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.
Slow Cooker Refried Beans from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe are fat-free but they have lots of flavor from the seasonings.
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.
NOT Refried Beans from Budget Bytes are mashed right in the slow cooker, and these beans have jalapeno for a touch of spiciness.
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