Pureed Salsa and Beans

Steph Wagner MS, RDN

April 4, 2017

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Pureed Salsa and Beans


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Pureed Salsa and Beans | Pureed Bariatric Recipes | FoodCoach.Me

It is SO hard to make a “pureed” recipe sound like it’s any good. But trust me…this one is!

It’s essentially refried beans with a little more flavor going on for you. For this recipe we heat together three simple ingreidents: pinto beans, salsa and broth. Then we put them in the blender (or in my case, a Magic Bullet) and blend until smooth.

It’s a wonderful recipe for a Bariatric Soft Phase diet. So much flavor, but just the right texture for healing. Note: every bariatric program differs in how they approach the bariatric phases of the diet. Make sure to follow your surgeons plans on when you can incorporate refried beans. 

Now remember…beans are SOME protein but they are a higher carbohydrate food. We utilize them on the healing phase of the diet because their texture is so favorable for a new and irritated stomach pouch. Keep in mind, beans need to be more cautious in your diet once you have been opened up to more protein options! For now, we will add unflavored protein powder to make the protein to carb ratio more balanced (this recipe makes an estimated four servings and each serving will provide an estimated 11 grams protein and 15 grams carbs. See note at the bottom of the recipe.)

As always, take things very slowly on your first trial of a new food after surgery. Tiny bites (think pencil eraser), eat slowly and stop at the very first sign of fullness.


Pureed Salsa and Beans | Pureed Bariatric Recipes | FoodCoach.Me

Pureed Salsa and Beans

Course: Vegetables
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 128kcal
Author: Steph Wagner
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  • 1 (15 oz) can pinto beans
  • 2 tbsp salsa of choice
  • 2 tbsp chicken broth
  • 1 scoop unflavored whey protein powder


  • Combine all ingredients into a small sauce pan. Place on stovetop over medium high heat.
  • Stir occasionally until ingredients are warmed throughout. Transfer to a blender.
  • Blend on high for a couple minutes until mixture looks smooth. Transfer to serving dish. Divide leftovers into small food storage containers.


This recipe will make about 4 servings - although serving sizes will vary from patient to patient. 


Serving: 3oz | Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Facts
Pureed Salsa and Beans
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 128 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 95mg4%
Potassium 52mg1%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 59IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

4 thoughts on “Pureed Salsa and Beans”

  1. Won’t the heated food cause the blender pitcher to break? Can’t I blend it cold, then heat it?

  2. Good question, it depends on your blender. You would want to look up the information on your particular blender. I use a Vitamix personally which includes a heat setting and can make soups but there may be others not designed for heat

  3. 3 stars
    I didn’t like the protein powder get all lumpy. I added the protein powder at the beginning and it still lumped all

  4. @Becky it does depend on the brand of protein powder and the temperature is very finicky. I like to use Unjury unflavored protein powder but it cannot get above 140F or it denatures the protein and gets clumpy.

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