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Instant Pot refried beans are so cheap and easy, they have become a weekly staple on our menu. You can use them in anything from burritos to Mexican pizza or just as a side. A batch costs less than $1 to make, and makes at least 8 servings.
I’ve had some recent changes in my personal life that mean my budget is getting a lot tighter. One way I am tightening the belt is by using the food I have on hand and grocery shopping less. Dani Johnson talks about this method in First Steps To Wealth. I’ve always assumed that buying in bulk is the most budget-friendly option. But it often leads to food going bad or just sitting in the pantry til it is stale. By using what you have on hand and shopping weekly for only the ingredients you will use that week, you eliminate waste. There are still a few things I buy in bulk, but using up before buying has indeed saved me money.
Cooking Dry Beans
I bought a 10lb bag of pinto beans a few months ago, so as you can imagine, I still have a ton left. Cooking from dry beans is dramatically cheaper than using canned. Before I got an Instant Pot it would take me a day and a half to soak and cook the beans. Now it takes me 50 minutes. If you don’t have an Instant Pot, go get you one. I am a lot more likely to cook from scratch when it is quick and easy, so this saves me from grabbing a pizza several nights a week.
How To Make Instant Pot Refried Beans
Add 2 cups of dry pinto beans to the Instant Pot. Add 4 cups of water, 1 T salt, 1 t cumin, and 1 t garlic powder. Set on manual mode for 50 minutes. NPR for 10 minutes and see if the beans are tender. If they aren’t quite done, turn the Instant Pot back on manual for 5 minute increments.
Once the beans are tender, you can mash them by hand or pop them in a food processor or blender. I use my Ninja Mega Kitchen System with the food processor bowl and plastic blade. I prefer my refried beans a little chunky, but if you want a smoother finish blend longer or with the metal blade.
And that’s it! These smell SOOO good when you get done blending them you’ll have to taste test right away.
If you are watching your budget you know how cheap dry beans are, and this dish stretches them even farther. Cook up a little rice, throw it in a bowl with these refried beans, salsa and cheese and you have a great main dish. That costs less than $1 per serving!
I love being able to cook dry beans in the Instant Pot in less than an hour. My Instant Pot has probably saved me more money on groceries than any other plan or strategy I have tried. If you don’t have one, I would seriously encourage you to check them out. I have several other Instant Pot recipes, and all are cheap and easy!
- 2 Cups Dry Pinto Beans
- 4 Cups Water
- 1 T salt
- 1 t cumin
- 1 t garlic powder
- Add all ingredients to Instant Pot and cook on manual for 50 minutes. NPR for 10 minutes. If the beans aren't quite done add 5 more minutes on manual. Blend mixture in food processor or mash by hand.