Staples like canned black beans and frozen corn transform into spicy croquettes in mere minutes. Serve with warm corn tortillas, coleslaw and lime wedges. Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2008

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

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  • Mash black beans and cumin with a fork in a large bowl until no whole beans remain. Stir in corn and 1/4 cup breadcrumbs. Combine tomatoes, scallions, cilantro, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder and salt in a medium bowl. Stir 1 cup of the tomato mixture into the black bean mixture.

  • Mix the remaining 1/3 cup breadcrumbs, oil and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon chili powder in a small bowl until the breadcrumbs are coated with oil. Divide the bean mixture into 8 scant 1/2-cup balls. Lightly press each bean ball into the breadcrumb mixture, turning to coat. Place on the prepared baking sheet.

  • 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.

Tips

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 Facts

405 calories; total fat 12.9g 20% DV; saturated fat 2g; cholesterolmg; sodium 450mg 18% DV; potassium 1161mg 33% DV; carbohydrates 61.3g 20% DV; fiber 17.2g 69% DV; sugar 12g; protein 15.8g 32% DV; exchange other carbs 4; vitamin a iu 1248IU; vitamin c 25mg; folate 207mcg; calcium 127mg; iron 5mg; magnesium 45mg; thiaminmg.

Reviews (69)

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70 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 56
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 3 stars
07/11/2018
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2018
Pretty good! I loved the salsa Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2017
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2017
Fantastic recipe! It's so easy and quick to make. I'll definitely be making these again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2017
This recipe was a hit! I will be making it frequently. It is easy quick to make and delicious. 5 stars for sure. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2016
Kids tested and kid approved. Love this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/24/2016
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. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/14/2014
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. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/06/2014
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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2014
Wow are these good! I thoroughly enjoyed these. Thank you!!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/04/2014
Surprisingly Good This is a delicious alternative if you just want a meat break. it is very healthy and the flavor was great. I didn't adjust anything other than the fact I didn't add the extra salt. WIth cayenne pepper and bread crumbs that was enough salt for me. Pros: healthy tasty easy to make Cons: nothing Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2014
Excellent and Easy I love black beans and saved this recipe but never got around to making it. I wish I hadn't waited so long. It is excellent and easy to make. I make my own gluten free bread crumbs so they are slightly larger than the store bought kind which added more crunchiness. I have already passed this recipe on to others. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2013
Adding this to the weekly rotation This was absolutely delicious. I adjusted the recipe a bit. I put the beans 1 clove garlic and a small onion in the food processor to mash it all up. Instead of breadcrumbs I used rolled oats. I stuck with the recommended seasoning and skipped the oil. They didn't come out as dense as the picture but that was expected since I replaced the breadcrumbs with oats. I cooked them as advised and they were delicious. This will be a weekly meal going forward. Pros: Quick inexpensive and tasty Cons: Can't think of one Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/08/2013
Filling and Flavorful Very tasty quick and fairly cheap to make. I ended up having to add extra bread crumbs to the mix in order to keep them from spreading out once on a cookie sheet. I served with some lime/cilantro rice and fresh guacamole. Got rave reviews and will definitely be making these again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2013
I made this for my husbands birthday dinner and the family loved them. I did add the juice and zest of a lime did not use the oil in any part of the recipe and they were perfect. I am going to make them and try them as a burger in a bun! I bought fresh salsa from the market and added chopped avocado. This is a wonderful combination of textures and flavours. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2013
Great meatless supper I had already used my food processor to make the breadcrumbs so it was a no-brainer to mash up the beans in the food processor too. I did need to double the amount of breadcrumbs for the final step (rolling). It would be a real time saver to use canned tomatoes but I used fresh. I would definitely make this one again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2012
Even my kids loved it! My entire family loved this meal! it was easy to make and reheated well the next day for lunch. Of course I changed it up a bit - used a bit more corn tomatoes & cilantro added lime juice & zest to both bowls added garlic diced jalapeno & diced red onion to bean mixture and served with mexican crema. Also substituted seasoned panko for the plain breadcrumbs. It was surprisingly delicious! Pros: Easy to make great vegetarian meal! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2012
Super tasty vegetarian dish even skeptics loved I made this last night for my family and it turned out wonderful! I added 2 large cloves of garlic a jalapeno pepper and the juice from 1/2 lime to the tomato mix. I also went heavy on the chili powder because I prefer spicy food. I had no problems with the croquettes holding their shape or running out of bread crumbs. Can't wait to do this again in the summer with fresh corn and veggies and I'll probably use dry beans as opposed to canned. I used both cans of black beans and didn't have any of the problems others had mentioned. I also used a cuisinart to smash the beans much faster! Cons: Needs garlic Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/03/2011
