Look at this fiesta on a plate!
Doesn't it look delicioso?
I absolutely love Mexican themed food,
and I'm telling you, all this meal needed was a margarita to make it PERFECT!
The salad was like a taco in a bowl and the black bean cakes were spicy awesomness!
MARTHA you are a genious! I know you know that...but just a reminder!
I mean come on, sweet potatoes in black bean cakes, who thinks of that??
I halved the recipe, and immediately after tasting the first one, wished I hadn't.
The dipping sauce is great also, its a spicy sour cream, don't skip it...so good!
Try these together as a meal or separately would be alright also.
And if you love spicy black beans formed into smooshy "cakes" as much as I do,
Bean, Corn, and Tortilla Salad
1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 package (10oz) frozen corn
1/4 cup salsa
1 bunch scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
3 plum tomatoes, sliced into thick rounds
1 package romaine hearts, cut into bite size pieces
3 cups broken tortilla chips
1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and cut into cubes
3/4 cup coarsely grated pepper jack cheese
Remove from heat. Stir in scallions and tomatoes and season with S&P.
In a large bowl toss together romaine and chips. Divide evenly among four bowls; top with bean mixture, avocado, and cheese.
Serves 4 as a main course.
Spicy Black Bean Cakes
2 T olive oil
4 scallions, thinly sliced
6 garlic cloves, pressed
1-2 jalapeno chiles, finely chopped (ribs and seeds removed for less heat if desired)
1 T ground cumin
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 large sweet potato, peeled and coarsely grated
1 large egg lightly beaten
1/2 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
lime sour cream for serving (recipe below)
Heat broiler. In a small skillet over med heat, warm 1 T oil and cook scallions until softened, 1 minute. Add garlic and jalapeno and cumin; cook until fragrant 30 seconds. Transfer to large bowl.
Add beans to the bowl; mash with a fork or a potato masher, leaving about 1/4 of beans whole. Season generously with S&P. Fold in the sweet potato, egg, and breadcrumbs. Divide into 8 balls of equal size; flatten into patties.
Brush baking sheet with remaining 1 T oil; place patties on the sheet 1/2 in apart. Broil 4 in away from heat until golden brown , 8-10 min. With a thin metal spatula carefully turn cakes. Broil until crisp, 2-3 min more. Serve with lime sour cream.
Lime Sour Cream
1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream
2 tsp fresh lime juice
1 small jalapeno chile, minced (ribs and seeds removed if desired)
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and season with salt.