Bean Cakes

Submitted by: Suzanne McMinn on January 13, 2015

An old-fashioned savory pancake. Serve with ketchup, hot sauce, syrup, or nothing!

Servings: varies by size of cakes   Prep Time: 5 minutes   Cook Time: few minutes per side  


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup cornmeal
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups seasoned pinto beans, drained*


*Season the beans as you normally like them, adding in onions, peppers, whatever you like.

In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients except the beans and stir to combine. (Don’t over-stir.) Add the beans and stir lightly again to combine.

Heat a skillet (iron is best, but a griddle will also do) on medium-high heat. I used an iron skillet with some bacon fat. Pour the batter onto the skillet and cook about a minute or so per side. The cake will bubble up on top (like pancakes do) and tell you it’s time to flip it. Serve hot.

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