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Bodacious borracho beans

Bodacious Borracho Beans

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: TexMex / Mexican
Keyword: Borrocho beans
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Soak: 8 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 280kcal
These Bodacious Borracho Beans are about as comforting of a pot of food as you'll ever make.  Warm, delicious and wonderful any time of the year.  We love using a nice Mexican lager like Tecate for these beans.  So good!
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  • 1 lb dried pinto beans
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 bottle of Mexican beer
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 pound salt pork
  • 6 slices thick bacon roughly chopped
  • 1 medium white onion chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and ribs removed finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 2 tomatoes seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 pinch salt taste before adding


  • Soak the beans overnight.  The next day, drain and add beans into a large pot (preferably a Dutch oven). 
  • Add the stock, beer, water and salt pork to the pot and simmer on low for 1 & 1/2 hours.  Stir occasionally to prevent from sticking to the bottom of the pot. 
  • Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp.  Remove to a paper towel-line plate.
  • Pour out all but 2 tbsp of the bacon grease from the skillet and then heat over medium heat.
  • Add the onion, peppers and garlic and cook until soft, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Once the beans have simmered for an hour and a half, add the cooked bacon and sautéed vegetables, along with the cilantro, tomatoes, black pepper, cumin and taste.  Add salt if desired (the beans will already be salted from the salt pork).
  • Simmer for another hour then serve. 



Calories: 280kcal