Vegetarian Black Bean Cakes W/ Chunky Salsa-Sour Cream Topping

Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 0 mins

This Black Bean recipe comes from a Taste of Home Light and Tasty magazine; but, you needn't be a vegetarian to enjoy them. A hearty vegetarian dish, they'll tingle your taste buds, besides providing some much needed fiber. My DH isn't wild about cilantro, but he wolfed these cakes down with gusto. I haven't tried it yet, but after they are fried, I think they could also be used as a filling inside a wrap, with perhaps some slivered strips of Romaine lettuce and some chopped guacamole. Be sure to make the salsa/sour cream sauce. It's the absolute "finishing" touch!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put the rinsed beans into a large bowl (just a few at a time) and mash them with a fork. Stir the egg white in, along with the chopped green onions, the cilantro EXCEPT for the extra 2 Tbls., the chili powder, oregano and the cumin. Mix all ingredients together well, then shape into either four large or eight small (2-1/2-in.) patties.
  2. Lightly spray a small non-stick skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Heat the 4 teaspoons of oil in the skillet, then fry the small patties or larger cakes in batches for 2-4 minutes on each side, or until they are lightly browned.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the corn, the chunky salsa and the 2 tablespoons of the reserved minced fresh cilantro. The sour cream can be used as a garnish on top of the salsa, OR you can blend it into the salsa and cilantro, as I did. It's not quite as showy this way, but if you have someone who isn't fond of cilantro, the sour cream helps to disguise it. Prep and cooking time total 25 minutes.


Most Helpful

I thought these were nice, but they almost seemed a little dry once they were cooked. This could just be because I substituted celery for the green onion, though - it probably changed the texture more than I expected.

World's Pickiest Eater March 28, 2008

After making these twice now, we have discovered that these make a better side dish than a main course... we also would like to experiment with the ingredients to make a hot bean dip... we think that might be a bit better than the cakes... The salsa/corn/cilantro/sour cream is still to die for! i will be making this often and to use on other things!

Mrs. Lumpy January 23, 2008

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