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Paleo 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 Paleo 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 refried 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. Hydrogenated 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.

Paleo Refried Beans

Maria Emmerich
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 93


  • 1 medium eggplants or 2 large zucchini
  • 4 slices sugar free bacon chopped
  • 1 cup onions chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon jalapeño pepper seeded and minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon Redmond Real salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon oregano chopped fresh


  • ½ cup crumbled queso fresco or shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup minced fresh cilantro
  • Carnivore Crisps use code Maria to save


  • Peel and cube the eggplant. Place the eggplant, bacon, onion, jalapeño and garlic in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Stir-fry until the bacon is crisp and the eggplant is very soft, about 10 minutes. Add the chili powder, cumin, oregano and salt. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the mixture to the food processor or blender and puree the mixture until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking.
  • Place onto a platter.
  • Sprinkle with the cheese and cilantro, if using, and serve.
  • Serve with THESE zero carb chips!


Calories: 93 | Fat: 5.6g | Protein: 5.7g | Carbohydrates: 5.8g | Fiber: 2.6g | P:E Ratio: 0.6


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In January I had an initial health assessment and consult with Maria. I immediately stopped my diet coke addiction (over 40 oz a day) – that was the hardest one for me. During this time we started eating less wheat and sugar and by January 15th I got rid of all the grain products and went wheat-free.
Since that consult with Maria in early January through today I’ve lost 51 lbs. The first 40 came of rather quickly and the last 11 have been slower, but are still coming off at about 1 to 1.5 lbs a week. All this with little exercise (since I’m allergic to it! Ha, Ha, Ha!) I canceled my WLS that was scheduled for April and couldn’t be happier. My moods are improved, I’m sleeping great, my body doesn’t ache all the time, my hands and feet aren’t always cold, I’ve not had a headache or acid reflux since late January, and my PMS is much better. I was experiencing facial ticks and vertigo type symptoms daily and the doctor didn’t know why but within 10 days of getting off the Diet Coke, they were gone and haven’t been back.
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Paleo Refried Beans


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Maria Emmerich

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.".


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