In this swinging pendulum of spring weather it’s kinda nice to have Crock Pot Borracho Beans every once in a while.
This Tex-Mex style bean dish with bacon, onion, spices, and beer is a favorite at our house and even better because everything is easily cooked in the Crock Pot.
How To Make Borracho Beans In A Crock Pot
Every now and again I like to commit to a large pot of beans which we can then have for lunches, breakfasts, and snacks all week.
I tend to get very hungry around 10 am and a bowlful of beans just hits the spot. Especially if it’s rainy or surprisingly cold or (dare I say it), snowing in the middle of May.
Being able to dump all the ingredients in a Crock Pot and walk away makes these the easiest beans in the world. Here’s how you make them:
- Rinse the beans. Don’t skip this easy step. Beans have rocks and dirt mixed in with them. Place them in a colander and rinse under cold water. Look out for any small rocks or clumps of dirt and pick those out. Since we are cooking them low and slow in a slow cooker, you don’t need to soak the beans overnight.
- Combine beans with liquid. Place beans into a large crock pot then add beer, and water.
- Crisp bacon. To cook it over medium high heat and render the fat so you can cook your onions in bacon grease.
- Cook aromatics. Sauté the onions, jalapenos, and garlic in the bacon grease, along with the chili powder and other spices.
- Mix it all together. Combine everything in the crock pot. Put the lid on and walk away!
What Are Frijoles Borrachos
Frijoles Borrachos, or Drunken Beans, fall in that multitudinous category of Mexican bean soups and stews made with the humble but very satisfying pinto bean.
They are similar to Frijoles Charros or Cowboy Beans but some of the cooking liquid is replaced with beer, giving them a almost sweet, yeasty flavor. Bacon is also crucial, although some people use chorizo or ham hocks.
How To Serve
Crock Pot Borracho Beans are excellent just like this, spooned into bowls with some of the broth and sprinkled with a handful of fresh herbs but they can also be turned into the best refried beans on the planet.
- Heat some oil in a frying pan (or lard or bacon grease) and add a ladleful of beans with a little of the broth.
- Bring to a boil then start mashing away with a potato masher or the back of a wooden spoon until they are creamy.
To Salt Or Not To Salt
An old-wives tale or not, I do not salt my beans before they are fully cooked.
One day, when I have endless time on my hands, I might try this two-part salting method which claims to cook beans quicker (??) but in the meantime if I am anything it’s stubborn and I’ve thrown away too many pots of hard beans to mess around.
After the beans are tender add a tablespoon of kosher salt and then taste. You might need to add 1 or even 2 more, but remember the beans will get saltier once reheated so err on the side of caution.
Variations on Borracho Beans
So many of you have made this recipe and have great suggestions for tweaks and variations. Lots of you add diced tomato, which sounds really good. Here are a few more ideas that stood out:
Tara added extra veggies and her favorite chile powder. “My favorite “drunk” beans. I used New Mexico Chile powder, Mexican oregano, cilantro, cumin and coriander, 12 oz bottle of Dos Equis beer and beef broth instead of water and added two 10 oz cans of Rotel original tomatoes and green chile and threw in a table spoon of salt at the end.”
Kristen says. “I made this recipe for a family “fajita party” and EVERYONE raved about these! No other tips needed except just make them!”
Amber swapped out the bacon for spicy smoked sausage!
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Crock Pot Borracho Beans Recipe
Meaty pinto beans cooked with beer, bacon, chiles, and spices all in the slow cooker.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 4 hours
- Total Time: 4 hours 10 mins
- Yield: 8 servings 1x
- 1 pound dry pinto beans
- 1 (12-ounce) bottle beer
- 6 cups water
- 8 ounces bacon
- 2 small onions, chopped
- 2 jalapeños, stemmed and chopped (seeded, for a less spicy version)
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- Rinse beans and pick through, removing any rocks. Place beans in the slow cooker. Add beer and water.
- Meanwhile, cook bacon over medium heat in a large frying pan until browned and crisp. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to cool.
- In the frying pan with the bacon grease, add onions and cook over medium heat until they are soft, about 8 minutes. Add jalapeños and cook another 5 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, chile powder, coriander, oregano, and bay leaves and cook, stirring for a minute more.
- Transfer onion mixture to slow cooker. Chop bacon and add to slow cooker. Cover and continue cooking until beans are tender, about 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
- Add about 1 tablespoon of salt, taste and add more to your liking. Sprinkle with cilantro and scallions and serve.
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