April 28, 2014

Southwest black bean and quinoa patties with avocado sour cream

I know quinoa has been all the rage over the past couple of years, but I've just never been a big fan... It's okay, but I have never been super excited about it. Since I've had the same container of it in my cupboard for too long now, I'm trying coming up with new ways to use it. I'm in the process of cleaning out the cupboards and eating up a lot of our stored dry and canned items as we prepare for summer and the season of fresh vegetables and canning again. This was one of those meals that came together from using a bunch of things I had in the cupboard and refrigerator already. It all went together well and produced these tasty little patties. They were delicious that day for dinner, but even more flavorful (but less crunchy) the next day for lunch. 

This recipe will make about eight to ten 1/4-cup patties. I served them with a side of sweet potato oven fries. They would also pair nicely with a big green salad. 

Southwest black bean and quinoa patties
1/2 cup quinoa, cooked according to package directions and drained well
1 can (15-16 oz.) prepared black beans, drained well
2 large eggs
2 scallions thinly sliced, greens reserved for garnish
2 garlic cloves, minced
1-1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
about 1 cup fine cornmeal
coconut or olive oil, for cooking

Avocado sour cream
1 avocado
juice of half a lemon
pinch of sea salt
2-3 tablespoons sour cream 

In a large bowl, stir together the quinoa through cumin until well-combined. Then add about 1/2 cup of cornmeal and stir well. Continue to add cornmeal a couple tablespoons at a time until the mixture holds together well and you can form a patty (I used about 1 cup). 

Make the avocado sour cream by pureeing all of the ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Start with two tablespoons of sour cream and add a third if needed. Refrigerate until serving time. 

Heat a cast iron skillet or other non-stick skillet until hot. Add one tablespoon of oil.

Lightly dampen your hands and a 1/4 cup measuring cup. Scoop the mixture using the cup and gently form into a flattened patty. Place in the hot skillet in batches (I did four at a time). Cook until golden and then flip and continue to cook until the second side is golden. Remove from the skillet and repeat until all of the mixture is used.  

Serve hot topped with avocado sour cream and reserved scallion greens.

What was I cooking one year ago?: Pad (Pat) Thai
Two years ago?: coconut chocolate chip banana bread
Three?: sweet and sour chicken
4?: egg tart with ramps and wild mushrooms 


  1. Can't get enough of quinoa these days. These patties look fantastic. Love the addition of black beans in these wholesome patties, Amy.

  2. I love tasty little patties with or without quinoa. I know what you mean about quinoa and we eat it quite a lot. It will never be rice, or potatoes or beans or pasta. But I'm all for health and these seem like a great way to go! Thanks, Amy!

  3. Must be delicious with all those spices. The avocado cream on top looks wonderful. Cleaning out the cupboard is something I need to do too!

  4. Sounds soo good ,Amy.
    Best of all: you combined several of my fav ingredients in this dish:
    Quinoa, avocado and the spices....yummy!

  5. Hi Amy, interesting recipe. Yours this patties look very delightful, great combination. Well done.

    Have a nice day.

  6. I actually do like quinoa and was surprised that I did! This is a great recipe..very unique!

  7. Holy cow, these look killer! So many things I love in one place: quinoa, beans, avocado...It's like you're trying to make me hungry or something!

  8. wow! this is like a marriage of all my favorite ingredients! Looks so good!

  9. I like quinoa as long as it's flavored with something. Sitting alone on the plate as a rice or potato substitute? No thanks. These, however, look fantastic -- thanks.

  10. Your avocado sour cream sounds amazing. Love that idea! I love quinoa as I am the gluten free girl and it gives so many other options for me. Great little recipe. Take care, BAM

  11. Gorgeous! Pinned. Love all the protein and healthy fats in these guys!


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