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Tequila and beer beans

Updated on February 15, 2017

Tequila and beer beans

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Tequila and beer beans

The beans come out perfect and the taste is amazing. You just have to try this!
The beans come out perfect and the taste is amazing. You just have to try this! | Source
Hydrating the beans.
Hydrating the beans. | Source
Gathering the ingredients.
Gathering the ingredients. | Source
Sauting the aromatics.
Sauting the aromatics. | Source
I add the garlic and sauté it for about a minute.
I add the garlic and sauté it for about a minute. | Source
It's time for the tequila! If you have a lazy afternoon maybe do a shot yourself; who is going to tell?
It's time for the tequila! If you have a lazy afternoon maybe do a shot yourself; who is going to tell? | Source
You are going to add water, black beans, a cilantro bundle, bay leaves, and salt.
You are going to add water, black beans, a cilantro bundle, bay leaves, and salt. | Source
Place a tightly fitting lid on your dutch oven and carefully transfer it to your main oven for about an hour.
Place a tightly fitting lid on your dutch oven and carefully transfer it to your main oven for about an hour. | Source
The low, slow heat of the oven keeps every bean in perfect shape!
The low, slow heat of the oven keeps every bean in perfect shape! | Source
While the beans are baking, mix together the beer and tomato paste. I use this time to prepare the rice and clean up the kitchen for round two!
While the beans are baking, mix together the beer and tomato paste. I use this time to prepare the rice and clean up the kitchen for round two! | Source
After the beans bake in the oven for 1 hour, carefully take the dutch oven out of the main oven, and with care, take off the lid. You will want to fish out the bay leaves and cilantro flavor bundle.
After the beans bake in the oven for 1 hour, carefully take the dutch oven out of the main oven, and with care, take off the lid. You will want to fish out the bay leaves and cilantro flavor bundle. | Source
Pour the beer and tomato paste mixture into the dutch oven.
Pour the beer and tomato paste mixture into the dutch oven. | Source
Place the dutch oven on one of the stove burners and simmer the beans on medium low for 30 minutes.
Place the dutch oven on one of the stove burners and simmer the beans on medium low for 30 minutes. | Source
I ladle the beans to the side on my dish and right over the rice on my husband's dish. Don't forget the chives and cheese. Prepare yourself for best beans you have ever tasted!
I ladle the beans to the side on my dish and right over the rice on my husband's dish. Don't forget the chives and cheese. Prepare yourself for best beans you have ever tasted! | Source

Tequila and beer beans

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 50 min
Yields: Serves 6 to 8, this recipe doubles very well

Tequila and beer beans

  • 1 1/2 cup black beans, organic and dried
  • 20 sprigs cilantro, about half a bunch
  • 1 small to medium onion, chopped
  • 1 pepper, (poblano or anaheim), seeded, de-stemmed and chopped fine
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup tequila, use a decent tequila
  • 1 leaf bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup beer, I have used a Belgian and a Mexican with great results
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste, I buy it in the tube form so you can just cap it and put it in the refrigerator.
  • 1 lime, organic and quartered
  • 1/2 to 1 cup Cotja or feta cheese, The amount varies with your love of cheese.
  • 1 bunch chives, I snipped them with scissors to finish off the dish
  • 3 tablespoons salt

Tequila and beer beans

  1. Combine 1 tablespoon of salt and about 2 quarts of water in your dutch oven pan. Heat the beans to just boiling, then turn off the heat and remove the pan from the heat. Let it sit for one hour. Drain and rinse the beans after the hour waiting time. You can save time the next day if you would like to soak the beans overnight. It's the equivalent of the boil and let it sit method. If you soak the beans overnight, you can go right to step 2, the next day.
  2. Turn your oven on to 275 degrees. You will now want to make a Mexican Bouquet Garni. Just take about 10 cilantro sprigs and cut off their tops leaving the stems. Combine the other sprigs in your cilantro bunch and tie them all together with cooking twine. The reason for just using the stems: the stems have almost double the flavor of the tops.
  3. Using the dutch oven you are going to bake the beans in, add to the pan a tablespoon of olive oil on medium high heat. Now begin adding the onion, pepper and garlic. Saute for about 5 minutes and remove from heat. Add the tequila and allow it to evaporate off. That will take about 3 or 4 minutes.
  4. Stir into the dutch oven 2 cups of water, bay leaves, the cilantro bundle, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Place the dutch oven back on the stove burner and heat it until the water is boiling. At this step, pay attention and be careful. Turn off the burner heat, place the lid tightly on the dutch oven, and move this into your 275 degree pre-heated oven for one hour.
  5. After the beans have been in the oven for an hour, take it from the oven carefully and put it back on your stove burner. Remove the bay leaves and cilantro. Stir in the beer and tomato paste mixture. Turn the heat onto medium high and cook at a simmer for 30 more minutes. Check the beans for tenderness. If not tender enough, raise the heat to 300 degrees and cook another 15 minutes or until you reach your desired tenderness.
  6. Serve your beans with fresh chopped cilantro, chives, and cheese. I served mine with brown rice and fresh avocado. This is my favorite way to make beans!

Tequila and beer beans

I had you with tequila and beer, right? This recipe does have a few steps but they are all very simple and there is plenty of time in between steps to prepare other items to go with the beans. I like to make them with fresh whole wheat tortillas, too. Yes, I do make my own tortillas. You can, too. You can find all the steps and the tortilla recipe under my "Vegetarian Marsala, spicy and nutritious in whole wheat tortillas" blog. You can do this recipe with any sort of bean or spice combination, all you need is your imagination!

Cooks note: Don't use a tequila or beer that you wouldn't also be willing to drink. If you use a very hoppy beer it will shine though into the beans, same for a cheap tequila!


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    • MindbodyandFood4u profile imageAUTHOR

      MindbodyandFood4u 

      3 years ago from Ohio

      Let me know if you do! It really a is cool recipe. The beans come out perfect!

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      SmartAndFun 

      3 years ago from Texas

      Yum! This sounds really good, and your photos are making me hungry! I need to try these beans!

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