cooker Refried Beans.

Cotija is my secret weapon to the most flavorful beans on the planet.  Ask anyone, in my neighborhood if they like refried beans. They will tell you I make the best. 

Shannon Caldwell,of South Jordan Utah says LeAnn’s Refried Beans are the best I have ever tasted. I crave them! So happy that she invites me and my husband to their annual fiesta. The beans are one of the highlights of the buffet. 

Now that I have shared my secret you can make your own Pressure Cooker Once Fried Beans anytime.

Yummy Pressure Cooker Refried Beans
Serves 8
Flavorful authentic Refried beans from a pressure cooker.
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Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
2 hr 10 min
Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
2 hr 10 min
135 calories
17 g
11 g
4 g
9 g
2 g
142 g
528 g
1 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 135
Calories from Fat 32
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 11mg
Sodium 528mg
Total Carbohydrates 17g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 1g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 cup dried pinto beans
  2. 3 cups water
  3. 1 dried chipotle pepper
  4. 1 tsp salt
  5. 1 large spoonful of lard
  6. 1/2 cup milk or more as needed to make it creamy
  7. 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  8. 1 cup crumbled cotija cheese
  1. Place water, beans, salt and dried pepper in a pressure cooker. Heat without lid until mixture boils. Place lid. Heat until 15 lbs pressure. You will be able to tell by the hissing release from the top vent in the lid. Cook on high for 10 minutes. Turn of heat and leave on burner until pressure has been released. Let soak with lid on for an additional 2 hours.
  2. Remove beans, drain off liquid and remove chipotle. Smash with a potato masher.
  3. In a large shallow fry pan add lard and heat until really hot. It will nearly smoke. Add smashed beans carefully to avoid spatters. Let beans cook until little crusty pieces form. Turning and scraping this up until all the fat has been absorbed into the bean mixture. Add milk, stirring while adding until mixture is creamy. Add garlic powder and stir. Add cotija cheese just before serving.
  1. If you don't like lard any oil will work well. Taste will be different but still good. Using any shredded cheese will be good too if you do not have access to cotija cheese. It is usually sold in most grocery stores near the cream cheese.
Adapted from Pantry-Friendly Mexican Cooking
Pantry Friendly Cooking http://pantryfriendlycooking.com/

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LeAnn teaches cooking classes throughout the Salt Lake City area. Recently featured in Taste of Home Magazine, runner up in the Cache Valley Cheese Signature dish contest and Winner of Better Recipes Best Blogger Potluck Recipe. Created customed recipes for Hi Grade Meats to use in their promotions, She has been a frequent guest on Good Things Utah, featured chef on Studio 5, the CW 30 and at the Salt Lake Tribune Home and Garden Show. She recently auditioned for the Fox 13 show Master Chef. She hopes her passion and love of cooking will inspire you to cook from your pantry and create your own cuisine traditions. Her cookbook "Pantry Friendly Mexican Cooking is available at Amazon.com. She is currently working on a 2nd book titled Pantry-Friendly Anti-Aging Cooking and a video series called Cook Away Hunger.

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