Ready for some south of the border magic, try my Drunken Beans with Cilantro and Bacon. A splash of Tequila helps to make this a flavor jamboree.drunken_mexican_beans_with_cilantro_and_bacon

Here is a delicious bean dish I absolutely adore. It’s from Rick Bayless. I have all his cookbooks. I love how he makes authentic Mexican food so accessible. Don’t get me wrong, I love gringo-style Mexican food a ton, but sometimes I crave the real deal. Whenever I want the real thing, I immediately start scanning my Rick Bayless collection of cookbooks! They’re filled with things I can’t wait to try. This time I served these yummy beans with some unbelievable pork tacos that I can’t wait to share with you. Next time you are serving Mexican food, give these beans a try. They’re a delicious alternative to refried beans and they’re flavored with some extra fabulous ingredients. I mean tequila and bacon. These ain’t no canned beans baby. I’m just sayin..


Drunken Mexican Beans with Cilantro and Bacon

Ready for some south of the border magic, try my Drunken Mexican Beans with Cilantro and Bacon. A splash of Tequila helps to make this a flavor jamboree.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 118 kcal
Author kathleen


  • 8 Ounces About 1 1/4 Cups Dried Pinto Beans
  • 1/2 Cup About 2 Ounces Cubed Pork Shoulder or Extra Chopped Bacon
  • 4 Thick Slices Bacon Cut Into 1/2 Inch Pieces
  • 1 Small White Onion Diced Into 1/4 Inch Pieces
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper Stemmed, Seeded and Finely Chopped
  • About 2-2 1/2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Tequila
  • 1/4 Cup Cilantro Leaves Roughly Chopped


  1. Rinse the beans thoroughly and scoop into a medium-size Dutch oven. Add 5 cups water, remove any beans that float, then add the pork shoulder (or extra chopped bacon) and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and very gently simmer, partially covered, until the beans are thoroughly tender about 2 hours. You'll need to gently stir the beans regularly and add water as necessary to keep the liquid a generous 1/2 inch above the level of the beans.

  2. In a medium-size skillet, fry the bacon (that is, the remaining bacon if you used some for the simmering), stirring regularly, until crisp, about 10 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the bacon, leaving behind as much of the drippings as possible. Pour off all but about 2 tablespoons of the drippings and return the pan to medium heat. Add the onion and chiles and fry until deep golden brown, about 10 minutes. Scrape the onion mixture into the beans, then taste and season it all with salt. Continue simmering, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 30 minutes to blend the flavors. If the beans seem quite soupy, boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until the consistency of a nice, brothy bean soup. (An alternative here is to puree 1/4 of the beans in a food processor or blender, returning them to the pot to thicken the broth.)
  3. Just before serving, stir in the tequila and cilantro, then serve in warm bowls topped with the crumbled bacon.

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Nutritional Information

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Nutrition Facts
Drunken Mexican Beans with Cilantro and Bacon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 118 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 152mg 6%
Potassium 83mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 2.4%
Vitamin C 7.8%
Calcium 0.6%
Iron 0.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Source: Rick Bayless