Borracho Beans from Scratch

"I have taken ingredients from about 3 different Borracho Bean recipes and made my very own recipe for Borracho Beans. My DH said they were the best he had ever eaten. (This is quite a statement, as he is usually my most critical food fan.)"
Borracho Beans from Scratch created by Chef Howe
Ready In:
3hrs 15mins




  • Sort through the beans, looking for small rocks and debris. Place in large bowl and rinse several times. Remove beans by hand into a clean bowl of water. (Do not pour beans out of the rinse bowl, as there may be sand and debris at the bottom of rinse bowl.) Fill the bowl with the newly rinsed beans with water and soak beans overnight.
  • Drain off soaking water. In a large soup pot, bring 3 quarts of water to a boil and add beans and dark beer. Add garlic, Kosher salt, onion powder and chili powder to beans and beer. Lower the heat to simmer, cover pan and cook about 2 hours, or until beans are tender. When the beans are light brown and soft, add the cumin, Mexican oregano and jalapeno peppers.
  • In a skillet over medium-high heat, fry bacon pieces and onions until bacon is crisp. Add to beans.
  • Last, but not least, add the cilantro and fresh roma romatoes. Simmer for another hour.

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  1. Violinguy
    Add the bacon grease/drippings to the pot, it will keep the beans from being too bland.
  2. Violinguy
    Great recipe. It’s a lot of prep and time, but the beans will be gone by the time dinner is over. Add sausage if you want to make it a meal on its own. Only one thing to do differently: add the bacon grease and drippings to the beans. It will give it the flavor it needs to keep from being too bland.
  3. Brendan B.
    Barbara A: Negra Modelo is a dark mexican beer that is pretty easy to find outside of mexico. A dark beer will add flavor to the dish; a light lager won't do much.
  4. Barbara A.
    I made the beans without the beer and they were delicious! Can you give me an example of a dark mexican beer?
  5. Barbara A.
    Why would you use beer in the bean



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