These are my favorite Borracho-style beans. I've made them for tailgating and as part of a BBQ menu.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 45 mins
additional:
8 hrs
total:
10 hrs
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place pinto beans into a large container and cover with several inches of cool water. Soak beans 8 hours to overnight.

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  • Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crispy, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon slices to a plate lined with paper towel to drain, reserving the bacon drippings. Chop the bacon.

  • Drain and rinse pinto beans; transfer to a large pot. Pour enough water over the beans to cover by several inches Stir salt and garlic powder into the water; bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low. Add bacon, reserved bacon drippings, beer, cilantro, green onions, diced tomatoes, and jalapeno pepper to the water; bring mixture to a simmer and cook until the beans are completely tender, 90 minutes to 2 hours.

Cook's Note:

The jalapeno is for flavor only. I don't recommend eating it as part of this dish.

Nutrition Facts

363 calories; protein 21.9g 44% DV; carbohydrates 52.4g 17% DV; fat 6.4g 10% DV; cholesterol 13.6mg 5% DV; sodium 1011.8mg 41% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
05/14/2014
I think this is one of those recipes where you just have to adjust the seasonings to suit your personal taste. I thought it was a little bit on the bland side so I added more jalapeños cilantro and a shot of hot sauce (again personal taste). We love bean dishes and we enjoyed this one. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/25/2017
Adding the salt seasonings before the beans are soft can make your beans stay hard and crunchy. It all depends on the age of your beans they type of water you use and the altitude. So to make sure they always turn out well add the seasonings with salt after they become soft. I took out the beer and reserved some of the cilantro tomatoes & jalapenos to add to each bowl while serving and this became my family's favorite. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/14/2014
I think this is one of those recipes where you just have to adjust the seasonings to suit your personal taste. I thought it was a little bit on the bland side so I added more jalapeños cilantro and a shot of hot sauce (again personal taste). We love bean dishes and we enjoyed this one. Read More
(12)
Rating: 3 stars
07/24/2017
Adding the salt seasonings before the beans are soft can make your beans stay hard and crunchy. It all depends on the age of your beans they type of water you use and the altitude. So to make sure they always turn out well add the seasonings with salt after they become soft. I took out the beer and reserved some of the cilantro tomatoes & jalapenos to add to each bowl while serving and this became my family's favorite. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2018
No I didn't make any changes just added some sausage Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/19/2018
As is I think they were a little bland as someone else has already mentioned. I agree they do need to be doctored to your tastes. I added more jalapenos salt and 2 cups of chicken broth- everything else the same and they were fantastic! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2017
Good as is. I'm from South Texas. PERFECT. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2017
This was great! I added chopped smoked sausage 2 bay leaves and used a regular yellow onion as well as some jarred jalapenos with juice and some ground cumin along with a Tb of chicken broth powder.. I added the cilantro during the last 30 min of simmering. Also heated some corn tortillas on the plancha. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2016
I made these for a group of people and followed the recipe exactly but I did add Diced ham and also added a cup of bourbon. Everyone loved them well done I will be making them again soon. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/03/2019
This is good! I had to adjust the seasoning a bit, and I used fresh garlic instead of powdered. I also added more heat. Will make again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/06/2020
I often see drunk beans (and how I make them) made with chili powder cumin fresh garlic a chopped yellow or white onion and a couple jalapeños in addition to many of your other ingredients. For those who can t tolerate a lot of seasonings these look good. Read More