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a bowl of frijoles borrachos (drunken beans)

Frijoles Borrachos (Drunken Beans)

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  • 3 cups Camellia Brand Pinto Beans, rinsed and soaked overnight
  • 12 cups water
  • 12 ounces dark Mexican beer
  • 1 pound bacon, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Serrano pepper, seeded, deveined and chopped
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Corn tortillas
Total time:
2 hours, 40 minutes
Prep time:
10 minutes
Cook time:
2 hours, 30 minutes
Serving Size:
1 Cup


  1. Combine beans, water and beer in a large pot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
  2. Fry bacon and onion in a medium-sized frying pan over medium heat. Cook until bacon is crispy.
  3. Add garlic, salt, Serrano pepper, and bacon and onion mixture to the beans. Simmer beans for 1 additional hour.
  4. Remove beans from heat. Stir in chopped tomatoes and cilantro, and serve with warm corn tortillas.

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