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Drunken Beans (Frijoles Borrachos)

Drunken beans (frijoles borrachos) get their name because they are made with beer! If you’re someone like me who absolutely hates beer you may be reluctant to try them. However this is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever eaten. Seriously they’re that good!

Frijoles Borrachos or drunken beans are a delicious simple mexican meal made with beer!

I love simple meals like this. These beans can be eaten as is like a soup or they can be served over white rice or even Mexican rice.

They are also great served as a side to the main meal such as tamales, enchiladas or quesadillas.

I recently made them for a group of friends and they ate them with some good sliced french bread with butter. And oh my gosh that was also amazing!

How to Make Drunken Beans (Frijoles Borrachos)

First step is to bring the beans to a boil and then simmer until done. Mine only took about 2 hours.

simmering beans

Once beans are softened add a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes and continue to simmer on low

frijoles borrachos

Now add 12 oz of a Mexican beer such as modelo to the pot. Continue to simmer for about 20 min.

frijoles borrachos

Next fry up a pound of bacon. I actually baked mine. It’s so much easier and not as messy.

After bacon is done break it up into pieces. Reserve about 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease.

Now in a skillet saute the jalapeños, onion and garlic in the bacon grease until softened. Season with salt and pepper.

sauteeing jalapenos, onion and garlic for frijoles borrachos

Now add a few cup of the beans to the skillet along with some of the broth and mash.

mashing the beans

After mashing the beans well return them to the pot with the rest of the beans. Add the pieces of bacon and chopped cilantro to the pot and stir well.

I really like the consistency that mashing some of the beans gives. It just thickens it up a bit.

finished frijoles borrachos

If you haven’t yet tried drunken beans then you need to ASAP. You will not regret it!

They are one of my favorite things to eat especially now that it’s getting chilly. This will warm you up right away.

While I highly highly recommend that you try it with the beer as it’s phenomenal! You can leave it out if you want and then you can call them charro beans. Charro beans are the same as drunken beans but without the beer.

I truly hope you enjoyed today’s recipe. I will be back soon. Thanks for visiting, bye! 🙂

frijoles borrachos or drunken beans is the perfect mexican recipe for the chilly Fall and Winter weather.

frijoles borrachos or drunken beans are made with mexican beer and are full of delicious flavor!
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Drunken Beans (Frijoles Borrachos)

Drunken beans are just the thing you need to warm you up this Fall and Winter.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 467 kcal
Author Carissa

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of pinto beans rinsed
  • 1 small white onion diced
  • 2 jalapeños diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 14.5 oz can of fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 12 oz Mexican beer such as modelo
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb of bacon
  • 2 tablespoons of bacon grease
  • 8 cups of water

Instructions

  1. Bring pinto beans and 8 cups of water to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 2 hours or until done.

  2. Add can of tomatoes and beer to beans and continue to simmer for about 20 minutes more.
  3. Bake or fry the bacon until crispy. Drain on a paper towel lined plate. Then break into pieces. Reserve about 2 tablespoons of bacon grease.
  4. In a skillet saute the jalapenos, onion and garlic in the reserved bacon grease until softened. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add a few cups of the simmered beans along with some of the broth to the skillet.
  6. Mash the beans to a smooth consistency.
  7. Transfer the mashed beans to the pot with the simmered beans.
  8. Season to taste with more salt and pepper.
  9. Add cilantro and bacon and stir well.
  10. Serve.
  11. When cool refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
Drunken Beans (Frijoles Borrachos)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 467 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 480mg21%
Potassium 822mg23%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 280IU6%
Vitamin C 9.4mg11%
Calcium 87mg9%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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