How many times have you watched someone on YouTube buy their groceries from the bulk section and make a ton of recipes from scratch? They display the immaculate interior of their fridge filled with freshly made foods all organized in wide-mouthed mason jars looking like a magazine cover. Sigh. I’ve always viewed these videos with a deep longing and an equal amount of laziness.
Just this once, let’s pretend that we have the courage to go out to the grocery store, brave the bulk section, and make our own d*mn vegan beans! Don’t be intimidated by this Instant Pot refried beans recipe. It’s so easy, you’ll be amazed at your own ability to handle anything homemade.
Buying beans in bulk is not only easier on the environment, but it will also put more money in your pocket. You’ll certainly save time and energy by using the Instant Pot and we’ll get you in gear for chucking pre-packaged products for good.
Ready to make really tasty vegan refried beans?
By choosing bulk foods and ingredients, you not only get the satisfaction of saving a bunch of single use plastic from cluttering up Mother Earth and our beautiful oceans, but this conscious choice can save you money as well.
Sure, you can buy cans that can be recycled, but (sadly) many cans do not end up at recycling center. Recycling also uses an incredible amount of natural resources and is not the best option on the eco-friendly scale. Choose package-free, if at all possible. Remember to refuse plastic first!
Did you know that canned pinto beans are almost 6 times higher in price per pound than dry pinto beans? It’s wild! Have you ever tried to compare bulk vs. packaged prices? A real eye-opener.
I never even thought about this until my husband (who loves to look at the price per pound labels at the grocery store) mentioned it to me. At the time, it was hard to do an equal comparison of a small can of cooked beans to a pound bag of dried beans. But, I love math, so I decided to figure it out when I got home.
Results: You can buy a can of organic cooked pinto beans for around $1.50 (if you’re lucky), which gives you a little under 1.5 cups of beans. This adds up to about 50 cents per cup. If you bought a pound of organic dry pinto beans for the same price and cooked them up yourself, you would get about 7 cups cooked––for the same price or cheaper! Big thumbs up for bulk beans.
These refried beans are pictured above topped with shredded vegan pepperjack cheese from Miyoko’s and fresh cilantro.
Although you may think that these Instant Pot refried beans will be a tad tame, you’ll be delightfully surprised by their rich flavor profile. Especially being oil-free! Here are some delicious ways to ramp up your refried beans even more:
To re-heat, simply add them to a small saucepan and cook over medium low until desired temperature. You can also microwave them for a minute or so. If they seem a little dry, add a tablespoon at a time of water or vegetable broth and mix until you have the texture you want.
If you made too many beans that you can’t eat within a few days, feel free to freeze them. Wait until the beans are at room temperature and place them in a freezer-safe bag (like a Stasher bag) or container. They’ll keep for 3-6 months. To defrost, take the beans out and refrigerate them overnight or place in a saucepan and heat on low until heated.
Don’t miss this round-up of 10 of the best vegan Instant Pot recipes we could find across the web! And here are few of our own delightful recipes that you’ve gotta try:
Vegan Instant Pot Refried Beans Recipe by Gina House and photos by JJ Steele, copyright of World of Vegan™, all rights reserved. Article edited by Amanda Meth. Please note that this article may contain affiliate links which helps support our work at World of Vegan.