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frijoles borrachos or drunken beans are made with mexican beer and are full of delicious flavor!

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


  • 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


  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.