From Scratch Creamy Flavorful Refried Beans
From Scratch Creamy Flavorful Refried Beans Author: Naive Cook Cooks Cook time: 45 mins Total time: 45 mins
  • 1 pound (455 gms) ( 2.5 - 3 cups) Pinto Beans, dry uncooked
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 habanero ( If you can't handle much heat replace with 1-2 serrano or for milder beans use jalapeno. If you have a kid who will be eating these too pull out the chilies before blending. After keeping some for them, add the chili back and blend blend.)
  • ½ cup Onion, chopped in big pieces
  • 4 large garlic coves, peeled
  • 1 tomato, chopped in big pieces
  • 2 Tbsp Cooking oil
  • 1-1.5 tsp cumin powder
  2. If you have time on hand, soak beans for a minimum of 30-40 minutes in hot boiling water.
  3. In your Instant Pot add soaked or unsoaked but washed beans along with salt, cumin powder, habanero, onion, tomato, garlic cloves and oil along with 5 cups water.
  4. ( I soaked the beans after washing directly in Instant pot. So after 40 minutes I just added the remaining ingredients and cooked them.)
  5. Seal your instant pot and set it to high pressure setting to cook for 45 minutes with whistle on seal position.
  6. Once done let it cool down before opening.
  7. Once all the steam has self released, open the lid and using a hand blender blend into a smooth puree. Now at this stage your beans might have too much liquid. Turn on saute mode and place the lid back and let some of the liquid cook away. You can also taste test and see if it needs more salt or cumin powder.
  8. Enjoy as a soup garnished with some onions, tomatoes, crushed tortilla chips or inside quesadillas, on nachos, on tacos and so on!
  9. I freeze the extra and pull out as and when needed.
  11. Make sure to use a big deep pot and follow exactly same until you add all the ingredients to the pot. Then cook on medium high heat and keep an eye as you might need more water. It will also take longer to cook depending on how old your beans are.
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