Black Bean Cakes

Quick easy recipe that can be served on a plate, wrapped in lettuce or a tortilla, on a bun or make them teeny tiny mini cakes and serve them on top of a tortilla chip!  You get the idea.  How will you serve up your black bean cakes?

Black Bean Cakes  ©Diane Eblin

Black Bean Cakes ©Diane Eblin


1 can organic black beans rinsed or 1 ½ cup cooked beans from dried
¼ -½ red onion diced
¼ -½ white onion diced
½ anaheim pepper diced
1 small red or orange pepper diced
Handful fresh cilantro chopped
Sea Salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp epazote
1 tsp ground chipotle
1 TB tapioca flour to mix into cakes

Tapioca flour to coat patties.

Virgin coconut oil mixed with extra virgin olive oil

You can substitute cornstarch for Tapioca flour.


Mash beans in bowl with fork or in food processor.  Mix in remaining ingredients.  Form into mini patties.  Dust with cornstarch.   Cook up in pan on medium high with oil until brown on both sides.  Makes 16 black bean cakes.  I have found through trial and error that these come out the best if I make minis.  You can make larger sized cakes but they can sometimes fall apart if you cook them on too high a heat and don’t let them crisp up.  Mini’s are just more fun!

Serve with guacamole, salsa, tomatillo salsa and sour cream (if eating dairy).  Tastes great paired with Mini Tomatillo Chicken Burgers.

Mini Tomatillo Chicken Burgers ©Diane Eblin

Mini Tomatillo Chicken Burgers ©Diane Eblin

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10 Responses to Black Bean Cakes

  1. Kim April 14, 2009 at 11:48 am #

    YUM! Those look really good!

  2. mb April 14, 2009 at 4:48 pm #

    Wow – you are a blogging fiend! Nice job.

  3. Diane Eblin April 19, 2009 at 6:59 pm #

    Kim and mb- thanks for the comments. Trying to get some recipes up that I've had other places. Trying to get organized to move. Not sure I'll ever get it all done. Thanks for the comments.

  4. Linda June 26, 2010 at 6:34 pm #

    Been cakes/burgers seem to be pretty popular. Yours looks good.

    • Diane June 28, 2010 at 5:45 pm #

      Linda- thank you. I love the cheap cost too!

  5. Jennifer March 1, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    Do you think these would be good in a lunch box for a kids school lunch? I am searching for lunch ideas for my 8 year old daughter.

    • Diane Eblin March 3, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

      Jennifer how great you are looking for good things to put into your daughter's lunch. I've never eaten these cold so I would try that first at home to see how that goes over. If yes then go for it. It's so funny you would ask about these as I was just craving them again and put them on my menu this week. Please let me know how you like them cold. Sometimes for me eating something cold needs a little dip to accompany it or spread on it. I could see these wrapped in lettuce with a little hummus with spices she likes or a little sour cream, vegan or dairy, to dip into. Can't wait to hear back from you.


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