Great Vegetarian Option This was really easy to make tastes great and is very healthy. I added garlic roasts while in the oven so adds a great flavor. I also added jalepenos for a bit of extra spice adds a nice dimension to the texture as well. I will definitely be making this for a potluck. Pros: Very easy tastes great! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/13/2011
rave reviews from all who tried I made this for the first time for guests and it got rave reviews. I was surprised at how delicious it was myself. I did make some changes to suit my own tastes along with some recommendations from previous reviewers. I used 1 can of beans instead of 2 petite diced canned tomatoes instead of fresh and didn't use either chili powder or cilantro. I also used seasoned breadcrumbs instead of plain and did not add EVOO to the breadcrumbs. They held their shape well and were delicious. I will definitely make this again as it was very easy. The only annoying part was mashing the beans with a fork; very tedious. The salsa was amazing and I was sad to see that there was so little left over. I will definitely make it again but increase the salsa. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
These are a great vegetarian meal. I can't get them to stay in balls like that picture though they always flatten out when I cook them. I had these and some of the barbecue pulled chicken left over one night and made burritos with them and it was fantastic! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
The taste was wonderful but I am confused. Mine were definitely not dry and I did seed my tomatoes. They were not firm enough. Kinda like forming refried beans into balls and heating them. Shouldn't croquettes be breadier? Rina Springfield VA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made it for my fiance and I last night and it was great normally we don't have vegetarian dinners but both of us really enjoyed it and had it for lunch the next day as leftovers. Cat Clovis CA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
These were very good and as someone else mentioned no complaints (just accolades!)from my "no meat is not a meal" husband! One thing is that when breading I ran out of breadcrumbs so I think you need more than 1/3 cup. I'd rather throw some out than run out. And I didn't find these either too moist or dry (and the corn didn't dry out) but I seeded my tomatoes. Kate Boston MA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was delicious!!! I added in some onions as well and the overall flavor and consistency was fantastic. I baked them in the toaster oven and they came out just fine. The first few that I took off the baking tray lost their round croquette shape but once they sat a few minutes they were able to maintain their shape. HT Centreville VA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Big hit! I added red onion jalapenos and lime juice to the salsa but eliminated the avocado(made guacamole instead). It is definitly a keeper. cincity55 Austin TX Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
The salsa was amazing but the croquettes were bland. I didn't put in chili powder because I don't like spicy. What can I replace it with? Joanna Arlington VA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
It was good a bit moisted i think that if i use just the outer parts of the tomato next time it will be better. it cracked at the sides but all in all it was good everyone liked it nice taste chilli taste ajc Hastings FL Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
These were absolutely amazing! I made them for myself (being a vegetarian) but the whole family loved them just as much. Emmy Allentown PA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Nothing spectacular. I thought the croquettes where a little dry. Gretchen Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My family really enjoyed these. They were easy and tasty though I felt they came out a bit dry for some reason. I didn't overbake them so I think I would cut back on the bread crumbs next time or make fresh ones so that the consistency would be better. Great vegetarian meal! Terese High Point NC Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My family who hates when I add a no meat night once a week asked for seconds. It's now on regular rotation. Teri Gridley CA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Absolutely the best. Easy to make my husband didn't even notice it was a meatless meal. This recipe is a real keeper! Barbara Raleigh NC Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I have had gastric lap band surgery and cannot eat some meats so this was a wonderful way to get protein and iron into my diet. This will be a regular quick meal in our house. My daughter is a Vegan and I'm sure she'd love it too. Is there a way to e-mail recipes from here? Enjoy! Liz Winchester Va Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I don't think I will ever make this recipe again. I did not care for the flavors and thought the oil and breadcrumbs added an unnecessary step and did not add much flavor just fat grams. We winded up mushing the croquettes into tortillas and making "bean" burritos out of them. poconomom Amarillo TX Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My husband and I loved this dish. I used fresh whole wheat bread crumbs which worked really well. The salsa is especially tasty and very simple to make! AR Hamden CT Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Another great recipe. Although we found the corn to dry out a bit. Flavor was wonderful. Anonymous Long Beach CA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
What a delightful cacophony of flavor. I did the Mexican Coleslaw with it and served with warmed corn tortillas. Squeezing the wedges of lime on the croquettes added another layer to the complexity of the flavor symphony. Jeff Steely Campbelltown PA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Amazing! One of their best recipes yet! I will definitely add this to my weekly menu. The croquettes are fantastic by themselves the salsa just makes them that much more delicious! Anonymous Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made this 2 nights ago for my dinner group and using my food processor really cut down on prep time! I first used the processor to chop the tomatoes then without rinsing the bowl used it for mashing the black beans. I made the recipe as directed otherwise and it was delicious! I expect that it could be frozen for future meals but I am unsure how to do that. Suggestions? Sue Burlington VT Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
