Borracho is translated from Spanish to English as drunk. It specifically refers to the beer that is an added ingredient. If you are unable to soak the beans overnight just account for additional cooking time. I generally use the Casserole brand of dry pinto beans because they seem to cook faster. I have found them at most Albertson's locations. However, any brand will work. You can also substitute the Mexican dark beer for any beer you have on hand. I took about 4 or 5 recipes and combined them with the way my Mom makes them also. You can make them as spicy as you want! I noted the variances for the Cumin, Chili powder, and jalapenos. I also always use fresh ingredients - no canned jalapenos or tomatoes. The crock-pot liners are purely optional. I normally take two of them and line the crock pot just in case one breaks. They make it 100% easier and virtual no clean-up is required if you use them to line your crock-pot. The recipe is very forgiving, so you can take away or add to it as you see fit. It's very hard to mess up.