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Dinner Tonight: Spicy Black Bean Cakes

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

I've been talking smack about this recipe for months. Whenever my wife and I can't decide what to make for dinner, she'll lobby hard for this one—and it makes sense. I love black beans and we tend to have the rest of the ingredients around the house. It's a perfect pantry meal. The only problem? I couldn't picture how they'd turn out. I feared they would become chalky and dry like hockey pucks.

But that couldn't be further from the case for this Epicurious recipe. Perhaps stuffing them with loads of veggies and chiles helps them stay moist.

My only criticism? The "spicy" label is a misnomer. Unless you think "medium" packaged salsa is spicy, then you'll need to add some firepower of your own. Hot sauce these guys at will.

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