Spicy Black Bean and Sweet Potato Cakes

These are some of our favorite appetizers!  Healthy and tasty with great texture.  And, perfect for meatless Monday!  If you’d like to watch a fun video of Jeanna making these with Roni and Carol on Nebraska TV’s Good Life morning show, follow this link.

Spicy Black Bean Cakes

Prep Time
20 mins

Cook Time
10 mins

A great mix of healthy and spice that equals a tasty appetizer or main course for Meatless Monday

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black beans, spicy, sweet potato
Servings: 4 large cakes (2 per person)


Lime Sour Cream:

  • 1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream or yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 small fresh jalapeno pepper minced
  • salt to taste

Bean Cakes:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 4 green onions thinly sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic pressed
  • 2 fresh jalapeno peppers finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans black beans (or 3 Cups), drained and rinsed
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups grated raw sweet potato
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup plain dried bread crumbs
  • Optional diced Red pepper for color and crunch


1.To prepare lime sour cream, mix the sour cream, lime juice, 1 small minced jalapeno, and salt together in a small bowl. Cover, and refrigerate.

2.Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Cook green onions until softened, about 1 minute. Stir in garlic, 2 diced jalapenos, and cumin; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.*

3.Transfer contents of skillet to a large bowl. Stir in black beans, and mash with a fork. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix in sweet potatoes, egg, and bread crumbs. **
4.Divide into 8 balls and flatten into patties. (or make 24 small for appetizers).
5.In the oven, set cooking rack about 4 inches from heat source. Set oven to broil. Lightly grease baking sheet or place on parchment or silpat. Place bean patties on baking sheet, and broil 8 to 10 minutes. Turn cakes over, and broil until crispy, about 3

6.Serve with lime sour cream

Recipe Notes

*Cooking ingredients helps soften vegetables and incorporates flavors, but can be optional if in a hurry
**I use the food processor to pulse bean then use it to grate sweet potato into same bowl, add other ingredients and pulse to combine
*** I bake @ 375 for about 5 mins on each side and finish off under broiler.