Black Bean Cake Recipe

Our college dining hall at Furman, fondly referred to as the "DH," put out a few well-known specialties.

Chicken Finger Tuesday, Quesadilla Thursday, and oh my gracious, those black bean cakes!

The black bean cakes had a cult following.  And recently I asked my friends on Facebook how they might go about recreating the sauce that accompanied said black bean cakes.

Thirty-two comments later from college girlfriends, I was just about ready to give it a try.  Combined with a basic recipe outline from Natalie at Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers, here's what I came up with.

Black Bean Cakes
1 can black beans, rinsed
1/4 cup diced white onion
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
1 Tbsp. taco seasoning

Add all ingredients in a bowl, smashing black beans with a fork and mixing until combined.  When mixed together completely, shape into balls and then flatten.  Put on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 20 minutes.

Warm a grill pan on medium heat, and cook each side until it gets firm and warmed through.

Black Bean Cake Sauce
1 part sour cream
1 part red salsa
Taco seasoning to taste

Make at least 20 minutes in advance to let flavors combine together.

I thought that grilled avocados (which I just broiled this evening) would be the perfect accompaniment.  I poked the avocado half with a fork, squeezed on lime juice, topped with a few shakes of Texas Pete, and then covered with Mexican cheese and a little Parmesan cheese too. 

It was a beautiful plate!

Next time I will make these changes:
*Add garlic to the black bean patties
*If I've eaten healthy recently, try pan-frying them in a little olive oil rather than just using the grill pan and a little non-stick spray
*Lessen the amount of taco seasoning in the sauce -- it was a little too spicy for me
*Add lime juice to the sauce for an extra little zing

All in all, my recreation of the DH's black bean cakes was a success!  I love eating a vegetarian meal when I can, and this one definitely tasted like a treat.


  1. April- I love your blog and as a fellow Furman grad- of course I love black bean cakes! So glad you posted this recipe!

  2. Yum, I'm so glad you wasted no time in posting this. It will be making an appearance this week in the Chalk household! :)

  3. Your fried fish tacos are on the menu for this week... I think these black bean cakes will be for next week!

  4. Those look and sound awesome! I'm going to try them for sure! Thanks for posting. xo

  5. 1. I have to try these.
    2. You went to Furman University in SC? My sister is applying there and its her top choice. I had never heard of it when I went to school but she is so in love!

  6. Wow...that looks amazing!! Can't wait to try everything.



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