Frijoles Borracho (Drunken Beans)

"A specialty of Monterrey, these savoury beans are cooked with beer; hence, their intoxicating name. From Sunset Mexican Cookbook."
 
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Ready In:
2hrs 50mins
Ingredients:
11
Serves:
8-10
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ingredients

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directions

  • Rinse beans and place in a large bowl. Cover with cold water and soak at room temperature for at least 12 hours. Drain.
  • Heat oil in an 8 to 10 quart pan over medium heat. When oil is hot, add bacon and cook until just lightly browned. Add chiles, onion and garlic and continue to cook, stirring, until vegetables are soft (about 5 minutes).
  • Add beans, beer, broth, tomato sauce, oregano and cumin; bring to a boil, stirring.
  • Reduce heat, partially cover pan and simmer, stirring often, until beans are tender and most of the liquid is absorbed (about 2 1/2 hours).

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Reviews

  1. IngridH
    Really good beans! I replaced the oil with butter, used lime flavored beer, and home made chicken stock. We needed to add a bit of salt at the end, but that's personal taste, and not a reflection on the recipe. I also added some crumbled queso freso cheese over the finished dish, which we really liked. A good, basic, easy recipe that will be made again. Thanks for posting. Made for ZWT5 by one of the Cooks with Dirty Faces.
     
  2. Queen Dana
    This were good. I added lime juice and cilantro to my individual serving which I liked. I tried to use up some especially bitter beer my husband brewed and doesn't like to drink, next time I make this I will use a lighter beer.
     
  3. Gunner Mac
    Great recipe!! It was easy to follow and all items were readily available at almost any store. I added some cilantro to the last 5-10 minutes of cooking and a couple of shots of whiskey. Made cornbread on the side.
     
  4. CookinDiva
    These beans were just the way we like them with one change - we love the flavor from fresh chopped cilantro. If you like that, I would suggest about 1/2 bunch, chopped, simmering for the last 10 minutes or so.
     
  5. Moor Driver
    Gorgeous. I'm already looking forward to the leftovers.
     
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Tweaks

  1. vmaples
    omit tomato sauce and jalapenos and use Rotel tomatoes with chilies instead, at the end of cooking add chorizo sausage with casings removed & cilantro, add a ham hock or 2.
     
  2. IngridH
    Really good beans! I replaced the oil with butter, used lime flavored beer, and home made chicken stock. We needed to add a bit of salt at the end, but that's personal taste, and not a reflection on the recipe. I also added some crumbled queso freso cheese over the finished dish, which we really liked. A good, basic, easy recipe that will be made again. Thanks for posting. Made for ZWT5 by one of the Cooks with Dirty Faces.
     

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