I'm always looking for different ways to cook pinto beans, because I adore them, and I loved the idea of drunken beans! (btw, the alcohol cooks away, but the beer taste lingers.)
The result was layers of delicious flavors in a simple & adaptable pinto bean recipe. Most of the many ingredients in borracho beans are spices and other flavorings.
Borracho Beans featured on SV Blog, as one of 10 High Protein Vegan Recipes!
Total prep & cook time: 75 min
4 Large Servings
Nutrition Data Per Serving: 259 Cal, 5g Fat, 33mg Sodium, 42g Carbs, 12g fiber, 7g Sugars, 12g Protein, low cholesterol & sodium, good source fiber, Vit C, Folate, Manganese, Estimated Glycemic Load 10
Fresh raw plum tomatoes would have been ideal, but February tomatoes in the midwest aren't worth buying. I used organic crushed tomatoes instead, which was faster & easier - no peeling, seeding, or chopping.
I cooked my own pinto beans because it's easy and I like to make extra to freeze for future meals. 1 cup of dried beans turned into about 2 1/2 cups of cooked beans, about the same as 2 cans of beans.
If you'd like hotter beans, just up the amount of chipotle pepper. If you're short on time, use dried onion & garlic granules, and canned jalapenos - not the same as fresh, but close enough.
Traditional non-veg boraccho beans include bacon. For this vegan version, liquid smoke, balsamic vinegar, and molasses did the trick - no bacon necessary! I stuck with easy to find ingredients stocked by our local grocery, which didn't include epazote sprigs, borracho bean flavoring, or jalapeno bacon salt.
My husband loved this drunken bean recipe - and he is not a beer, bean, tomato or spicy food kind of guy.
We ate our borracho beans over brown rice with a green salad - perfect! It's also great in a bowl by itself with tortillas or crackers, or in a burrito or wrap, or the old beans on toast trick. The possibilities are endless.
Since not all children like hot hot foods, try serving hot sauce at the table for the grownups, instead of amping up the heat in the beans.
A squirt of lime juice & chopped cilantro are tasty garnishes. Sour cream works too - vegan versions are widely available.
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