Spicy Black Bean "meat"balls

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins

I have been looking for different ways to get a satisfying meal as a newly converted vegetarian. THIS DISH is one of the many ways! I had these over rice with sour cream and salsa on the side, but you can also serve them with pasta and tomato sauce or, instead of rolling into balls, make patties for burgers (making 4 burgers). This will satisfy people who are not vegetarian as well, my boyfriend being the test subject. :)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine red onion, jalapeno, bread crumbs, salt, chili powder, and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Drain black beans and rinse thoroughly in a colander.
  4. In a food processor, combine black beans and egg until completely pureed. Add this mixture to the remaining ingredients.
  5. Combine all ingredients together. The mixture should not be sticky and should be easily formed into balls.
  6. Form mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls, making 12. Place them on a nonstick cookie sheet (or spray with non-stick spray) and place in the preheated oven.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned and firm. Enjoy!


Most Helpful

My non-veg husband took seconds, that ranks this recipe an automatic 5 star recipe. I only had panko and ended up doubling the breadcrumbs, also had to sub pickled jalapenos as there were no fresh ones around - even so, seconds! I topped these with homeade teriyaki sauce and served them over brown rice with bok choy. I expect this will be a versitle recipe and look forward to having it again.

Mgnbos February 23, 2013

Made this for a potluck and got a lot of compliments. It was a really easy and tasty vegetarian recipe... but I did take some artistic license:
I added cumin and hamburger seasoning to the mixture, used a little more onion than what it called for, & no jalepenos. I forgot to add salt so I topped them with sharp cheddar cheese and italian seasoning.

lancasterin December 13, 2012

I really liked these. They were simple to make and tasted great, except they were really salty. I only added a little and that was too much. I added a pinch of cumin, and oregano also needed to add more breadcrumbs. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I'll be making them again.

Lucky in Bayview March 02, 2013

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