Spicy Black-Bean Cakes

Spicy Black-Bean Cakes
Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

Because these crispy bean cakes are broiled rather than fried, the recipe doesn't call for much oil, so the cakes contain less fat; they are also easier to make.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced

  • 6 garlic cloves, pressed

  • 1 to 2 jalapeno chiles, finely chopped (ribs and seeds removed for less heat, if desired)

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 2 cans (15.5 ounces each) black beans, drained and rinsed

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and coarsely grated (2 cups)

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • ½ cup plain dried breadcrumbs

  • Lime Sour Cream


  1. Heat broiler. In a small skillet over medium heat, warm 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cook scallions until softened, 1 minute. Add garlic, jalapeno, and cumin; cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Transfer to a large bowl.

  2. Add beans to bowl; mash with a fork or a potato masher, leaving about 1/4 of the beans whole. Season generously with salt and pepper. Fold in sweet potato, egg, and breadcrumbs. Divide into 8 balls of equal size; flatten into patties.

  3. Brush a baking sheet with remaining tablespoon oil; place patties on sheet, 1/2 inch apart. Broil 4 inches from heat until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. With a thin metal spatula, carefully turn cakes. Broil until crisp, 2 to 3 minutes more. Serve with Lime Sour Cream.

  4. For the Lime Sour Cream: In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream with 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice and 1 small minced jalapeno chile (ribs and seeds removed for less heat, if desired) season with coarse salt.

Cook's Notes

To grate the potatoes with a box grater (instead of food processor), use the large holes and work over a bowl.

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