Spicy Black Bean Cakes with Avocado Butter

Appetizers, Dinner

Spicy Black Bean Cakes with Avocado Butter

To all of you who entered the giveaway on Tuesday, THANK YOU! I read every single entry (and still reading–it ain’t over!).

I LOVED hearing stories about your first cooking experience. Some of your stories were funny, simple, most involved grilled cheese, a lot of them were accounts of utter disaster, and some even involved pancakes! Others were sweet, visceral and really really beautiful. Some of your memories involved grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles who are no longer with us but left such an enormous impact on you and your relationship with cooking and food. Thank you for sharing these super personal stories. I loved reading them. I cherish them. I hold them close.

Today I’m sharing a very savory, non breakfast-ey recipe from the book. Coming up with 72 pancake recipes is a lil’ tough, so when I got to the dinner portion, I included all sorts of “pancakes.” There are patties, fritters, savory popovers, arepas and huaraches. I love these Spicy Black Bean Cakes. They’re really simple to put together, hella flavorful and they’re gluten-free! Woohoo! Oh and the Avocado Buttah is delicious.

Ingredients for Spicy Black Bean Cakes

I came up with this recipe for these cakes when I was watching Friday Night Lights. I miss that show. I love that show. I love Nashville but it doesn’t compare. It just doesn’t.

I’m currently trying to find a new show. It’s a very similar feeling when you just finished an awesome book and you’re looking for your next word-adventure. There’s a feeling of needing to be enthralled in someone else’s story, someone else’s drama. I think I like being wrapped up in someone’s story because I’m really nosey.

For example, I know I’m a nosey person because when I get a cookbook, one of the first things I want to read is the acknowledgements. I want to get all up in the author’s life. I wanna know who their friends are, who they thanked, who their agent is, who didn’t they thank. I’m nosey. I used to do the same things with CDs (remember when you’d get the jacket?).

If you get your hands on my book, I encourage you to get all nosey up in my acknowledgements. I encourage nosiness!

Spicy Black Bean Cakes with Avocado Butter

I sometimes catch myself mid-nosey and stop. Another example, last week I was in Michael’s looking around for the perfect colored raffia when I heard screaming. So of course, I peeked in the general direction of said screaming. There was a man dressed in head-to-toe fly fisherman gear, screaming at the cashier about not getting the right discount. I watched the entire thing until it was over. I’M NOSEY!

I caught myself and was like, Geez, you really need to work on this nosey behavior.

So yeah, I’m looking for a new show/book…recommendations are welcomed!

Spicy Black Bean Cakes with Avocado Butter // A Cozy Kitchen

Spicy Black Bean Cakes with Avocado Butter

Serving Size: 6 cakes and 3/4 cup avocado butter


Spicy Black Bean Cakes

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup yellow corn kernels, canned, frozen, or fresh
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • One 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained well
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

**Vegetable oil, for the skillet

    Avocado Butter

    • 4 ripe Haas avocadoes
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


    • In a medium skillet over moderately high heat, heat the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the bell pepper, corn kernels, jalapeño, and cumin and mix together. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the vegetables become translucent. Add the garlic on top of vegetable mixture and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more.
    • In a medium bowl, using a fork, smash the black beans. Add the warm vegetable mixture, cornmeal, egg, cilantro, hot sauce, and salt, and mix until thoroughly combined. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
    • Scoop 1/4 cup of the black bean mixture onto the palm of your hand. Form into a patty that is 3 inches in diameter and about 1 inch thick. Continue to make patties with the remaining mixture.
    • Place a skillet over medium-high heat, and pour in vegetable oil until it reaches 1/4 inch up the sides. Once the oil is hot, carefully add the patties, being sure not to overcrowd the pan. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown. Gently flip and cook on the opposite sides for a minute or two. Transfer to paper towels to drain and then place them in a preheated 200F oven to keep warm. Repeat the process to cook the remaining cakes. Serve immediately.

    Avocado Butter:

    • To the bowl of a food processor, add the avocado, sour cream, lime juice, lime zest, and cumin. Pulse until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
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  • Reply Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe May 30, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Love reading your posts, you are always so funny! These black bean patties look great and I’ll be definitely making them, maybe as little appetizers, next saturday for a reunion with my friends! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    xo, Elisa

  • Reply Megan May 30, 2013 at 5:28 am

    YUM! These remind me of when I went to visit my best friend’s family in Santa Fe.

    I could talk about TV forever. If you haven’t got into Scandal yet, I highly recommend it. It’s over the top and nail-biting and addicting. I’m also currently going through old shows that I never watched when they were on, but are now available streaming online. Like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It makes me so nostalgic for the nineties, and it’s also silly and fun and addicting! And if you like serious drama, Sons of Anarchy is amaaaazing and not enough people I know watch it. Certainly not sparkly and fun like Nashville, but for a show about bikers the female parts are super strong. I also just fancy scruffy guys with beards and tattoos – of which there are plenty!

