Black Bean Patties



This Mexican inspired black bean patties recipe I make from time to time for a quick meal you can serve with a side salad. Make sure to top off with a dollop of the homemade cilantro cream listed below.

(To make the patties)

¾ cup of fine yellow cornmeal

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon of unseasoned breadcrumbs

2 cups of 2 % milk

2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons of light olive oil

1 large red bell pepper, chopped

3 cloves of minced garlic

2 teaspoons of crushed red pepper

1 large red onion, diced

2 teaspoons of chili powder

1 teaspoon of Mexican oregano

¼ teaspoon of ground cumin

½ teaspoon of kosher salt

1 15-ounce can of black beans, undrained

1 cup of shredded jalapeno cheese

(Cilantro Cream)

¾ cup of low fat sour cream

¼ cup of chopped fresh cilantro

Juice of 1 fresh lime

1 teaspoon of lime zest

In a saucepan, add in the cornmeal and gradually add the milk making sure to constantly stir with a wooden spoon or whisk. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low setting. Cover and cook the cornmeal mixture for about five minutes. Turn the heat down to low to keep warm.

In a large pan over medium high heat, add the 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Add the red onion, red bell pepper, crushed red pepper, chili powder, Mexican oregano, cumin and kosher salt. Cook for another 8-10 minutes until the onions are soft. Add in the black beans and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.

In a large bowl, add the cooked bean mixture along with the cooked cornmeal and breadcrumbs.

Take 1 cup of bean mixture into a blender or food processor until it becomes smooth. Add the pureed mixture back into the bowl. Sprinkle in the 1 cup of jalapeno cheese.

Divide the bean mixture into 8 equal portions about 4 inches for each bean patty.

Using a nonstick pan, add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil on medium high heat. When hot, add four patties and cook for about four minutes on each side. Repeat the procedure with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Serve the bean patties warm with a dollop of the cilantro cream.

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