Drunken Beans (Frijoles Borrochos)

Makes 2-4 servings

Prep: 5 mins

Cook: 25 mins


4 pieces (uncooked) bacon, diced
1 small white onion, finely diced
1 jalapeno, stemmed, seeded and diced (add an extra jalapeno for more heat)
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 (12-ounce) bottle dark Mexican beer (I used Negra Modelo)
4 (15-ounce) cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Cook bacon in a large saute pan over medium-high heat until crispy, stirring occasionally. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and transfer to a separate plate. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, reserve 1 tablespoon of bacon grease in the saute pan, discarding the extra. Add the onion and jalapeno, and saute for 5 minutes or until the onion is soft and translucent. Add the garlic, and saute for an additional 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Add the beer, beans, brown sugar, oregano, chili powder, salt and cumin, and stir to combine. Continue cooking until the beans reach a simmer. Then reduce heat to medium-low, and continue simmering uncovered for about 15 minutes.
  3. When ready to serve, stir in the bacon and lime juice. Then serve the beans topped with fresh cilantro.