refried bean cakes

★★★★★ 1 Review
Stripey avatar
By Linda Dalton
from Coconut Creek, FL

I adapted this dish from a Cooking Light recipe for black bean cakes. It packs a nice, spicy punch and can be made in about 30 minutes. Plus I've included a recipe for leftovers, that just might be better than the original.

★★★★★ 1 Review
serves 4
prep time 20 Min
cook time 5 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For refried bean cakes

  • 1
    large egg lightly beaten
  • 1
    16 oz can refried beans- i use old el paso fat free
  • 3/4 c
    panko bread crumbs, divided
  • 1/4 c
    finely chopped scallions
  • 2 Tbsp
    chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3/4 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 clove
    garlic, grated
  • canola oil for frying
  • pico de gallo for garnish

How To Make refried bean cakes

  • 1
    In large bowl combine all ingredients except canola oil and mix well. If the mixture seems a little loose, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 10 minutes.
  • 2
    Separate bean mixture into 4 portions and shape each portion into a 3/4 inch patty (it is a rather loose mixture, not like sturdy burgers). Dredge each patty in remaining panko and get ready for a quick saute.
  • 3
    In large non stick skillet add 1-2 T canola oil and heat on medium. Add patties and cook 3 minutes on each side. Remove from skillet and serve with fried eggs and a salad, or salsa, sour cream and some spicy sriracha sauce.
  • 4
    If you have any cooked cakes leftover, make a spicy corn tortilla melt the next day. It's quick and delish. For each melt, take 2 corn tortillas (I use the 6 inch) and spread equal amounts of low fat mayo and srirscha sauce on inner side of each tortilla.
  • 5
    Sprinkle a T or 2 of low fat cheese over the mayo mixture.
  • 6
    Cover the cheese with a bean cake topped with pico de gallo. Top the patty with a little more cheese. Cover with second tortilla (mayo/sricha side down) and press down lightly so the bean patty will spread to almost the size of your tortilla.
  • 7
    Spray cooking pan with PAM or similar product, heat burner to medium and add tortilla sandwich to the heated pan. Cook about 3 minutes on one side, and right before you're ready to flip the tortilla, spray top with a little more PAM. Flip and cook another 2 or 3 minutes. Let cool a bit and serve with anything your little heart desires.