I’ve never loved beans, but I do like refried beans with tacos. I don’t, however, love what they do to my stomach. There’s a reason a lot of people have issues with beans – they’re loaded with enzyme inhibitors and difficult to digest. They’re also full of phytic acid, which binds to minerals and prevents them from being absorbed. I know people love to talk about how healthy beans are and how they’re such a good source of protein, but 100 grams of pinto beans have seven grams of protein and roughly 22 grams of carbohydrate.

Now compare that to wild salmon which has 25 grams of protein and 0 carbohydrates.

Luckily for you, I recreated refried beans using eggplant. Most recipes call for zucchini, but zucchini and I don’t get along. Plus I had an eggplant in my fridge.




paleo refried beans

Paleo Refried Beans (No beans)

I recreated a paleo refried beans recipe using eggplant instead of pinto beans. Most recipes call for zucchini, but zucchini and I don’t get along. Plus I had an eggplant in my fridge.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer, side
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 111 kcal


  • 1 small eggplant diced into cubes (about 2.5 cups)
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 1 Roma tomato diced
  • 1 jalapeno diced (remove the seeds for less spice)
  • 1 large clove of garlic minced
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup bone broth you may need a bit more


  • Melt the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and stir for about a minute. Add the tomato. Once softened, add the cubed eggplant.
  • It will take a while to cook the eggplant and it may start to become dry because eggplant absorbs the liquid. So add the bone broth.When it’s cooked, add the garlic, jalapeño, and spices.Puree.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 111kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 22mgPotassium: 370mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 395IUVitamin C: 11.1mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 0.8mg
Keyword easy refried beans, healthy refried beans, homemade refried beans
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  1. Thank you for a great recipe, I really enjoyed it. To me I t’s not really like beans but it is a tasty, creamy Mexican food side dish made of veggies. So basically, it’s awesome.

  2. Loved this! I didn’t have chipotle powder so I used smoked paprika, but it was so good and had an amazing kick! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Amy Salomone Reply

    This looks great! Do you think I could sub veggie broth for bone broth?

  4. 5 stars
    I didn’t have chipotle so I used taco seasoning. I also added extra onion powder and cumin. It was delicious! The eggplant skin gave it the color of retried beans too! Great recipe!

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