Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: Pressure Cooker: Refried Beans

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Pressure Cooker: Refried Beans

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Alright are you ready for another thrifty pressure cooker recipe? Here is my quick and simple recipe for refried beans. Oh but before I give you the recipe, let me explain why the heck I make my own. First of all it is cheaper to do it yourself. Remember I always like to do things that save my family and I money. It is the Best Thing Ever! I buy 25 lbs of pinto beans from the LDS cannery. I pay $18.55 for the beans. I store these in  5 gallon food grade buckets, which I purchase from Lowe's. This is also how I store all of my flours, rice, and other grains. 25 lbs. of pinto beans will last my family about 6 months. I try to have a 50 lb stock, since I know that last us about 1 year. It is all about planning ahead folks for that rainy day.

 I cook them in 1 cup portions and use them in many of my family's favorite recipes, like chicken tacos, Mexican pizza, and baked burritos. We also use them as a side dish when making quesdillas. I make them ahead of time and store them in my fridge until dinner time comes around.

Here is how I make my own refried beans.

1 cup dry pinto beans (be sure to wash them first to remove any dirt)
4 cups water

Put your water and pinto beans into your pressure cooker. Once your pressure cooker valve begins to rock, cook for 25 minutes. Allow your cooker to cool down on its own accord.

Puree cooled beans in your blender or food processor. I use a Nutri Bullet
(best thing ever). Add 2-3 tablespoons of water to thin out your beans. I also add taco seasoning and 1 small can of green chiles.

Once your beans have reached a smooth consistency, reheat them on the stove. I like to add flax seed, bran, and nutritional yeast to my beans. (Here's why).

Pretty simple right? Serve with all your favorite dishes and see what other sneaky ingredients you can mix into your beans.

Print Recipe HERE

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XO Danielle


  1. Cool. I'm all about saving my family money and eating nutritious meals. My husband bought me a pressure cooker and I was not thrilled. Maybe I'll actually try it now. Have a super day!

  2. First off love your blog. Second do your five gallon buckets have the screw on lids or the snap down. I can never get the lids off the snap down ones off and thought you might have a trick to getting them off.

  3. I also make homemade beans, but in a crockpot with your similar ingredients. Works great! Add chicken broth instead of water for a richer taste.

  4. I love me some refried beans! Can't wait to try this!

  5. Pinned! I love my electric pressure cooker! I can cook a full meal on a weekday, after working all day, with little to no stress :-)

  6. How much taco seasoning do you put in the refried beans?

    1. usually use 1-2 tablespoons of taco seasoning for 1 cup of dry pinto beans

  7. I found you about a month ago and have been trying all your recipes. I love cooking again because of you! Thank you so much for all you do :)

  8. How much flax seed, bran and nutritional yeast do you put in for a cup of beans?

  9. Cool!!!!! After reading your article, maybe I should buy a pressure cooker.

  10. Pretty simple right? Serve with all your favorite dishes and see what other sneaky ingredients you can mix into your beans. MelissaBarajas

  11. Wow, this looks amazing. I've only just recently stumbled across your article and its amazing!!!
    Grate article thank you for your share!

  12. These Beans look good, I like them, want to make like this, thanks

  13. It is very cool, thanks for your sharing.

  14. I love rice and always prefer to have pressure cooker to cook rice.


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