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Baja Black Bean Cakes With Spicy Sweet Potato Sauce

The Baja Black Bean Cakes can also be served with a little Red Chile Sauce drizzled over the bean cake and then topped with a spoonful of Avocado, Black Bean, and Tomato Salsa (see recipe).

Courses: Main Course, Vegetarian
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

  Spicy Sweet Potato Sauce
2 cups 474mlCubed (1") peeled sweet potato
1/2 cup 118mlTomato juice
1/4 cup 59mlRed Chile Sauce - (see recipe)
2 tablespoons 30mlLime juice
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlGround cumin
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlCinnamon
2 tablespoons 30mlFreshly-chopped cilantro
  Salt - to taste
  Black Bean Cakes
1 can  Black beans - (15 oz) - drained, rinsed
1 teaspoon 5mlChili powder
1 teaspoon 5mlGarlic powder
1 teaspoon 5mlGround cumin
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlSalt
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlFreshly-ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon 0.6mlCayenne pepper
1 cup 146g / 5.1ozFinely-diced seeded red pepper
1/2 cup 31g / 1.1ozThinly-sliced green onion
2 tablespoons 30mlFinely-diced seeded jalapeņo pepper
3 tablespoons 45mlFreshly-chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons 30mlLime juice
1/2 cup 31g / 1.1ozUnbleached flour - divided
2 tablespoons 30mlCornmeal
1 teaspoon 5mlChili powder
  Safflower oil - as needed
  Green Chiles And Almond Cream - (see recipe)

Recipe Instructions

Begin by preparing the Spicy Sweet Potato Sauce: Place the cubed sweet potatoes in a steamer basket and steam them for 10 to 15 minutes or until tender. Allow the sweet potatoes to cool for 10 minutes.

Transfer potatoes to a food processor or blender, add the tomato juice, Red Chile Sauce, lime juice, cumin, and cinnamon, and process until smooth.

Transfer the sauce to a small saucepan, add the cilantro, season to taste with salt, and stir well to combine. Warm the sauce over low heat while preparing the Baja Black Bean Cakes.

In a medium bowl, place the black beans, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Using a potato masher or fork, roughly mash the mixture to combine. Add the red pepper, green onion, jalapeño pepper, cilantro, and lime juice, and stir well to combine.

On a plate, place 1/4 cups flour, cornmeal, and dash of chili powder, stir well to combine, and set aside. Add the remaining flour to the black bean mixture and stir well to combine. Using a 1/4-cup measuring cup, portion the mixture into 8 patties, and place them on a large plate. Chill the bean cakes for 30 minutes or more in the refrigerator.

Lightly oil a non-stick cookie sheet with a little safflower oil and set aside. Coat the chilled cakes in the reserved flour/cornmeal mixture and place them on the cookie sheet. Brush a little safflower oil on the tops of each bean cake. Bake them at 450 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp on the outside. Top individual servings of the bean cakes with some of the Spicy Sweet Potato Sauce and a dollop of the Green Chiles and Almond Cream.

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