I've made these a few times and each time they come out excellent. Definitely a winner at cookouts and family get togethers.
With the beer it is Barracho, without it is ala-charra. Put the beer in when you start the beans and it won't be bitter and the alcohol will be evaporated. Use ancho chili powder or fresh ground.
Wanted a different supper. This was pretty good too! Next time I will use a little bit less cilantro, I'm just not a huge fan of it! thanks for posting!
There are excellent! I made them w/ some tweaks. I save the bone from a ham and use that instead of the bacon. The leftover ham falls off the bone and is YUMMY. I also have little kids so I leave the chili peppers out and use a bit of chili powder instead so I can better control the heat. I've also used canned tomatoes when I didn't have fresh on hand or it was out of season. Just keep tasting and adding as you like. It's Sooo good. I'll make a huge pot and then use the beans for other Mexican type dishes - like refry them, and make them last a long time.
I love the taste personally. Thanks! But perhaps people should realize before making this dish is that Borracho beans are translated "drunken beans". They are supposed to taste like beer, hence the name.
I didn't like this at all and neither did the group I made it for. Tasted too much like beer! YUCK!!!
I've made these twice now and they came out great both times.I have always wanted to try and duplicate the beans at my favorite Tex/Mex restaurant;now I can.I did use a hamhock instead of bacon for more smokey flavor and cooked in the crockpot for 7 hours.It will be a regular item at our house from now on.Thanks SusieQusie!
I cooked these beans in the crockpot today. I started out on low, but after about 4 hours they weren't even close to done so I switched them to high and cooked another 4 hours and they were perfect. I know everyone's crockpot is different--just letting others out there know that it could take longer than 5-6 hours on low. I made three changes. One, I ommited the onion (accidentally). Two, instead of roma tomatoes, I used a can of Rotel. Three, I poured some of the bacon grease into the crockpot with the beans. This recipe is wonderful! I loved the extra dimension the beer added to the dish. Served with cornbread and it made a yummy dinner tonight. Thanks SusieQusie!
I'm not going to star this recipe. I used the crockpot method and that worked well in the summer heat. As for the beer I used Becks, left out any peppers so that DH would eat this and used ham instead of bacon and I had to use some dried cilantro (no where near a cup full, maybe a 1/4). DH and I both think we would have enjoyed these more without the beer. I really had felt that we would find that the beer was a good plus with pinto's and while it certainly wasn't bad, it did impart a taste that we didn't enjoy as much as I had hoped. That didn't keep us from eating a bowl each and I put this to personal taste only and find no fault at all in the recipe.