Southwestern Falafel Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Southwestern Falafel Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Southwestern Falafel

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"A spicy, Southwestern take on this Middle Eastern favorite. Serve with sour cream, guacamole or salsa."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
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Directions

  1. Heat vegetable oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Place onion, green bell pepper, egg, garlic, taco seasoning, baking powder, peanut oil, cumin, salt, and cayenne pepper in a food processor. Puree until smooth.
  3. Pour pinto beans into mixture and pulse until pinto beans are chopped and integrated, but not smooth.
  4. Transfer bean mixture to a large bowl; stir hot sauce into mixture.
  5. Stir enough bread crumbs into mixture to form a dough that holds together, but isn't sticky.
  6. Form dough into quarter-sized balls.
  7. Deep-fry in hot oil until falafel are deep brown, about 3 to 5 minutes.
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  • PREP 20 mins
  • COOK 15 mins
  • READY IN 35 mins

Footnotes

  • Cook's note:
  • If a food processor is not available, add first ten ingredients to a blender and process until smooth. Mash beans in a bowl with a potato masher, then mix together.
  • Editor's note:
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.
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Reviews More Reviews

Aug 14, 2012

I have made these 3 times in the past 2 months and am getting ready to make them again tomorrow! They are a hit with my family--especially the kids, and I took them to a meal swap where they were a favorite! I changed the recipe up some... First, I omitted the salt. With the packaged taco seasoning, it didn't need anymore salt. Second, I added a tsp more cumin and used an entire onion. I also use kidney beans instead of pinto and plan to make them with black beans one of these times! I also use olive oil instead of peanut oil in the mixture and for frying. As with traditional falfalfel, it's better to add the bread crumbs and let the mixture set at least 30 minutes. Much easier to form and fry! I do not deep fat fry mine, but rather skillet fry and I make patties vs balls. Also, it has always taken 1 1/2c bread crumbs vs 1 cup. Again, they fry much better when dryer. Serve with homemade salsa and you have an incredible meal! Enjoy! (PS--sometimes I also serve with tortillas, fresh tomatoes and lettuce)!

 
Aug 13, 2012

I wasn't able to deep-fry these, so I just skillet-fried 'em! Good, especially when served with sour cream and salsa (I *may* have added some green onions on top for color, too. Hehe.) The only real change (besides frying technique) was that I used homemade taco seasoning instead of the packet.

 

4 Ratings

Jun 03, 2014

Really easy and delicious! Make a recipe for chili sauce and it will be complete.

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 326 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 35 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 18.8 g
  • 29%
  • Fiber
  • 4.9 g
  • 20%
  • Protein
  • 7.6 g
  • 15%
  • Sodium
  • 1354 mg
  • 54%

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

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