Kiki's Borracho (Drunken) Beans


Growing up, my Mexican grandmother always had a pot of beans cooking on the stove. I often cook these "drunken" beans (my updated version) for my family, and the aroma keeps her close to my soul, even years after she has passed. I hope your family enjoys them as much as mine does.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
11 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 pound dried pinto beans, washed

  • 2 quarts chicken stock

  • 1 tablespoon salt, or to taste

  • ½ tablespoon ground black pepper, or to taste

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans chopped stewed tomatoes

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle dark beer

  • 1 white onion, diced

  • 1 ½ cups chopped fresh cilantro

  • ¼ cup pickled jalapeno peppers

  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 ½ tablespoons dried oregano

  • 3 bay leaves


  1. Soak beans in a large pot of water, 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Drain beans, and refill the pot with chicken stock and enough water to cover beans with 2 inches of liquid. Season with salt and pepper. Cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 1 1/2 hours. Stir beans occasionally throughout the entire cooking process to make sure they do not burn or stick to the bottom of the pot.

  3. Stir tomatoes, beer, onion, cilantro, jalapeño peppers, garlic, oregano, and bay leaves into the beans. Continue to cook uncovered for 1 hour, or until beans are tender.

  4. With a potato masher, crush the beans slightly to thicken the bean liquid. Adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

181 Calories
1g Fat
32g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 181
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 1074mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 17mg 83%
Calcium 89mg 7%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 684mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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