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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!