    Books wise, you MUST read Caitlin Moran’s How To Be A Woman. I’m almost finished with it now and I love love love it. I want to give it to everyone I know and make them read it, too. Since I know you like ‘Girls’ and Mindy Kaling, I’m guessing you’ll like it.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 30, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      Oh Scandal sucked me in. Like, I watched the first season and was like, meh. And THEN the second season just did me in. I’ve heard good things about Sons of Anarchy. I might give this a spin. A friend recommended Damages so I started the first season–it’s just ok.

      And thank you for the book suggestion! Gonna download it! YAY!

  • Reply Helen May 30, 2013 at 5:29 am

    i think i shall try these

  • Reply Tieghan May 30, 2013 at 5:39 am

    Gimme please!! Black beans and avocado butter!! I am in love! YUM!

  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan May 30, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Oh I just love this! I’m so so nosey, but try to stop, but just can’t! I work in a cubicle environment so everyone can hear everything, yeah girl across the way, I hear you talking about your husband problems!

  • Reply Bev @ Bev Cooks May 30, 2013 at 6:21 am

    I want to go to 3rd base with those cakes.

  • Reply meghan May 30, 2013 at 6:24 am


  • Reply Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) May 30, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Now those cakes look absolutely incredible!!! I am in love with black beans right now.

  • Reply Elizabeth May 30, 2013 at 8:22 am

    A-VO-CA-DO butter??? Get in my belly!

  • Reply Rebecca at thisfineday May 30, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I’ve never made anything like this, but it looks and sounds delicious! Thanks for giving me something new to try!

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 30, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Mmm what a perfect, healthy, dinner! These sound awesome!

  • Reply Katie @ Blonde Ambition May 30, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I looove any kind of black bean patty/burger! These sound so delicious. I really just want to make a huge batch of the avocado butter, though, so I can slather it on everything!

  • Reply Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie May 30, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Love this! Although I have to admit I find myself wanting to put it in a bun haha

  • Reply Michelle May 30, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I have a very unhealthy obsession with Grey’s Anatomy now that they have all the seasons online. It’s like being nosy and obnoxious all at the same time since it’s so trashy. I can’t help it!

    Vinyl jackets are the new CD jackets for me since it’s the only kind of music I buy anymore (if ever).

    These burgers look bomb. I love me some spicy and avocado!

  • Reply Marga May 30, 2013 at 10:09 am

    These looks super yummy. Can’t wait to try them!

  • Reply Chris May 30, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I’m so thrilled with this black bean recipe? Can’t wait to try it.
    I used to love the black bean pate’, which was served with a kind of “green goddess” sauce, at Restaurant Santa Fe, in Alexandria, VA. The chef was Alison Swope – any chance you can get or create a recipe for a black bean pate?
    Highly recommend the show “Covert Affairs” with Piper Peribo…… nothing like Friday Night Lights, but well written.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 30, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      Oh cool. I’ll do some googling on this black bean pate business. And I’ll check out Covert Affairs!

  • Reply Sara May 30, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Show recommendation – Scandal. It sucks you in. Completely soapy, but fun all the same.

    My brother is currently fascinated with Black Bean burgers so I’ll be making this for him next time he comes over.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 30, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      Oh I’m a victim of Scandal. It’s the only affair I totally condone. 🙂

  • Reply Betty May 30, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I love black beans and avocado- these little cakes look amazing! 🙂

  • Reply Eileen May 30, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I could definitely sink my teeth into a burger like this right about now! I generally am too lazy to do much to my avocado besides cut it up, but I have to admit, this avocado butter sounds so amazing that I may just overcome my laziness. 🙂

  • Reply Kris May 30, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Friday Night Lights was sooo good, but skip season 2, am I right? Have you see Freaks & Geeks? An oldie but a goodie. Oh! I also love Parenthood. Love it. Just watched the Nashville finale last night. WTF!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 30, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      Right. Season 2 is lame-city. Freaks and Geeks is an old love. And Parenthood is the best! UGH. I cry every time. Nashville finale was like pretty predictable but they’re not gonna both die. That’d be so wrong.

  • Reply Stacey May 30, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Friday Night Lights is such a favorite of mine, I cried through the entire last episode. I recommend Parenthood, which is written by the same writers. A great family drama that focuses on being good people rather than the drama. Also, a BBC detective show called Foyle’s War! so good. It takes place during WWII England and it’s main characters are also people striving to do good, not to mention great history intertwine in the story.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 30, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      Jason Katims (writer of FNL and Parenthood) is my favorite TV writer ever. Like, I know what he looks like and if I saw him at a restaurant I would say hi and embarrass myself.

      I’ll totally check out Foyle’s War. Sounds awesome!

  • Reply Rose May 30, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Mmmmm, they look yummy! 🙂

  • Reply Rhia Halili May 31, 2013 at 12:24 am

    It look so delish! 🙂 I love your blog.

