Cinco de Mayo is only a few weeks away, so here are The BEST Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Refried Beans from Food Bloggers, with refried beans for every type of diet or food preference!
Recently we decided to start featuring Instant Pot or Electric Pressure Cooker versions of recipes along with the slow cooker ones, so we've updated this post to include The BEST Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Refried Beans from Food Bloggers. And if you followed an old pin here expecting to see slow cooker recipes, think of the Instant Pot Recipes as a bonus! Now you can pick which way you want to make refried beans, depending on what kind of day you're having!
Most cooks probably have canned refried beans in the pantry, but there are actually a few reasons for making from-scratch refried beans. First, when you make your own refried beans you control what goes in, so whether you want a recipe that's low-fat, fat-free, vegan, low in salt, spicy, or mild, you make the beans exactly the way you like them. Second, definitely from-scratch refried beans are more economical than canned ones, and beans keep well in the freezer. But most important of all, home-cooked refried beans have that creamy bean flavor you just can't get from a can.
Each of these refried beans recipes is slightly different, so look them over and see which version fits your own personal preferences for perfect refried beans and whether you'd like to make refried beans in the Slow Cooker, Instant Pot, or another Electric Pressure Cooker! All photos are copyrighted to the blogger that posted the recipe; just click the recipe name under any photo to see the complete recipe on the original site.
The BEST Instant Pot Refried Beans with Onion, Garlic, and Chiles from Kalyn's Kitchen are my favorite refried beans that I've made over and over, and these beans really are the best!
Healthy Slow-Cooker Refried Beans from Rachel Cooks are fat free and have less salt than canned beans, and these beans have plenty of seasonings.
Slow Cooker Refried Beans from Mel's Kitchen Cafe are fat-free but they have lots of flavor from the seasonings.
Or if you prefer the Instant Pot, Mel's Kitchen Cafe also has Pressure Cooker Refried Beans, and Mel admits she usually makes them in the Instant Pot now.
Authentic Refried Beans in the Slow Cooker from I Wash You Dry are fried in corn oil or bacon grease after they come out of the slow cooker.
Kare from Kitchen Treaty tried this recipe for Easy Vegetarian Crock Pot Refried Beans without Lard seven times before she was satisfied with them, so you know this recipe has to be good!
Stephanie says she uses her Instant Pot to make these Pressure Cooker Refried Beans from CopyKat Recipes, and these beans sound like they have great seasonings.
Slow Cooker Homemade Refried Beans from 365 Days of Slow Cooking have added flavor from butter and some chicken soup base.
Crock Pot Homemade Refried Beans from Chef in Training start with dried unsoaked beans, and they're finished with butter!
Slow Cooked Homemade Refried Beans from Lyn's Kitchen Adventures have onions, garlic, and spices and they're cooked in chicken stock.
Instant Pot Refried Beans from Lyn's Kitchen Adventures also look great, and Lyn says if you have an Instant Pot and haven't made refried beans yet, you need to do it!
CrockPot Refried Beans from Real Mom Kitchen have no added fat and they start with dried unsoaked beans.
NOT Refried Beans from Budget Bytes are mashed right in the slow cooker, and these beans have jalapeno for a touch of spiciness.
I think the Instant Pot Refried Beans from Attainable Sustainable look amazing, and there's also a link in that post to Kris' recipe for Slow Cooker Refried Beans if you want to check that out.
CrockPot Refried Beans from Simply Scratch feature onions, green pepper, and jalapenos cooked in lard, plus a few spices.
Clean Eating Slow Cooker Refried Beans from The Gracious Pantry are flavored with a little olive oil.
Have you made refried beans in the slow cooker or pressure cooker? If so, please share your tips or leave a link to your recipe in the comments. Use the Photo Index for Beans and Legumes to see all the Recipes using beans that have been featured on this site.