Frijoles Borrachos

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
What do you get when you cook pinto beans with bacon, beer, and spices? Drunken beans (frijoles borrachos), an easy Mexican dish flavored with onion, garlic and cumin that’s ready in 15 minutes. Enjoy with warm tortillas or tostadas!


  1. Saute 3 chopped bacon slices, 1 chopped onion, 2 chopped garlic cloves and 1/2 teaspoon each ground cumin, kosher salt and pepper in vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, 8 minutes. Add 1/2 cup dark Mexican beer; simmer 1 minute. Add two 15-ounce cans pinto beans (drained and rinsed) and 1 cup water; simmer 5 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup chopped cilantro and the juice of 1 lime.