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Falafel sandwiches with avocado-lime sauce

Total Time
18 min
8 min
10 min
Economical and oh-so-easy to pull together, this take on falafel takes your palate south of the border to Mexico rather than to the Middle East. Pantry staple pinto beans replace the usual chick peas in these savory donut-shaped balls, so you can make these in a matter of minutes. The beans are simply mashed and bound into a patty with the addition of peppery cheese, bread crumbs, and egg, and laced with herbs and spices such as cilantro and feisty cumin. Then the usual yogurt-based falafel sauce gets an update, too. To make it, avocado and sour cream pair up with fresh tomato and onion, and a splash of tart lime juice brightens the sauce. Layered in pita halves, you've got a sandwich that will become your new, exotic but easy lunchbox go-to! Top with shredded iceberg, or baby greens and a few tomato slices.


California (Hass) avocado

½ small, pitted and peeled

Light sour cream

2 Tbsp

Fresh tomato(es)

2 Tbsp, chopped

Uncooked red onion(s)

1 Tbsp, chopped, minced

Fresh lime juice

1 tsp

Table salt

½ tsp

Canned pinto beans

15½ oz, rinsed and drained

Reduced-fat shredded Monterey Jack cheese

½ cup(s)

Dried plain breadcrumbs

¼ cup(s)

Uncooked scallion(s)

2 medium, thinly sliced


2 Tbsp, chopped


1 large egg(s), lightly beaten

Ground cumin

¼ tsp

Canola oil

2 tsp

Romaine lettuce

1 cup(s), shredded, thinly sliced

White pita(s)

2 large, halved

Fresh lime(s)

½ item(s), cut into 4 wedges


  1. To make sauce, mash avocado in small bowl. Add sour cream, tomato, onion, lime juice, and salt and stir to combine.
  2. Place beans in large bowl and coarsely mash with fork or potato masher. Add pepper Jack, bread crumbs, scallions, cilantro, egg, and cumin and stir to mix well. With damp hands, form mixture into 8 small patties.
  3. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add patties and cook, turning once, until browned and crispy, about 6 minutes.
  4. Divide lettuce evenly among pita halves. Place 2 falafel patties in each pita half and top evenly with sauce. Serve with lime wedges.
  5. Serving size: ½ stuffed pita