Spicy Black Bean Cakes


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

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
8 patties


Lime Sour Cream:

  • ½ cup reduced fat sour cream

  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice

  • 1 small fresh jalapeno pepper, minced

  • salt to taste

Bean Cakes:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced

  • 6 cloves garlic, pressed

  • 2 fresh jalapeno peppers, finely diced

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed

  • salt and black pepper to taste

  • 2 cups grated raw sweet potato

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • ½ cup plain dried bread crumbs


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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 (per serving)

219 Calories
7g Fat
31g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 219
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 520mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 9mg 43%
Calcium 95mg 7%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 526mg 11%

* 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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