Black Bean Croquettes with Fresh Salsa

Black Bean Croquettes with Fresh Salsa

69 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2008

Staples like canned black beans and frozen corn transform into spicy croquettes in mere minutes. Serve with warm corn tortillas, coleslaw and lime wedges.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • ¼ cup plus ⅓ cup plain dry breadcrumbs, divided
  • 2 cups finely chopped tomatoes
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder, hot if desired, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 avocado, diced


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  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Mash black beans and cumin with a fork in a large bowl until no whole beans remain. Stir in corn and ¼ cup breadcrumbs. Combine tomatoes, scallions, cilantro, ½ teaspoon chili powder and salt in a medium bowl. Stir 1 cup of the tomato mixture into the black bean mixture.
  3. Mix the remaining ⅓ cup breadcrumbs, oil and the remaining ½ teaspoon chili powder in a small bowl until the breadcrumbs are coated with oil. Divide the bean mixture into 8 scant ½-cup balls. Lightly press each bean ball into the breadcrumb mixture, turning to coat. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake the croquettes until heated through and the breadcrumbs are golden brown, about 20 minutes. Stir avocado into the remaining tomato mixture. Serve the salsa with the croquettes.
  • Easy cleanup: Recipes that require cooking spray can leave behind a sticky residue that can be hard to clean. To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you apply the cooking spray.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2 croquettes & ½ cup salsa
  • Per serving: 404 calories; 13 g fat(2 g sat); 17 g fiber; 61 g carbohydrates; 16 g protein; 207 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 12 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1,248 IU vitamin A; 25 mg vitamin C; 127 mg calcium; 5 mg iron; 450 mg sodium; 1,161 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Folate (52% daily value), Vitamin C (42% dv), Iron (28% dv), Vitamin A (25% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 4
  • Exchanges: 3- ½ starch, 1 Vegetable, 2 Lean-meat and 1 fat

Reviews 69

July 11, 2018
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By: Olivia
Turned out pretty soggy. I ended up eating them with a hard shell taco which was good. Will be making again and adding a little more spice and maybe a little more corn. Would like to see how this would turn out in an air fryer.
February 09, 2018
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By: I love Lemons
Pretty good! I loved the salsa
August 01, 2017
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By: Rebecca Grenier
Made this with leftover black beans that already had been cooked with mexican flavors and it was a huge hit with both meat-eaters and kind-of-picky vegetarians. The croquettes seemed really soggy and barely holding their shape when I was rolling them up but crisped up perfectly in the oven. We will make this again.
April 26, 2017
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By: Katherine S.
Fantastic recipe! It's so easy and quick to make. I'll definitely be making these again!
April 06, 2017
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By: Wendy Brown ThatcherHall
This recipe was a hit! I will be making it frequently. It is easy, quick to make and delicious. 5 stars for sure.
December 08, 2016
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By: Penelope Wall
Kids tested and kid approved. Love this recipe!
August 16, 2016
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By: Sarah Stopyra
I made this recipe exactly as it was written and it was super good. I will make it again. Next time I will add more corn, more salt and some additional spices. Great idea to serve it with warm tortillas. Yum.
August 14, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Have made this several times, and it is a big hit. Easy, quick and satisfying. The kids also enjoy it as an after school healthy snack.
July 06, 2014
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By: Gordon Ketchum
very good . I was skeptical, but they were great All in all a pretty simple recipe. Needs a little more spice, but I served it over the salsa and added a piece of grilled salmon over some sauteed zucchini and yellow squash. Wow what a wonderful meal!! Pros: very good flavor and they held together nicely. Cons: next time i will add a little more spice maybe a little garlic powder
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