About this Recipe

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


Servings: 8

Preparation: 20 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes



Spicy Black Bean Cakes








Lime Sour Cream:

cup reduced fat sour cream

2 teaspoons fresh lime juice

1 small fresh jalapeno pepper, minced

salt to taste


Bean Cakes:

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

4 green onions, thinly sliced

6 cloves garlic, pressed

2 fresh jalapeno peppers, finely diced

1 tablespoon ground cumin

2 (14.5 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed

salt and black pepper to taste

2 cups grated raw sweet potato

1 egg, lightly beaten

cup plain dried bread crumbs



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 breadcrumbs. 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.