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These five ingredient black bean croquettes are an easy vegetarian appetizer to serve for a Cinco de Mayo party. Serve with guacamole or salsa for dipping! Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

Black Bean Croquettes Recipe

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  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 9 servings 1x


These crispy black bean croquettes are a super easy vegetarian appetizer to serve for a Cinco de Mayo party. They’re made with only five ingredients and are ready in just 30 minutes!


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  • 1 14ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup salsa or picante sauce, plus more for serving
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cups fresh bread crumbs *See tip
  • 2 cups avocado or grape seed oil, for frying


  1. Pulse beans and salsa in a food processor fitted with the steel blade attachment until it forms a coarse paste. Add egg, and pulse 4 to 5 times. Scrape sides and add 1 ½ cups bread crumbs. Pulse, scraping sides as needed until incorporated but not too smooth.
  2. Divide mixture into 12 croquettes, 2 generous tablespoons each. Place the remaining ¾ cup bread crumbs in a shallow dish and roll the croquettes into the breadcrumbs. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil in straight-sided skillet or saucepan over medium high heat until 350 degrees F. Gently lower 6 croquettes 1 at a time into the hot oil. Let cook, flipping once with a slotted spatula, until the breadcrumbs are deeply golden and the croquettes are hot all the way through, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from oil and set on a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with the remaining 6 croquettes, adjusting heat to make sure oil temperature remains around 350 degrees. Serve hot with salsa.


How To Make Breadcrumbs:

To make fresh bread crumbs. Slice dark crust off day-old bread. Break or cut into quarters. Process in food processor fitted with steel blade attachment until forms crumbs. 4 to 6 slices bread equals about 3 cups, depending on brand of bread.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 206
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 393 mg
  • Fat: 13 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 5 g
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