Don’t you worry, I know beans are not paleo, no need to tell me. I’ve been following the bean protocol for over 2 months at this point, which means I’m consuming beans usually around 6x per day, all in hopes of fixing my acne forever. And guess what? It’s working. You can see my latest update post here! It’s truly one of the craziest nutrition changes I’ve experienced since going gluten free 12 years ago. And even though beans aren’t paleo, I still want to share the recipes that are working for me and right now that means beans! Take ’em or leave ’em!

PaleOMG Stewed Beans

PaleOMG Stewed Beans

We spent a long weekend in the mountains to get away from the city for a little bit and I didn’t worry much about eating beans while I was there. I still had some, but it wasn’t my main concern. But now that I’m back to eating beans multiple times per day, I feel SO MUCH better. It’s pretty insane how much these little legumes, that I’ve always heard have lectins and are terrible for you, make such a positive impact on your gut biome and digestive tract. It has been such a good reminder to keep your mind open to different ideas because they may change your life for the better. This small change has drastically changed my skin and I finally feel free from acne. I’m not 100% there, but I’m getting there, and it’s fucking awesome!!!

PaleOMG Stewed Beans

But on a completely non-bean related note – I may never be able to go back to the mountains again after watching Missing 411. Go look it up. It’s all about people going missing in National Parks and no one can ever figure out why or what happened to them. And then the National Parks won’t give a statement or speak to the documentarians…or they will speak to them if they pay $1.5M. How sketch is that? What’s going on here? Aliens? I sure hope so. Serial killers? Good chance. I’m going to make a blanket statement here and say that most mountain people go crazy while in the mountains since the aliens are closer to them. It’s just science. That blanket statement was terrible. I do, however, believe there are aliens that are taking people and I would prefer to not be one of them. I really like my house in the city. And my life. My life filled with beans.

PaleOMG Stewed Beans

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Stewed Beans

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  • Author: juli
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings 1x


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 29 ounces unsalted canned black beans, drained
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 8 ounces chicken bone broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 bay leaves


  1. Place a large nonstick pan over medium heat, add olive oil, onion, and bell peppers. Cook onions and peppers for 5-7 minutes, until onion begins to become translucent. Add garlic cloves and cook for another 3 minutes, until garlic becomes fragrant.
  2. Next, add beans, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, salt, oregano, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Mix to combined then press 2 bay leaves into the mix. Cover and bring to simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring every couple minutes to keep from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  3. Once the mixture has reduced and thickened, remove the lid and let it thicken even more for another 3-4 minutes.
  4. Lastly, remove the bay leaves then use a wooden spoon or a potato masher to mash the beans. This should only mash the bean slightly, not break them down into a soup. Then all you have do is serve and eat!

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  1. Erin says:

    I legit laughed out loud at your mountain musing🤣 Keep the bean recipes coming!!

  2. Brittney says:

    Trying this bean life with you. Keep bringing delicious recipes!

    1. Sharon Dotson says:

      Omg! I love your ramblings! I’m sure the aliens are to blame for the missing people!🤣 I also love this recipe. I have been paleo for years but still have so much health stuff I’m dealing with. So I’m hoping the beans work. Going to give my all! Thanks for the laughs!

      1. juli says:

        i hope it helps, sharon!!

  3. Stephanie says:

    Hi Juli! I can’t tell you enough how much I’ve benefited from you talking about the bean protocol. I was diagnosed with PCOS last year and have been struggling with cystic acne for a year before I got diagnosed and put on birth control. I’m not full in with the bean protocol yet but I have been eating beans 6 times a day for the last month. It’s absolutely has helped my skin so far, but I’m still suffering from anxiety and chronic inflammation so I know I need to go full in soon. Would you recommend Unique Hammond’s program over Karen Hurd’s? Both of the protocols aren’t cheap so I want to make sure I’m picking the best program. Thank you in advance for your response and I can’t wait to see your 3 month results!

    1. juli says:

      i love uniques a little bit more!

  4. Lor says:

    Eden beans are pressure cooked so they don’t have any lectins!

  5. Kaitlyn M says:

    Hi Juli! Love you and all your recipes. I’m just wondering one thing – I thought beans were not to be consumed with fat and I see olive oil in both this recipe and the turmeric rice and beans recipe. If you could just explain if olive oil is allowed that would be so awesome!

    1. juli says:

      it’s only a very small amount of fat in a pretty large dish, so it’s not a huge worry. you just don’t want tons of fat like salad dressing or condiments