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Mexican Falafel

Love Mexican food? Love falafel? This recipe takes Mexican flavors and incorporates them into crispy baked bean patties, falafel style. They make a great finger food for kids and are wonderfully adult in wraps or salads. Something different and fun for everyone in your family!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: beans, falafel, kid friendly, vegetarian
Servings: 14 servings
Calories: 74kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 5 clove garlic
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 15 ounce black beans, canned
  • 2 teaspoon cumin, ground
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup flour, whole wheat
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, plain
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375* F.
  • In a food processor, blend half an onion, 5 cloves garlic, 1 cup packed cilantro leaves, and 2 tablespoons lime juice. Puree well.
  • Rinse and drain a can of black beans. Add to the food processor, along with cumin, chili powder, and salt. Pulse until just combined. Add flour and baking powder and pulse until incorporated.
  • Spread 1 tablespoon of oil over a large baking sheet. Take large spoonfuls of the bean mixture and form into disks - about 3 inches across and 1/2 an inch or so tall. Place them on the baking sheet. Once all the mixture has been used, brush the tops with the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway. You want them crispy on the outside but still soft inside.
  • If desired, mix Greek yogurt, salsa, and lime juice for a white sauce to go with the falafel. Serve with garnishes of cheese, fresh squeezed lime juice, and avocado, or even wrap them up in a tortilla with lettuce and tomato.

Nutrition

Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 327mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g