Black Bean and Corn Pancakes with Tomatillo Salsa

These tasty and colorful corn pancakes can be made small for an appetizer or larger as a side dish for pork or chicken. Don't be intimidated by the ingredient list, there's very little chopping involved.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
6 servings



  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • cup yellow cornmeal

  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 (11 ounce) can Mexican-style corn, drained

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend

  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • ½ medium red bell pepper, finely chopped

  • 3 stalks green onions, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • nonstick vegetable cooking spray

Tomatillo Salsa:

  • 1 (7 ounce) can green salsa

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar


  1. Prepare pancakes: sift flour, baking powder, sugar, cumin, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. Stir in cornmeal until combined.

  2. Combine black beans, corn, milk, Mexican cheese, cilantro, chile peppers, eggs, bell pepper, green onions, and vinegar in another bowl. Add to cornmeal mixture; stir until combined. Let sit for 10 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, prepare salsa: combine green salsa, vinegar, and cumin in a small bowl. Place in the refrigerator while you make the pancakes.

  4. Heat a griddle to medium heat and spray with nonstick spray. Spoon 1/4 to 1/3 cupfuls batter onto the griddle, placing about 2 inches apart. Cook until edges are firm and tiny holes appear on the surface, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook until brown on the other side, 2 to 3 minutes more. Repeat with remaining batter.

  5. Serve hot pancakes with salsa.

Cook's Note:

I used La Costena(R) green salsa.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

357 Calories
11g Fat
50g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 357
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 1372mg 60%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 34mg 172%
Calcium 314mg 24%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 545mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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