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Spicy Corn Cakes with Black Bean Salsa
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
These spicy corn cakes could be a delicious starter to a great meal, or they could be a vegetarian meal with a delicious side of green vegetable or green salad. They are also easy to make ahead of time and you can re-heat in the oven OR in your air fryer.
Course: Entrées, Appetizers/Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegetarian, Lunch, Make Ahead
Servings: 6
Calories: 357 kcal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • cups fresh corn kernels about 3 large ears
  • 1 Jalapeño pepper minced
  • 3 scallions chopped
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup canola or vegetable oil
Black Bean Salsa:
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • ½ red onion chopped
  • 2 Roma tomatoes diced
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 lime juiced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • sour cream optional
  1. Make the black bean salsa by mixing together the black beans, red pepper, red onion, tomatoes, cayenne pepper and cilantro. Add lime juice and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Chill until ready to serve.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, cumin, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper and paprika. Add the corn kernels, Jalapeño pepper, scallions and milk. Stir until combined. The batter will be thick.
  3. Heat the oil in a 12-inch straight-sided sauté pan over medium heat. Drop a small amount of batter into the pan. If the batter bubbles up, the oil is ready. Drop ¼ cup portions of batter into the oil. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side until lightly browned. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. Hold the corn cakes in a 200°F oven to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  4. Serve warm with black bean salsa and sour cream on top.

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Nutrition Facts
Spicy Corn Cakes with Black Bean Salsa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 357 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 411mg17%
Potassium 374mg11%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1160IU23%
Vitamin C 38.6mg47%
Calcium 64mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.