Pinto Bean Cakes with Salsa and Sour Cream use convenient, thrifty, and nutritious dried beans for a southwest style appetizer perfect for a tailgate party.
If there's one event food bloggers get excited about, it's the Super Bowl. Everyone is posting their recipes this week in preparation for the big game. And, of course, I'm doing the same.
The PInto Bean Cakes recipe I'm sharing with you today uses fantastic dried beans from the N. K. Hurst Company. I can't say enough good things about dried beans.
Dried Beans are a Healthy Pantry Staple
First, they're beautiful! The colors are gorgeous. I love to put them in glass jars and add them to my pantry just so I can look at them.
Besides being pretty, they're convenient (long storage life), thrifty (about ⅓ the price of canned), and nutritious (full of fiber and protein). Plus, they're easy to cook. Yes, I said easy.
You'll Even Have Leftovers!
I cooked a whole pot of pintos to get started with this recipe but, since it uses only two cups of beans, it would be perfect for leftovers. My in-house taste tester (a.k.a. BeeBop) gave this one two thumbs up. It's most definitely football food. Just pair it with your favorite beverage and you'll be all set.
BeeBop said it also reminded him in a way of our favorite southern style lacy cornbread. Now, trust me...that's a recommendation!
How to Make Pinto Bean Cakes with Salsa and Sour Cream
Start Making Pinto Bean Cakes by Cooking the Beans
Start by cooking the beans. The package of Hurst's Hambeens® Pinto Beans has a packet of ham seasoning inside. Remove the packet and set it aside until later in the recipe.
Look over the beans and remove any that are broken or shriveled along with any debris you may find. Honestly, I hardly ever find any bad beans or debris in Hurst's beans. Maybe one or two broken beans and that's about it. They're pretty darned clean, but they are a raw agricultural product so, just to be safe, check them over.
Rinse the dry beans and put them in a large pot. Cover the beans with water at least two inches deeper than the height of the beans. Bring them to a rapid boil the remove them from the heat and let the pot stand for one hour.
After one hour, add the onion and black pepper and continue cooking in the same water for an additional hour. Add more water during the cooking time only if needed. When the beans are nearly tender, add the ham seasoning packet and salt. Let the beans cool to room temperature or refrigerate overnight before continuing with the recipe.
See? Cooking dried beans is so easy! Up until now you've had hands-on of, maybe, a total of 10 minutes if that.
Mash the Beans
Put the cooled, drained beans in a large mixing bowl. Mash the beans thoroughly using a potato masher, fork, or in a blender or food processor.
I'm going to let you in on something you never knew about me - I rarely use kitchen machines. I almost always prefer to do things by hand. I own a top of the line Cuisinart food processor. I've had it for over a year and have used it exactly twice. Both times to grate a large amount of cheese. There's just something about the noise. I have a fabulous KitchenAid stand mixer. I still reach for a whisk to beat egg whites. Yes, I know...I'm weird.
Mix the Mashed Beans with the Other Ingredients
Anyway, once you have your beans all nicely mashed, add the red and yellow bell pepper, green onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt, pepper, flour, and egg. Stir everything together until thoroughly combined. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes while you heat the oil.
Fry the Pinto Bean Cakes
Heat about 3 tablespoons of peanut oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Drop the bean mixture by tablespoonfuls into the hot oil. Press very gently to just slightly flatten the bean cake. Fry for 3-4 minutes on the first side or until golden brown. Do not try to turn the bean cake until the underside is very nicely golden brown.
Flip the cakes over and fry the second side for about 3 more minutes or until browned. Remove the cakes to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Repeat until all the bean mixture is used. Add additional oil between batches if needed.
Top with Sour Cream and Salsa
Top the cakes with a small dollop of sour cream, a tiny bit of salsa, and a bit of grated cheddar cheese and cilantro.
More Bean Recipes on Never Enough Thyme:
- BBQ Beans
- Red Beans and Rice
- Black & White Bean Soup
- Great Northern Beans with Tomatoes
- Pinto Beans with Fresh Tomato Relish
Bean Appetizer Recipes from Other Bloggers:
- Roasted Lemon and White Bean Hummus from Simply Scratch
- 7 Layer Bean Dip from Yum Sugar
- Santiago Salsa (Beans and Rice Dip) from The Kitchn
- Black Bean and Corn Wonton Cups from Betty Crocker
- Lemony White Bean Bruschetta from Good Housekeeping
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Pinto Bean Cakes with Salsa and Sour Cream
For the beans:
- 1 20 oz. package Hurst’s HamBeens® Pinto Beans with Ham Flavor
- 6-8 cups water
- 1 cup diced onion
- ¼ tsp. black pepper
- 2 tsp. salt
For the pinto bean cakes:
- 2 cups cooled and well drained pinto beans
- ¼ cup finely diced red bell pepper
- ¼ cup finely diced yellow bell pepper
- ¼ cup diced green onion
- 1 tbsp minced cilantro
- ½ tsp. lime juice
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. black pepper
- 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- ½ cup peanut oil (for frying) , use more or less as needed
For the garnish:
- 20 tsp sour cream
- 20 tsp salsa
- 20 tsp grated sharp cheddar cheese
- Set aside the ham seasoning packet included with the beans for use later. Rinse the dry beans under cool water and remove any debris, if necessary. Place the beans in a large pot and cover with water at least two inches above the height of the beans. Bring to a rapid boil. Remove from heat and let stand for one hour.
- After one hour, add onion and pepper and continue cooking in the same water for an additional hour. Add additional water during the cooking time only if needed. Cook until beans are tender. Near the end of the cooking time, add the ham seasoning packet and salt. Let the beans cool to room temperature or refrigerate overnight before continuing with the recipe.
- Place the cooled, drained beans in a large mixing bowl. Mash the beans thoroughly using a potato masher, fork, or in a blender or food processor. Add the red and yellow bell pepper, green onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt, pepper, flour, and egg. Stir together until thoroughly combined. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes while you heat the oil.
- Place about 3 tablespoons of peanut oil in a non-stick skillet and heat the oil over medium-high heat. Drop the bean mixture by tablespoonfuls into the hot oil. Press gently to slightly flatten the bean cake. Fry for 3-4 minutes on the first side or until golden brown. Do not try to turn the bean cake until the first side is very nicely golden brown. Flip the cakes over and fry the second side for about 3 more minutes or until browned.
- Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Repeat until all the bean mixture is used. Add additional oil if needed.
- Top the cakes with a small dollop of sour cream, a tiny bit of salsa, and a bit of grated cheddar cheese and cilantro.
Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.
This post sponsored by the N. K. Hurst Co.
Lana Stuart is the cook and occasional traveler here at Never Enough Thyme. Lana has been cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove and started this blog in 2009 to share her delicious home cooking recipes. You'll find about 700 recipes here so there's sure to be something your family will like!
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