Drunken Beans
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Drunken Beans Recipe

Drunken Beans feature browned ground beef and pinto beans swimming in a beer-infused broth loaded with bold Mexican seasonings.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 351kcal
Author: Fox Valley Foodie


  • 1 pound dry Pinto Beans
  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • Olive oil as needed
  • 1 large Onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 medium Yellow Bell Pepper (chopped)
  • 1/2 medium Green Bell Pepper (chopped)
  • 2 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1 Jalapeño (seeds removed & chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Acho Chile Powder
  • 12 ounces Dark Beer
  • 2 cups Beef broth
  • Water as needed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Cilantro


  • Soak beans overnight to soften. Alternatively, you can add beans to a pot of water and boil for 5 minutes. Then shut off heat and let sit for 30 minutes and proceed with the recipe.
  • Cook beef in Dutch Oven until browned. Remove with a slotted spoon.
  • To the same pot, add bell pepper, jalapeño, onion, and garlic and saute in the leftover fat from the beef, adding olive oil only if needed. Cook until the onion is translucent.
  • Stir in cumin, paprika, and ancho chili powder.
  • Return beef for the pot, add beer, beef broth, and top with water as needed to cover the ingredients.
  • Simmer on low until the beans are soft, about 1 hour.
  • Season generously with salt, stir in cilantro and serve.


IF YOU LIKE THIS RECIPE you will love my Thai Drunken Noodles as well!


Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 689mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 635IU | Vitamin C: 13.7mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 4.2mg