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Pinto Bean Cakes with Salsa
From: Karen C. Greenlee

Serving Size: 4

  • 1 1/2 tb Salad oil
  • 1 sm Onion -- finely chopped
  • 1/4 c Red bell pepper - (finely chopped)
  • 2 Garlic cloves -- minced
  • 1 md Fresh jalapeno chili - seeded & finely chopped
  • 2 cn Pinto beans (15 oz each) - drained & rinsed
  • 1/8 ts Liquid smoke
  • 1/4 c Chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 ts Ground cumin
  • 1/4 ts Pepper
  • 1/3 c Yellow cornmeal
  • Cooking spray (optional)
  • 1 c Tomato-based salsa - homemade or purchased
In a 12- to 14-inch nonstick frying pan over medium heat, combine 1 1/2 teaspoons of the oil with the onion, bell pepper, garlic and chili.
Stir often until onion is limp but not browned, about 5 minutes.

In a bowl, coarsely mash beans with a potato masher until they stick together.
Stir in onion mixture, liquid smoke, cilantro, cumin, and pepper, mixing well.

Spread cornmeal on a sheet of waxed paper.
When bean mixture is cool to touch, divide into 8 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch thick cake.
Coat cakes with cornmeal.

Return the frying pan to medium-high heat.
Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil.
When oil is hot, add cakes and brown lightly, 8 to 10 minutes; turn cakes over once.
Coat pan with cooking oil spray if cakes start to stick.
Serve cakes with salsa to add to taste.

Per serving: 209 cal. (26 percent fat, 57 percent carbo., 17 percent protein); 9 g protein; 6 g fat (1 g sat.); 30 g carbo.; 615 mg sodium; 0 mg chol.