Spicy black bean and sweet potato cakes

Spicy black bean and sweet potato cakes


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About this recipe: Black beans and sweet potatoes are spiced with chillies, cumin and garlic, then grilled in the oven for a great vegetarian main or starter. They taste fresh and delicious with a lime and soured cream dressing.


Serves: 8 

  • Lime Soured Cream
  • 100ml (4 fl oz) light soured cream
  • 1 dessertspoon lime juice
  • 1 small green chilli, minced
  • salt to taste
  • Bean Cakes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 green chillies, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 (400g) tins black beans, drained and rinsed
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 250g (9 oz) grated raw sweet potato
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 4 tablespoons dried breadcrumbs

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:35min 

  1. To prepare lime soured cream, mix the soured cream, lime juice, green chilli and salt together in a small bowl. Cover, and refrigerate.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a small frying pan over medium heat. Cook spring onions until softened, about 1 minute. Stir in garlic, chillies and cumin; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Transfer contents of frying pan to a large bowl. Stir in black beans, and mash with a fork. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix in sweet potato, egg and breadcrumbs. Divide into 8 balls, and flatten into patties.
  4. In the oven, set cooking rack about 4 inches from heat source. Preheat grill. Lightly grease baking tray with 1 tablespoon oil.
  5. Place bean patties on baking tray, and grill 8 to 10 minutes. Turn cakes over, and grill until crispy, about 3 minutes more. Serve with lime soured cream.

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Reviews (8)


I left out the lime soured cream and the egg to make it vegan-friendly (yes, the cakes did end up a bit crumbly...) but they still turned out delicious! I think this would also be nice with grated courgette in place of the sweet potato, so I might try that next time - 06 Jun 2012


Excellent and seems fairly healthy. Got the black beans from Caribbean section at asda but black eye beans work ok too. I used lime zest too (might as well) in soured cream. - 08 Oct 2016


Didn't make the sour cream but had some chili mayo which went well! Are these freezable? - 18 Jul 2015

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