Zesty Chipotle Black Bean Cakes

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I’ve got one more Super Bowl recipe to share with you before the Big Game. Yesterday, I posted a crowd pleasing but not so healthy recipe. Today, I’m sharing something that’s very figure friendly but still tastes amazing!

Not everyone wants to go to a Super Bowl party and feel like they’ve gained 10 pounds in 4 hours. All of the little snacks add up – chips, dips, wings, sliders, sweets – it’s easy to see why people love eating during the Super Bowl so much.

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I came up with Zesty Chipotle Black Bean Cakes as a healthy appetizer for all of you to try. If you’re thinking, “Meghan, will everyone like this?” I’d answer, “Yes! Of course!!”  All of my healthy recipes are graded very carefully by my best critic, My Husband. This is how our taste session went last evening…

Me: So what do you think?

Jim: It’s really good.

Me: It’s not girly good, right?? Like, boys would eat it?

Jim: Yeah, it’s spicy and smoky. Doesn’t taste super healthy. I like it.

Me: Sooo, would you say you like it like it?

Jim: (growing annoyed with me) I’d never say “like it like it” to anything but it’s very good and I’d eat it again.

Zesty Chipotle Black Bean Cake @ The Tasty Fork #superbowl #gameday #healthyrecipe

So there you have it. It’s not some healthy girly appetizer which will go untouched at your Super Bowl Party. My hubby hit it right on the head. Zesty Chipotle Black Bean Cakes are spicy & smokey. Lime juice and cilantro gives the cake some fresh zest. And topping each cake with guacamole & tomatoes not only looks great, but it adds a creamy texture.

These zesty cakes can be prepared a day of time and stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Form the cakes the day of and bake. Top with gauc when the party starts.

Happy Super Bowl Guilt Free eating!

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Zesty Chipotle Black Bean Cakes, makes 8 cakes

  • 1-2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed & drained
  • 2 tbsp chipotle sauce (or 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce)
  • 1 lime, halved
  • 1 egg
  • Guacamole
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil covered in cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, add 1 cup of panko bread crumbs. Set aside.
  3. In your blender or food processor, add cilantro, garlic, green onions and red pepper. Blend until finely chopped. Add black beans, chipotle sauce and juice from 1/2 of the lime. Blend until beans are coarsely chopped. (There still will be some chunks and that’s ok. You don’t want a complete paste.)
  4. Add bean mixture to panko. Add egg and mix with your hands. Add additional panko if needed. You don’t want too much liquid. Scoop about 1/4 cup of bean mixture to make cakes. Place on baking sheet. Spray the top of cakes with cooking spray. Cook for 10 minutes, flip the cakes and cook for another 10 minutes.
  5. Top cakes with guacamole and tomatoes. Cut the rest of the lime into wedges. Use as garnish or drizzles over cakes. Serve warm.

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20 Responses

  1. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    I bet these are FULL of flavor! I pinned them to try :) Thank you for sharing at last week’s week’s All My Bloggy Friends :)

    • admin says

      Thanks for pinning!

  2. Kathie says

    Show and Tell Saturday is LIVE at Sassy Little Lady! I’d love to have you come join the party!



  3. Aubrey @ Homegrown and Healthy says

    LOLOL, I love your husband’s response!

    • admin says

      OOh, I know!! It happens everyday. You’d think I learn??!!

  4. Jeni says

    The cakes look pretty and delicious!

    • admin says

      Thank you, Jeni!!

  5. kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts says

    I love your photos, and this sounds like a delicious and healthy appetizer!
    I just need to grab some chipotle . . . would Chipotle hot sauce (I have Cholula brand sitting right here) sub for Chipotle sauce?


    • admin says

      Thank you, Kirsten!! I think Cholula has awesome sauces! So give their chipotle sauce a try. It might be more potent, so go light on it and taste as you go!

  6. stephanie says

    That looks so darn delicious! This may be served tomorrow during the Superbowl! Thanks so much for sharing on Super Sweet Saturday.

  7. Favorite Finds says

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  8. Julie says

    Hi Meghan!
    Just popping by again to let you know that I will be featuring these on my Favorite Finds post tomorrow morning. :) Have a fabulous weekend!


    • admin says

      So happy you like it!!

  9. Heather @ SugarDish(Me) says

    Just so you know, I cooked too many black beans yesterday and I’m pretty sure we’re having these for dinner. Like little bitty veggie burgers!

    • admin says

      Well, doesn’t that just work out great!!! I hope you enjoy them, Heather!

  10. Julie says

    Love these! It’s nice to see some good healthy recipes, especially when they’re appetizers!

    • admin says

      Guilt free appetizer!! :)

  11. Tony @ Simple Awesome Cooking says

    Meghan, this is great. …you’re absolutely right that SB parties are overrun with cheesy, sour creamed, ranch dressed, deep fried snacks. Nice work on coming up with a fantastic looking snack!

  12. Lindsey says

    Your photos are spectacular!

    Visiting from the GYB Hop. Would love for you to visit back at toddlindsey.com!

  13. Lisa @ Wine & Glue says

    My husband would never say “like it like it” to anything either, lol. “I’d eat it again” is the highest compliment I can get :) Pinning!


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