Spicy Black Bean Cakes Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Spicy Black Bean Cakes Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Spicy Black Bean Cakes

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"These baked black bean cakes are easy to make and less fat than fried cakes."

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Original recipe makes 8 patties Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    35 mins


  1. To prepare lime sour cream, mix the sour cream, lime juice, 1 small minced jalapeno, and salt together in a small bowl. Cover, and refrigerate.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Cook green onions until softened, about 1 minute. Stir in garlic, 2 diced jalapenos, and cumin; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Transfer contents of skillet to a large bowl. Stir in black beans, and mash with a fork. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix in sweet potatoes, egg, and bread crumbs. Divide into 8 balls, and flatten into patties.
  4. In the oven, set cooking rack about 4 inches from heat source. Set oven to broil. Lightly grease baking sheet with 1 tablespoon oil.
  5. Place bean patties on baking sheet, and broil 8 to 10 minutes. Turn cakes over, and broil until crispy, about 3 minutes more. Serve with lime sour cream.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 27, 2007

Overall good recipe with a few adjustments. I read all the reviews and combined thier advice. I halved the recipe and made smaller patties, 10 in all. I also added diced red pepper, cilantro, green chiles, and chili powder. To the sour cream sauce, I added red pepper and cilantro to give it a nice color. Also I found that searing the patties made them stay togther better. And don't forget to microwave the sweet potato as stated

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 20, 2010

Yet another Meatless Monday. These cakes are a tad on the "sweet" side. The recipe definitely needs something else to balance out the sweetness of the yam.

May 09, 2005

Very, very good. Try these, they are worth it -- quick, good, and healthy. Don't skip the lime sour cream -- it goes great with the cakes. I microwaved the grated sweet potato for 1 minute before mixing in because I wasn't sure how well it cook in the broiler. Watch the time -- it did not take as long for me as it says.

Apr 20, 2012

This is my all-time favorite meatless recipe. DO NOT pre-cook the yams; you don't want a mushy cake. DO brown very well (just don't burn them like I keep doing); the thinner you make them, the easier. It seems that the lack of flavor noted by others comes from UNDERCOOKING the patties. breadcrumbs, or gluten-free breadcrumbs. For a gluten-free version, I have used quinoa instead of **And here is how I ADORE the sour cream topping: leave out the jalapeno, add a generous sprinkling of salt and extra lime juice, as well as some of the lime ZEST! and garnish with, or mix in, chopped cilantro. No blandness here.

Feb 04, 2008

These were good, and I'll make them again. I shredded the sweet potato and made the sour cream topping the night before to save time. I followed the other suggestions and made these changes to the recipe: use 2 eggs in the bean mixture and also add to the basic recipe 1 can mild diced chilies, 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp coriander. I also used 1Tbsp jarred chopped jalapenos instead of fresh and it was really mild so I'll add more next time. I'll also add some cilantro next time. This recipe made 18 patties (golf ball size when I scooped them out) which I flattened. I had to move the oven rack to the middle because they burned otherwise, and then I baked them for 7 min on one side and 4 on the other. They were good, but needed more spice. Also, next time I'm going to make them much thinner/flatter and add more salt & pepper (I only used 1/4 tsp of each).

Jan 12, 2009

WOW! These were amazing! I made these Friday night and by Saturday afternoon they were gone! My boyfriend and sister ate them all! I made a second batch Sunday and froze them so I could have them for my lunches. I also loved the sour cream mix, but my sister preferred salsa with it. I cooked them on the stove top, only because the second I turn on my broiler the fire alarm goes off :( I also followed others advice and used two eggs- they were perfectly moist! Aside from that I followed the recipe exactly. I'll be making these again!

Feb 18, 2007

I brought this to a very foodie (berkeley, CA) potluck party and it was the first dish gone. People loved it! I added about a 1/4c chopped red bell pepper and a small can of diced green chiles which i think was perfect. Also to the lime sour cream i added a bout a 1/2 tablespoon chopped cilantro and a couple tablespoons finely chopped red bell pepper for color.

Aug 18, 2008

I didn't have sweet potatoes in the house and these were still very good. I added more seasonings including chili powder and used whole wheat flour in lieu of the bread crumbs. Made a really nice, healthy lunch Christina and thank you!!


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  • Calories
  • 219 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 31.3 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 29 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 6.7 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 8.9 g
  • 35%
  • Protein
  • 9.4 g
  • 19%
  • Sodium
  • 481 mg
  • 19%

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

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