Black Bean Chili with Zucchini Pancakes

Black Bean Chili Soup with Zucchini Pancakes

1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, more if you want a spicier soup
1 cob corn, corn removed
1 tomato, cored and diced
1 19 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
3 cups vegetable stock or water
1 tbsp fresh lime juice

For Pancakes

1 small zucchini, grated
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 cup bread crumbs or more if necessary
1 tbsp pepitas, pine nuts, or chopped walnuts
1 tbsp oil
chopped tomatoes for garnish

1. In a large pot heat olive oil until it shimmers. Add onion and cook until almost translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until golden, another 2 or 3 minutes. Add cumin, chili powder, thyme, salt and cayenne pepper and stir to coat onion and garlic.

2. Add corn and tomato and cook until tomato softens, about 5 minutes. Add black beans and 3 cups of water and stir. Bring to a boil, stiring often, then reduce heat to medium and cook until heated through.

3. In the meantime, place grated zucchini, salt, egg, pepitas and breadcrumbs in a bowl, stirring together. Add more breadcrumbs if the mixture is very wet. Heat oil in a skillet and add a heaping tablespoon of the zucchini mixture, flattening it with a spatula. Repeat until you have used all of the mixture. Cook until the zucchini is browned on one side, about 5 minutes then turn and cook until it has browned on the second side.

4. Add the lime juice to the soup. Ladle soup into serving bowls, top with a zucchini pancake and garnish with chopped tomatoes.

Recipe courtesy of
Photo courtesy of Kelly Rossiter


2 thoughts on “Black Bean Chili with Zucchini Pancakes

  1. lori says:

    Hi Julie, I made this one with my parents this weekend. Loved it. I put pecans and flax seeds in the pancakes, and they were so nutty and delicious. Thanks!


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