So I'm a bit biased in that I've had success with most Eatingwell recipes however this one was a standout! I used fresh tomatoes and didn't run into the problem of them being too mushy. The fresh salsa is the best way to have them as they really add to the dish. Great recipe- and different too! Austin Foodie Austin TX Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Very tasty and super easy. I will make this again. One warning is that the mixture was quite soft and difficult to roll into balls without a big mess but this may be because it was too wet due to using canned tomatoes (they were drained but I didn't press out the liquid). Stacey Bridgewater NJ Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I thought these were great.... no problems..... Although the fiber and protein are high I still substituted 1/4 C TVP(textured vegetable protein)and then used the 1/3C breadcrumbs........... My husband really liked them and (thanks to fiber etc.) was not hungry later and would like to have them in future. Yea! L. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
We really enjoyed these and they also froze well. We like spicy foods so next time I plan on adding a jalapeno to the recipe or using chipolte chili powder. I didn't have enough of the breadcrumb mixture but that was an easy fix. Will make these again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
these were only average in my opinion. i did find them dry but i think that was because they were over cooked. i also didnt find them spicy at all. i will make them again and add much more chili powder and maybe a chopped chili into the bean mix. i did like that they were so cheap and easy to make a real store cupboard meal and they did come out nice and crispy and kept the round shape. i will make them again but with a few changes. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Loved these! I didn't have to cans of black beans so I used one black and one can of white beans. My family loved the flavor combinations and they tasted so healthy and satisfying. I will definitely make these again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
The salsa was delicious!!! Very fresh and tasty. The croquettes were bland. I added more chile powder than called for but apparently not enough. DH and I put it all in a flour tortilla and it was edible but I won't be making again. (except the salsa!) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
These are awesome! I had no problem with them keeping their shape- they come out round and delicious! A wonderful quick meal and it even reheats well for lunch the next day. Ever since I first tried them I have them at least once every two weeks! Definitely a must try! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
These were fabulous. I prefer to make them more like a patty so that I can use the leftovers on a hamburger bun as a Mexiburger with smashed avocados and the pico de gallo on top of the patty. One thing that surprises me is that Eating Well continues to publish recipes with canned food items. Given the recent bad press about Bisphenol A (BPA) which is highly suspect in contributing to obesity and other serious medical problems in humans. Instead of canned beans boil up a pot of your own dried beans and freeze in 2-cup portions. Just make sure the beans are "refrigerator cold" if you are using freezer bags before portioning out and freezing. Hot foods and plastics are a no-no. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
These turned out great! I added a diced jalapeno to the salsa used a combination of chipotle cayenne and regular chili powder (and more than called for) and replaced the salt with adobo seasoning. I also squeezed a fresh lime over the whole thing before serving which added some extra flavor. The salsa was great I will definitely be making it on it's own. I didn't have any trouble with these keeping their shape. My meat-eating husband loved them too! This recipe is a keeper! Brittany Philadelphia PA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
To make this a Gluten Free recipe use your own breadcrumbs from the gluten free bread that you use. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
After reading the comments on these I also added some extra spices to the mixture to avoid the bland flavor. I added extra chili powder extra cumin and adobo seasoning. I also added some salt to the mixture. My croquettes did flatten out a bit while cooking but mostly held their shape. They were flavorful and moist. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
These were great. I would add a little onion and jalapeno next time around. I pre-make my beans so I just grabbed them out of the freezer and thawed. I didn't have enough black bean or I combine the rest in red kidney beans. I had problem with moistness. I would say my only reason for a little blandness was that my fresh cilantro was fried so I had to use dried. Lots and lots of fresh cilantro is the best for my tastes! Again the addition of jalapeno and onion in both the croquettes and the salsa would be nice. I too squeezed a lime over everything before serving. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I accidentally used only one can of beans for this recipe and it came out perfectly. I think two cans of beans would make these croquettes very bland and will probably stick to making it with only one can of beans. I added garlic a bit of salt and some minced jalapeno to the salsa to add a bit more flavor. Very tasty and great for a quick dinner when I absolutely don't want to have to do any grocery shopping! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I prepared the beans the night before and stored them in the refrigerator. I prepared and added the tomato mix on the day I served the croquettes. I added more chili and a dash of cayenne and they were still pretty mild. I didn't have avocado so I substituted some guacamole. It was a truly satisfying and delicious meal. I'll definitely make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Not my favorite recipe. It was pretty dry. I did drizzle lime juice on them and they got a little more moist but they still weren't great. Maybe if I used fresh breadcrumbs rather than dry ones they would taste better. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I have made something similar to this....I saute onion and garlic with a little bit of BBQ sauce (sweet baby 's my fave) then add corn and black beans blend up a little then add toasted walnuts and bread crumbs. broil n eat Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
