Paleo Mexican Recipes - Refried 'Beans' Recipe

 We think our Paleo Mexican Recipes are fantastically tasty alternatives to satisfy your cravings for almost all of the yummy dishes you will find in your favourite Mexican restaurant. Creating a Paleo alternative to refried beans seemed like a bit of a tall order initially, but we've done it, and we're pleased with the result.

The only bean our paleo friendly refried beans have seen is a human bean.... 

If you've made our nacho recipe you will already have used one version of this recipe, and know that it works really well. However, as a side dish, the colour was just all wrong. 

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A small amount of tweaking came up trumps, and at our recent Mexican style banquet, this dish went down an absolute bomb!  See what you think and let us know in the comment box at the bottom of the page!

Refried 'Beans' - Nutritional Info

So it's CAULIFLOWER! And surely you all know by now just how fabulously healthy an option cauliflower is?

If not, then it's time you checked out our highly informative cauliflower nutrition page, as it will give you all the reasons why you should be making room in your life for this wonderful cruciferous vegetable!

Paleo Mexican Recipes - Refried Beans Recipe -Ingredients 

  • 1 small head of cauliflower
  • 1/2 pint chicken stock (or vegetable if you prefer)
  • 1/2 a serving of enchilada sauce
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Cut the cauliflower into florets, bring to the boil with the chicken stock and cook until very soft.
  3. Remove most of the remaining stock from the pan and puree the cauliflower, adding more stock as required. You want a thick, paste like consistency.
  4. Stir in the enchilada sauce and then add the cacao powder and stir well.
  5. Place the 'beans' in an oven proof dish and put in the oven for 20 - 30 minutes.
  6. Serve with your choice of our paleo mexican recipes.

If you want to you can fry the 'beans' - we suggest gently frying some chopped onions and sliced mushrooms in a tablespoon of coconut oil first, then adding the 'bean' mixture to the pan. You'll want to fry it gently for 5 or so minutes before serving. This really isn't necessary though as it taste great straight from the oven.

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