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Black Bean Cakes Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Black Bean Cakes

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"These are really delicious, especially when served with sour cream or the homemade sauce included in this recipe! They are great for Chinese New Year."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    25 mins


  1. Place black beans in a large pot with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour, or until tender.
  2. In an electric blender or food processor, process black beans until smooth. Stir in cumin, chili powder, salt, and cilantro; blend. Roll the mixture into balls, allowing 3 tablespoons of mixture per ball.
  3. Place balls between sheets of wax paper and press down on the wax paper to form 1/8 inch thick rounds.
  4. Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet. Fry the cakes 2 or 3 minutes per side.
  5. In a bowl, combine yogurt, milk, and cayenne pepper (to taste). Serve the sauce over the hot black bean cakes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 06, 2004

Hello All: I added one large egg and 3/4 cup of cornmeal. It made it easier to control the patties. I put them on a cookie sheet using parchment paper, then I sprayed a little pam on each pattie. I baked them on 350 for about 30 minutes they came out wonderful and I cut the fat.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 29, 2003

I don't know if it was the canned beans I used or if the recipe's ingredients failed to bind the cakes together. ? They were even too sticky to come off the wax paper (as recipe indicated to press between). They fell apart turning and I did not like the texture much. I think it would have been better if the beans were not mixed until smooth, but instead left a little "chunky". The spices used had a very good flavor and a creamy sauce is an excellent accompaniement to the black bean flavor- but the sauce was quite plain. I made another batch of sauce blending roasted red peppers, heavy cream and cayenne pepper;liked it much better. I would try again, only to see if dried beans binded better and with a more flavorful sauce. sorry...


16 Ratings

Sep 18, 2003

This is delicious. I used canned black beans and needed to add some bread crumbs in order to roll into balls. I put them in a tortilla with some tomato and sour cream and had as a main dish.

Jul 06, 2004

These were good. For those of you whose cakes fell apart, your oil probably wasn't hot enough. Tip: when you think the oil is heated in the skillet, toss in a pinch of flour, if it sizzles, then it's ready.

Aug 27, 2004

The cakes were very tasty, but way to soft. It was very hard to turn them over in the pan. I added 2 tsp of cornmeal to the mix, but next time I'll also add 1 egg.

Nov 08, 2006

The taste was good, and the sauce fine. My patties didn't fall apart, but they didn't really seem to cook, either. They only formed the most barely perceptible crust, and were still completely soft inside, even though I had them in the pan for nearly 10 minutes. Not sure what went wrong - the oil should definitely have been hot enough.

Sep 18, 2003

Really tasty! I used canned beans and they came out a little soft, but I'll definitely try again!

Nov 10, 2005

When people say these cakes fall apart if you follow the recipe, they must really mean it. I'm usually good at pattie recipes so I thought I could make them work, but the consistency was wasn't right.


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  • Calories
  • 175 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 28.3 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 3 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 6 g
  • 24%
  • Protein
  • 9.8 g
  • 20%
  • Sodium
  • 110 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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