Keto Refried Beans

By January 30, 2008 July 27th, 2020 Uncategorized

Keto Refried Beans

I once adored going to Mexican restaurants for refried beans! (which is a huge hit in the book Keto Restaurant Favorites). But when Craig lost his job, and we couldn’t afford to go out to eat, I started cooking our favorite restaurant meals at home! Not only was it a great way to save money, but we both lost a lot of weight eating healthier versions at home!

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What are keto refried beans?  Well keep reading, and some great recipes…first some facts.

Most of you know re-fried beans are traditionally made with pinto beans. My program doesn’t allow beans. Sure, they seem harmless…no corn syrup, no trans-fats, no “plastic package” surrounding this food item…so what’s wrong with eating beans?

Well, first off, let’s check the ingredients in traditional re-fried beans = Prepared Dry Beans, Water, Salt, Lard (Partially Hydrogenated Lard With BHA And BHT Added To Help Protect Flavor), Onion Powder, Chili Pepper, Garlic Powder, Spice. Hydrogentated oils!!! Trans-fats = bad bad bad!

Beans also are very high in carbs. Sure they have protein, but with a 4:1 ratio of carbs to protein, it is considered a carb in the nutrition books. I don’t believe beans have caused people to have a damaged metabolism, BUT since the typical American diet is filled with carbs and sugar, most people end up sensitive to carbs. Once that happens, things like beans have too much starch.

Beans, as well as grains, contain lectins, which are indigestible proteins found in plants that attach themselves to the lower intestine, causing a really unpleasant inflammatory response and a cascade of bowel issues. This is when people suffer from Crohn’s, colitis, IBS, and other auto-immune disorders. These lectins also increase the risk of leptin resistance. Leptin is the hormone that signals that we are full, which can malfunction causing over-eating.

This is why I suggest a grain-free, bean-free diet. My passion is to make this limited diet as tasty as possible so you can stay successful! Here is a recipe that you will totally enjoy that is low in starch and no lectins!

Paleo Refried Beans
More recipes, photos and tips like this are found in The Art of Eating Healthy Savory.

I know this recipe sounds crazy, but it is soooooo good! I have gotten so many comments saying that their spouse had no clue it wasn’t real re-fried beans.

Keto Refried Beans
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Serves: 8
  • 1 medium eggplant, or 2 large zucchini
  • 4 strips bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped onions (about 1 large)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon seeded and minced jalapeño pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • ½ cup crumbled queso fresco or shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
  • ¼ cup minced fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)
  1. Peel and cube the eggplant. Place the eggplant and bacon in a
  2. large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Stir-fry until the bacon
  3. is crisp and the eggplant is very soft, about 10 minutes. Using a
  4. slotted spoon, transfer the eggplant and bacon to a food processor;
  5. leave the bacon fat in the pan. Puree the eggplant and bacon until
  6. smooth.
  7. Cook the onion in the skillet with the bacon fat over medium-high
  8. heat, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, jalapeño,
  9. chili powder, cumin, salt, and cayenne to the onion and cook,
  10. stirring, until fragrant, 45 seconds to 1 minute. Stir in the eggplant
  11. puree and oregano. Cook, stirring with a heavy wooden spoon,
  12. until the mixture forms a thick paste, 5 to 10 minutes, adding water
  13. tablespoon at a time to keep it from getting dry. Sprinkle with the
  14. cheese and cilantro, if using, and serve. Store in an airtight container
  15. in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To reheat, place in a lightly
  16. greased skillet over medium heat for about 3 minutes, or heat to
  17. your liking.
  18. vegetarian option: Peel and slice the eggplant, wrap it in foil, and smoke
  19. it in a wood smoker for 2 hours. This gives the eggplant a natural bacon
  20. flavor without using bacon.
Traditional Re-fried Beans = 183 calories, 6.6g fat, 7g protein, 24g carbs, 6g fiber (18 effective carbs)
"Healthified" Re-fried "Beans" = 93 calories, 5.6g fat, 5.7g protein, 5.8g carbs, 2.6g fiber (3.2 effective carbs)



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One day I was sitting on my couch after dinner and I felt awful. I can remember the moment so clearly. I could have laid down and went right to sleep. I finally made the direct connection between what I was eating and how I was feeling and I said no more. But I was lost. Nothing made sense. I had tried so many methods and nothing worked. Then the universe set about to bring the Emmerich’s into my life.

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Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".