A few days ago Creative Savv posted a mouth watering piece about “Neat Balls” and it got me drooling and thinking. I rummaged thru my cookbooks and found a little note about something similar I had made. You might enjoy making it, too. If you like salsa, you will LOVE this:
SALSA AND BEAN CAKES
Start with your favorite salsa. You’ll need 1 1/2 cups.
1 jalapeno pepper
2 cans black beans, rinsed n drained *Cooking your own will save a wad of cash
1 pkg corn muffin mix *8.5 oz size
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 tablespoons veg oil
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
Drain 1/2 cup of salsa in a colander. Seed and chop half of the jalapeno. Slice the other half very finely. Using a large bowl, mash the beans, using a fork. Stir in dry muffin mix, drained salsa, 2 1/2 teaspoons of chili powder and chopped jalapeno.
In a 12 inch skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium high heat. Add four 1/2 cup mounds of bean mixture to skillet. Flatten each mound with spatula so each is about 3″. Cook 3 minutes on each side to brown. Remove from skillet and repeat with remaining oil and bean mixture.
Combine sour cream and remaining chili powder in a bowl. Top cakes with remaining salsa, sliced jalapeno and seasoned sour cream.
This will make 4 servings but could easily be doubled. It will also make the faces around your table smile.
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