Instant Pot Frijoles Borrachos (Drunken Beans)

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    Total Time
    1hr 45mins
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Borracho beans are always a hit when served at potlucks or family gatherings. This boozy take on traditional cowboy beans (a.k.a. frijoles charros) gets an added kick of flavor with the addition of ice-cold Mexican beer. And did I mention that there’s also bacon in the mix? You can never go wrong with bacon and beer! Like most of the bean recipes in this book, hold off on seasoning with salt until after the beans are cooked, otherwise you’ll be left with hard, undercooked beans—or so says an old Mexican wives’ tale. Short on time in the kitchen? Substitute 30 oz of cooked pinto beans (2 cans) for the dried pinto beans. Reduce the cooking time to 20 minutes on high.

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recipe updated Apr 14, 2020


  • Bacon icon
    6 slices
  • Yellow onion icon
    Yellow onion
    ½ (about 70 g)
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
    2 (about 12 g)
  • Serrano pepper icon
    Serrano pepper
    3 (about 72 g)
  • Mexican beer icon
    Mexican beer
    12 fl oz (about 360 g)
  • Dried pinto beans icon
    Dried pinto beans
    454 g (about 454)
  • Cilantro icon
    6 sprigs
  • Water icon
    as needed
  • Coarse salt icon
    Coarse salt
    1 ½ tsp (about 7.5 g)


  • kCook icon Instant Pot
  • kCook icon Inner pot

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  1. Pre-heat until hot - Sauté, More
  2. Add bacon to the inner pot
  3. Sauté until cooked through - approx 6 min
  4. Stir yellow onion, garlic clove and serrano pepper into the inner pot
  5. Sauté until translucent - approx 3 min
  6. Add mexican beer, dried pinto beans, cilantro and water to the inner pot
  7. Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Sealing
  8. Pressure cook - Manual, High, 1 hr
  9. Natural release
  10. Season with coarse salt to taste
  11. Serve
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