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.
Black Bean Croquettes with Fresh Salsa
From EatingWell: 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.
62 Reviews for Black Bean Croquettes with Fresh Salsa
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.
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.
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.
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.