Black Bean Croquettes with Fresh Salsa

Staples like canned dark beans and solidified corn change into zesty croquettes in simple minutes. Present with warm corn tortillas, coleslaw and lime wedges.

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Makes: 4 servings, 2 croquettes & 1/2 cup salsa each


Active Time: 25 minutes


Total Time: 45 minutes



2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed

1/4 cup plus 1/3 cup plain dry breadcrumbs, divided

2 cups finely chopped tomatoes

2 scallions, sliced

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 teaspoon chili powder, hot if desired, divided

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 avocado, diced



Preheat oven to 425°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

Mash black beans and cumin with a fork in a large bowl until no whole beans remain. Stir in corn and 1/4 cup breadcrumbs. Combine tomatoes, scallions, cilantro, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder and salt in a medium bowl. Stir 1 cup of the tomato mixture into the black bean mixture.

Mix the remaining 1/3 cup breadcrumbs, oil and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon chili powder in a small bowl until the breadcrumbs are coated with oil. Divide the bean mixture into 8 scant 1/2-cup balls. Lightly press each bean ball into the breadcrumb mixture, turning to coat. Place on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake the croquettes

until heated through and the breadcrumbs are golden brown, about 20 minutes. Stir avocado into the remaining tomato mixture. Serve the salsa with the croquettes.

Black Bean Croquettes with Fresh Salsa is a delicious and nutritious dish that you can easily prepare at home. To make the croquettes, start by mashing cooked black beans in a bowl. Add breadcrumbs, diced onions, minced garlic, chopped cilantro, and spices like cumin, paprika, and chili powder. Mix everything together and form the mixture into small patties. Pan-fry the croquettes until they are golden brown and crispy on the outside.

For the fresh salsa,(Black Bean Croquettes with Fresh Salsa)

combine diced tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, lime juice, and chopped cilantro in a separate bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve the black bean croquettes with the fresh salsa on top, along with your favorite garnishes like avocado slices or sour cream.

This dish is not only flavorful but also packed with protein and fiber from the black beans. It can be enjoyed as a vegetarian main course or served as an appetizer or snack. The combination of the crispy croquettes and the refreshing salsa creates a satisfying and healthy meal option.

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