Old Fashioned Pinto Bean Patties – Pinto Bean Pancakes

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Old Fashioned Pinto Bean Patties are an economical meal from the past.  These Pinto Bean Pancakes use leftover beans, onions, egg, flour, salt and pepper and are fried until golden brown. Learn how to make bean cakes with these easy directions.

Old Fashioned Pinto Bean Patties

Fried pinto bean patties are exactly what they say – cooked pinto beans that are mashed up and formed into a patty and then pan-fried until golden brown.

As you can imagine, bean cakes are a very old fashioned recipe. They come from a time when being economical was a necessity, a time when women were stretching ingredients to feed hungry families.

The good news is that these country bean cakes are quite tasty too.  Mashed bean patties can be served as the main entrée (served with fried potatoes and cinnamon apples) or as a nice little side dish with cubed steaks or Chipped Beef Gravy.

Pinto Bean Pancakes Ingredient List

Pinto Beans (or white beans), drained

Diced Onion

Egg

Flour

Salt

Black Pepper

Vegetable Oil (for frying)

Mashed Bean Patties

These country bean patties remind me of my Granny; she was the queen of stretching food for eight hungry kids. She is the maker of Leftover Mashed Potato Cakes which are very similar to these bean cakes with flour.

The recipe is so easy. Basically, you mash up leftover pinto beans (or white beans), and then make a quick batter with eggs, flour, minced onion and salt and pepper. Give each little pinto bean pancake a quick fry in some vegetable oil until both sides are golden brown.

Honestly, if you love beans or you love Fried Salmon Patties, these Pinto Bean Cakes are for you.

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How to Make Old Fashioned Bean Cakes

For the full instructions for fried pinto bean patties, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

  1. Drain pinto beans well.
  2. Mash beans coarsely using a potato masher, fork or in a food processor.
  3. Add egg, salt and pepper, flour and minced onion.
  4. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  5. Make small bean patties and place in hot oil.
  6. Fry until golden brown, approximately 5 minutes, flip and fry the other side.
  7. Drain off oil on a paper towel.
  8. Eat while hot.

Notes About Old Fashioned Pinto Bean Patties

  • Use leftover pinto beans or canned pinto beans for these pinto bean pancakes. Be sure to drain the beans well.
  • Substitute white beans (cannellini or great northern beans) for pinto beans, if desired.
  • Mash the beans as fine or as coarse as you desire. I like to leave mine on the more coarse side, but that’s just my personal preference.
  • If your pinto bean cake batter seems dry, add a little bit of water. Of it it seems very wet, add more flour.
  • Vegetable oil or canola oil works best for frying these mashed bean patties.
  • To add some extra flavor, add a bit of garlic powder or cayenne pepper or any other of your favorite seasonings.
  • I eat mine hot from the oil, but my kids like to dip these in ketchup.
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What to serve with bean cakes?

Easy Dinner Recipes with Beans

Stove Top Poor Man’s Stew

Stove Top Poor Man's Stew is an old-fashioned recipe that was found on most Midwestern tables back in the day. It's a hearty combination ground beef, potatoes, carrots and red kidney beans in a base of tomato juice (no beef broth). While it may seem simple, don't discount its delicious flavor.

Southern Pinto Beans and Sausage

Southern Pinto Beans and Sausage is a five ingredient dinner that is served up in 20 minutes.  This deep South recipe is hearty with the perfect amount of spice. Serve it up with cornbread for the perfect combination.

Creamy Chicken Chili

Easy Crock Pot Chicken Chili is made with four ingredients including chicken breast, salsa, Randall's Great Northern Beans and Monterrey Jack Cheese.  This slow cooker chicken tortilla soup with salsa is easily modified to your family's tastes and preferences. 

Tuscan Sausage and White Bean Soup

Tuscan Sausage and White Bean Soup is a hearty, flavorful dish perfect for dinner any night of the week. Add some crackers and enjoy!

Old Fashioned Pinto Bean Patties - Pinto Bean Pancakes

Old Fashioned Pinto Bean Patties are an economical meal from the past.  Pinto Bean Pancakes use leftover beans, onions, egg, flour, salt and pepper and are fried until golden brown. Learn how to make bean cakes with these easy directions.  
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Entree, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: country bean cakes, fried pinto bean patties, old fashioned pinto bean patties, pinto bean pancakes
Servings: 4 pancakes
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 15 ounces canned pinto beans (or 2 cups leftover pinto beans)
  • 1 Tablespoon diced onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 - 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil

Instructions

  • Drain pinto beans well.
    Old Fashioned Pinto Bean Patties are an economical meal from the past.  Pinto Bean Pancakes use leftover beans, onions, egg, flour, salt and pepper and are fried until golden brown. Learn how to make bean cakes with these easy directions.  
  • Mash pinto beans to coarsely or to desired texture using a potato masher, fork or pulse in a food processor.
    Old Fashioned Pinto Bean Patties are an economical meal from the past.  Pinto Bean Pancakes use leftover beans, onions, egg, flour, salt and pepper and are fried until golden brown. Learn how to make bean cakes with these easy directions.  
  • Add diced onions, egg, flour, salt and pepper. Mix.
    Old Fashioned Pinto Bean Patties are an economical meal from the past.  Pinto Bean Pancakes use leftover beans, onions, egg, flour, salt and pepper and are fried until golden brown. Learn how to make bean cakes with these easy directions.  
  • Form into patties and fry in hot vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Fry for approximately 5 minutes or until golden brown; flip and fry the other side.
    Old Fashioned Pinto Bean Patties are an economical meal from the past.  Pinto Bean Pancakes use leftover beans, onions, egg, flour, salt and pepper and are fried until golden brown. Learn how to make bean cakes with these easy directions.  
  • Drain on paper towels, and serve hot.
    Old Fashioned Pinto Bean Patties are an economical meal from the past.  Pinto Bean Pancakes use leftover beans, onions, egg, flour, salt and pepper and are fried until golden brown. Learn how to make bean cakes with these easy directions.  

Notes

  • Use leftover pinto beans or canned pinto beans for these pinto bean pancakes.  Be sure to drain the beans well.
  • Substitute white beans (cannellini or great northern beans) for pinto beans, if desired.
  • Mash the beans as fine or as coarse as you desire.  I like to leave mine on the more coarse side, but that's just my personal preference.
  • If your pinto bean cake batter seems dry, add a little bit of water. If it it seems very wet, add more flour.
  • Vegetable oil or canola oil works best for frying these mashed bean patties.
  • To add some extra flavor, add a bit of garlic powder or cayenne pepper or any other of your favorite seasonings.
  • I eat mine hot from the oil, but my kids like to dip these in ketchup.
  • Try Leftover Potato Cakes and Fried Salmon Patties too!

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Old Fashioned Pinto Bean Patties are an economical meal from the past.  Pinto Bean Pancakes use leftover beans, onions, egg, flour, salt and pepper and are fried until golden brown. Learn how to make bean cakes with these easy directions.  

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