These have become a huge staple in our house. I increased the spices and added some chopped jalapeno. My son thinks they're better than anything he's had at a restaurant. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
We made this and it was delicious! Heeded the other comments and used only one can of beans. Added lots of veggies- jalapenos garlic onions tomatoes and corn. One little tip-- we used Shake'n'Bake "Hot & Spicy" crumbs instead of regular breadcrumbs and it was a very flavorful addition! Give this a try!:) -Ariel & Jon Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This recipe is delicious. i made it two days ago followed the directions to a t and didn't have a problem with moistness or shape retention. It could have had a bit more flavor but over all it was amazing. I'm actually making it again tonight to share with a different friend i think tonight i'm going to add some onion jalapeno and maybe lime juice tonight. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Excellent-- but my changes made the recipe much easier These were great. To save time I used my favorite fresh (not jarred) salsa from the supermarket instead of following the recipe to make my own. This cut my ingredient list in half and also was less expensive. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
10/29/2011
Will not be making these again Yuck! I'm a huge fan of EatingWell recipes but these were gross. I really like black beans but I thought they needed something else...I was also not a huge fan of how moist they turned out- the texture was quite off-putting. I made no adjustments sticking to the recipe. My husband suggested I throw out the leftovers- and he will eat anything! I am so surprised at all the positive reviews! Pros: Easy Cons: Didn't enjoy them at all Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Really good I used one can of beans in part because it was all I had. I also used fresh salsa from the supermarket. I also added some extra bread crumbs because it seems a little bit wet. I ate them with guacamole I bought so this was all around really easy to make. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Put my own Spin on it I'm not a fan of spicy food so i omitted the chili power. Next time I'll also omit the cumin and add more corn and tomatoes for flavor. I only tried it with cumin this time because I was afraid it would be too bland without it but I think it would be better without it. I also added a cup of shredded cheddar cheese. (i know that alters the "healthiness" a bit...). I didn't have a problem with the amount of breadcrumbs it called for however making the balls does make a bit a of a mess but it is a pretty easy clean up. The salsa was a good side. I'll definitely make this again just with my own alterations. Pros: easy to make Cons: a bit of a mess Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Tasty if you make some additions My husband and I wanted to incorporate some meatless dishes into our week. This was a good choice but I have to admit I wouldn't make it again. It made a huge mess and took me longer to make than I would have liked. I read other reviewers' advice and decided to throw in some extra ingredients I had around. I added some chopped jalapeno and some chopped red onion for flavor. I did end up needing more breadcrumbs than called for but only by a little. Other than my additions I followed the recipe as written and didn't encounter any problems with the mixture. Despite the mess and long prep time this dish was actually tasty. The salsa was pretty good but we had homemade salsa from another recipe earlier in the week that was even better (I think from the beer-battered fish tacos recipe off of this site). They were not good reheated in the microwave but might have been good in the oven (the crispy shell from the breadcrumbs was lost in the microwave). All in all I would recommend it to someone with a little time on their hands. Pros: Something different Cons: Long prep time can be bland Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Good Stuff! These are very good. I served it with Spanish rice but to be honest these are pretty filling and really need just a side salad to call it a meal. My husband enjoyed these and brought the rest to work with him the next day. Pros: Fairly easy to put together Cons: Soft texture but it's beans after all Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Good for a quick dinner These were a good spin on one of our favorites - Tamale Pie. Easy to put together fun to make/eat and easy to adjust for your own flavors. We like heat so I upped the spices and threw in some chipotle adobo sauce. Pros: Easy flavorful adjustable Cons: Starchy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Worth it! This is a great recipe. I followed the recommendations of others and used one can of black beans and spiced up the salsa with some lime juice garlic and jalapeno. My avocado was over-ripe so I made some guacamole as a second side (mashed avocado garlic powder spoonful of salsa and lime juice). Very tasty. Good as a stand-alone small dinner. And leftovers kept well for a few days. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Dish Delish! This is a great recipe! The only changes I made were: 1/3 cup Lays Baked Tortilla Chips processed into crumbs instead of bread crumbs; 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper; no salt. I did not press bean ball into more crumbs & I served them w/coleslaw. My son drizzled Light Ranch dressing on his. Everyone loved them -- will definitely be making more often & will not be buying black bean burgers any longer:) Pros: Handy ingredients & quick to prepare Read More