Total Time
3hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs

This originally came from a friend of mine, and I tweaked it just a little. Make sure you use a good full-bodied beer in this, not a light beer. I used Michelob Ultra Amber, and the smell while it was cooking was wonderful. The Goya ham seasoning is a dry mix, picture of a pig on the box, usually near the soups. I guessed on the size of the packet because it was required to submit - the box is 1.41 oz and it contains 6 or 8 packets. Prep/cook time does not include soaking beans overnight.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak beans overnight in water, drain when ready to cook.
  2. In large pot, add beans, chicken broth, beer, cooked chopped bacon, and enough water to cover the beans by about an inch.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 2-3 hours.
  4. Once beans start to get soft, add garlic, onion, jalapenos, chili powder, cumin, 1 tbs coarse black pepper, and salt.
  5. Simmer another 30 minutes or so.
  6. Add the packet of ham seasoning, tomatoes, and cilantro; taste and add more coarse ground black pepper and salt to taste.
  7. Simmer another 30 minutes.
Most Helpful

Outstanding!!!!! I use Guinness beer and 1 LB of bacon. I slow cook all the ingredients (except the cilantro) in a crock pot without pre-soaking beans for around 8 hours. I now serve this everytime with my Acacia smoked brisket....all friends leave fat and happy!!! Thanks again for this recipe.

nevisian1 December 06, 2010

This was a big hit at a party the other night got 5 stars from everyone. I doubled the recipe and glad I did there was nothing left for anyone to take home. Have passed the recipe on to others already.

smack0809_9257484 June 22, 2010

I've been searching for a good pinto bean recipe, and this is the one! I didn't have bacon, so I put in two smoked ham hocks (and didn't put in any other salt). I soaked the beans overnight, then cooked them in my slow cooker on high for about four hours before I put in the second batch of ingredients. Think it may have cooked for another hour before I put in the tomatoes and cilantro. One thing I did forget to do was decrease the liquid, since I was using the slow cooker. Next time, I may only put in three cups of chicken broth + the beer, and see if that works. We like our beans less "soupy" more "meaty."

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