Drunken Black Beans a.k.a. Frijoles Borrachos - is the perfect dish to serve when you’re low on time and need a tasty side. Using canned black beans speeds up the process and the spices added will fool you into thinking these took hours and not minutes to prepare.
The flavor you get from adding beer to black beans takes it to another level and it can be customized to your liking depending on which type of beer you use. If you want a light taste, add light beer. If you want a rich strong flavor, add a lager. To put it simply, if you like the taste of the beer, you’ll like it in the beans.
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she grew up in a tough neighborhood
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and they were right!"
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Canned black beans make this a simple task, as the only thing you have to do is drain them before adding them to the pan. Don’t rinse them because the liquid clinging to the beans will help thicken the dish when simmering with the beer.
I use Goya brand black beans because the quality is excellent. I bought a different popular brand and when I opened up the can it was mostly liquid and no beans. If you use a different brand, make sure they’re filled to the top and not more liquid than beans, otherwise the recipe won’t come out right. I had the same problem when making my bean dip and I used a different brand. Never again.
I give a recommendation of how much salt to add, but before you increase it, I recommend you wait until after the beans are cooked. You can always add more. I use Diamond Crystal kosher salt. If you use Morton, use less.
Drunken black beans pair beautifully with:
- Adobo Slow Roasted Pork
- Oven Baked BBQ Tenderloin
- Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters
- Chipotle Chicken with Grilled Peaches
- Ultimate Oven Baked BBQ Ribs
- Mouthwatering grilled rosemary spatchcock chicken
- Grilled Greek style lamb chops
- Simple to prepare Greek chicken kabobs
For more delicious sides, try:
- Roasted Brussels sprouts with pear and walnuts
- Garlic butter mushrooms with Cognac and tarragon
- Creamy cheesy cauliflower gratin
- Roasted carrots with butter and dill
- 30 minute bourbon baked beans
- Peruvian chickpea salad
- Lemon garlic butter bean salad
- Charred cabbage slaw with sliced red onions
Life is too short for mediocre food.
Drunken Black Beans a.k.a. Frijoles BorrachosPrint Recipe Pin Recipe
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 lime
- In a large skillet, over medium high heat, sauté onions in oil until softened and translucent - about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook just until fragrant.
- Stir in spices to wake them up, then add red wine vinegar, beer and beans. Bring to a boil then lower to simmer and cook until thickened, about 15 - 20 minutes. Taste and adjust for salt.
- Optional: Finish with some chopped cilantro sprinkled on top and a squeeze of lime to brighten the beans.
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