  • Reply [email protected] May 31, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Okay, can I just say how much I appreciate you using the word “hella”? Being from the Bay Area, I have a deep appreciation of that word 🙂
    Also, these black bean cakes look DELISH.

  • Reply Diana May 31, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Those look amazing! Instead of the sour cream in the avocado butter I think I’ll add crumbled feta cheese plus I’d add a little diced hot pepper and mango.

  • Reply jer June 1, 2013 at 5:59 am

    I make a pretty good pancake, but they are just not as fluffy as yours. Please continue to post about pancakes.

  • Reply Cathy June 1, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I wonder if these could be baked. Too much oil for me.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 1, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      I bet they could be baked. I wouldn’t see why not. Of course, you won’t get the nice sear on both sides but they should work.

      • Reply Cathy June 3, 2013 at 10:51 pm

        Thanks Adrianna – my thoughts too. I could try a light saute too. I’ll let you know if I try it!

        I also noticed your response to Elle’s question about leftovers … I wonder if you saved the pit and put it in with the leftover Avocado Butter if that would help preserve it. I’ve actually done that with Quac and it really seemed to help it from turning brown. I stored it in a covered container with the avocado pressed into the Quac. Just a thought.

        • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 4, 2013 at 1:42 pm

          You know that trick never fully works for me. I have no idea why. It lasts for a few hours and then turns brown eventually. But give it a go, people do swear by it!

          • Anastasia June 7, 2013 at 10:54 am

            What I have done in the past (with guacamole and mango salsa with avocado chunks) is place it in an airtight container, and before I put the top on, I press saran wrap onto the guac to keep the air that would be in the container from “breathing” on it. It worked for me!

  • Reply Elle June 3, 2013 at 8:24 am

    How well do you think the cakes and avocado butter would hold up if eaten the next day? I’m thinking of leftovers for lunch…

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 3, 2013 at 8:25 am

      The cakes will hold up like a champ but the avocado butter will oxidize and turn a very not-so-attractive brown color.

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  • Reply Sophie June 9, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Have you seen Revenge, A? IT IS SO GOOD. I don’t have television, so everything I watch is like a year behind, so I’ve only seen what is on Instant Netflix of Revenge but I am obsessed. The main character is not an annoying girl but a smart and capable one. I like that. I can tell that you and I have very similar taste in tv — I miss Friday Night Lights so much! I watched it one summer that I was laid off from work, and recently watched it all over again with my husband. Occasionally now we’ll find ourselves in the right circumstance, look at each other and say: “clear eyes. full hearts….”

    Also, the entirety of Cheers is on Netflix and though I did not find the humor in it as a child when it was on tv and my dad watched, it is really a great and clever, funny, heart-warming show. Recommended 🙂

    I second the recommendation for Sons of Anarchy. It is about motorcycles, which is what drew me to it in the first place, but you don’t have to love motorcycles to like the show… It is just damn good tv, on-the-edge-of-your-seat what-is-going-to-happen-next tv with some attractive biker fellas and strong women. Love it.

    I’m so attracted to these black bean patties. I have everything on hand to make them! I aint afraid of deep-frying, I just don’t do it every day, and neither do you, that’s why you look so fly 😉 I am drinking gin and reading blogs and rambling and embarrassing myself. Shhhh Sophie. This recipe is inspiring to me because you took some regular old ingredients and made them into something new! You contributed art to the food world!

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  • Reply Naya Lizardo August 8, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe. I tried the spicy black bean patties and they were absolutely fantastic! I love avocados, but not a big fan of sour cream. I just put a few thin slices of avocados on the patty and it was perfect.

  • Reply Jeanine October 9, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Love your Blog and recipes!!

    I am def going to try this soon, it looks simple (I love simple!) and so divinely delish (and healthy!)

    I am going through all your drinks now to see what to try this weekend!

  • Reply Matt80 February 15, 2014 at 5:33 am

    These are awesome! One of our favorites. However, with two boys these just aren’t enough food for a dinner by themselves. Anyone have any ideas on a good side dish to go with these? The avocado butter is a must try by the way if you haven’t made it yet!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 15, 2014 at 8:45 am

      I say roast a chicken! These would be great as a side dish. 🙂

  • Reply Evan March 4, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Looking forward to making these tonight! How course should the grind of the cornmeal be? I have relatively finely ground cornmeal–should I buy some grits/polenta style course-ground cornmeal instead?

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  • Reply Meta April 4, 2015 at 8:43 am

    The black bean patties are excellent only I would serve them with fresh salsa instead of the avocado butter, or just sliced avocado like someone else recommended. I didn’t care for the avocado butter but that may be because I have issues with smooshed avocado. They really do need to be cooked in the amount of recommended oil to get that yummy fritter like quality.

  • Reply Pien February 22, 2018 at 6:47 am

    I love making these! I’ve made them regularly over the past two years and they never disappoint. Delicious and a good dose of veggies, can’t get enough! Thanks for this x