Spicy Bean Cakes Recipe

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Spicy Chili Bean Cakes

Just when you thought summer couldn’t get any hotter, this recipe lands in your inbox. The perfect combination of spice and tang, these chili bean cakes drizzled with lime chili sauce will be the hit of any outdoor gathering. They’re so robust with flavor and meaty texture that you might just convince a few meat-eaters to shift to a plant-based diet!


Lime Chili Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup dairy-free sour cream (plain yogurt of any type can be subbed here)
  • 2 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, minced (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • salt to taste

Bean Cakes:

  • 1 TBSP safflower or avocado oil
  • 4 medium scallions, thinly sliced
  • 6 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 fresh jalapeno pepper, finely diced (optional, can adjust amount for personal preference)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups raw sweet potato, grated
  • 1 egg or egg-substitute (Just Egg), lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup plain dried gluten-free bread crumbs


Turn on oven broiler with rack on second slot (about 4-6 inches from broiler).

Lime Topping:

  • Mix sour cream, chili powder, lime juice, minced jalapeno, and salt together in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate.

Bean cakes:

  • Heat 1 T of oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic, scallions and jalapenos until softened, about 1 minute.
  • Place beans in a large bowl and roughly mash with a fork or potato masher, leave some chunks.
  • Add the sauteed vegetables and spices (oregano, cumin, turmeric, salt and pepper).
  • Mix in sweet potatoes, egg, and bread crumbs.
  • Form 8 patties.
  • Place bean patties on baking sheet, and broil 8 to 10 minutes. Turn cakes over, and broil until crispy, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy with lime chili sauce.


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