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Rating: 4.24 stars
336 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 152
  • 4 star values: 132
  • 3 star values: 38
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 4

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

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 patties
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Lime Sour Cream:
Bean Cakes:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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 bread crumbs. Divide into 8 balls, and flatten into patties.

  • In the oven, set cooking rack about 4 inches from heat source. Set oven to broil. Lightly grease baking sheet with 1 tablespoon oil.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

219 calories; protein 9.4g; carbohydrates 31.3g; fat 6.7g; cholesterol 29.1mg; sodium 519.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
08/27/2007
Overall good recipe with a few adjustments. I read all the reviews and combined thier advice. I halved the recipe and made smaller patties 10 in all. I also added diced red pepper cilantro green chiles and chili powder. To the sour cream sauce I added red pepper and cilantro to give it a nice color. Also I found that searing the patties made them stay togther better. And don't forget to microwave the sweet potato as stated Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/20/2010
Yet another Meatless Monday. These cakes are a tad on the "sweet" side. The recipe definitely needs something else to balance out the sweetness of the yam. Read More
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336 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 152
  • 4 star values: 132
  • 3 star values: 38
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 4 stars
08/27/2007
Overall good recipe with a few adjustments. I read all the reviews and combined thier advice. I halved the recipe and made smaller patties 10 in all. I also added diced red pepper cilantro green chiles and chili powder. To the sour cream sauce I added red pepper and cilantro to give it a nice color. Also I found that searing the patties made them stay togther better. And don't forget to microwave the sweet potato as stated Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2012
This is my all-time favorite meatless recipe. DO NOT pre-cook the yams; you don't want a mushy cake. DO brown very well (just don't burn them like I keep doing); the thinner you make them the easier. It seems that the lack of flavor noted by others comes from UNDERCOOKING the patties. breadcrumbs or gluten-free breadcrumbs. For a gluten-free version I have used quinoa instead of And here is how I ADORE the sour cream topping: leave out the jalapeno add a generous sprinkling of salt and extra lime juice as well as some of the lime ZEST! and garnish with or mix in chopped cilantro. No blandness here. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/09/2005
Very very good. Try these they are worth it -- quick good and healthy. Don't skip the lime sour cream -- it goes great with the cakes. I microwaved the grated sweet potato for 1 minute before mixing in because I wasn't sure how well it cook in the broiler. Watch the time -- it did not take as long for me as it says. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/04/2008
These were good and I'll make them again. I shredded the sweet potato and made the sour cream topping the night before to save time. I followed the other suggestions and made these changes to the recipe: use 2 eggs in the bean mixture and also add to the basic recipe 1 can mild diced chilies 1 tsp chili powder 1 tsp coriander. I also used 1Tbsp jarred chopped jalapenos instead of fresh and it was really mild so I'll add more next time. I'll also add some cilantro next time. This recipe made 18 patties (golf ball size when I scooped them out) which I flattened. I had to move the oven rack to the middle because they burned otherwise and then I baked them for 7 min on one side and 4 on the other. They were good but needed more spice. Also next time I'm going to make them much thinner/flatter and add more salt & pepper (I only used 1/4 tsp of each). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2007
I brought this to a very foodie (berkeley CA) potluck party and it was the first dish gone. People loved it! I added about a 1/4c chopped red bell pepper and a small can of diced green chiles which i think was perfect. Also to the lime sour cream i added a bout a 1/2 tablespoon chopped cilantro and a couple tablespoons finely chopped red bell pepper for color. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2009
WOW! These were amazing! I made these Friday night and by Saturday afternoon they were gone! My boyfriend and sister ate them all! I made a second batch Sunday and froze them so I could have them for my lunches. I also loved the sour cream mix but my sister preferred salsa with it. I cooked them on the stove top only because the second I turn on my broiler the fire alarm goes off:( I also followed others advice and used two eggs- they were perfectly moist! Aside from that I followed the recipe exactly. I'll be making these again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/18/2008
I didn't have sweet potatoes in the house and these were still very good. I added more seasonings including chili powder and used whole wheat flour in lieu of the bread crumbs. Made a really nice healthy lunch Christina and thank you!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2009
These were a surprise hit; we loved them! The lime sour cream was the perfect accompaniment. I did not change anything and I did not precook the sweet potato and it did not need it. I will use these as an appetizer and as a main course. Kudos! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/06/2005
Really tasty healthy recipe. I did not pre-cook the sweet potatoes and they turned out fine. I made about 20 small patties and I think they turned out crispier and cooked better this way. They were enjoyed by vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike at a dinner party along with fish tacos. They're also good with melted crispy cheese on top. I thought they made good leftovers just warm in a pan the next day. You must make the cream for topping it really adds to the taste! Will definitely make these again. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/20/2010
Yet another Meatless Monday. These cakes are a tad on the "sweet" side. The recipe definitely needs something else to balance out the sweetness of the yam. Read More
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