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Southwestern Black Bean Balls


  • 2 cans black beans drained
  • 1 small red onion minced
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 jalapeno seeds removed & minced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • hot sauce to taste (optional)
  • 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • You can add half a can of drained corn to this recipe too if you'd like.


  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • Crush the drained black beans with your hands or with a blender (I use my hands for the whole process!). Mix in the onion, cilantro, jalapeno, garlic powder, taco seasoning, & hot sauce (if using). Now, mix in the egg, 1/2 cup of panko bread crumbs, & the shredded cheese. Season with salt and pepper. If the mixture is too wet, add more 1/4 cup more bread crumbs.
  • Using your hands, pack into bean balls - about the size of a golf ball or larger. Place on a parchment paper or aluminum foil lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes.