Drunken beans

Yield: 5 Servings

Measure Ingredient
½ pounds Bacon-chopped
1 large White onion-chopped
1 tablespoon Dried oregano -- the Mexican
\N \N Kind if
\N \N Possible
1 \N Clove garlic -- chopped
\N \N Fine
2 cups Dried pinto beans -- picked
\N \N Over, soaked
\N \N In cold water at least 4
\N \N Hours and up to 12
\N \N And drained
5½ quart Water plus additional if
\N \N Necessary
½ cup Sliced pickled jalapeno
\N \N Chiles
12 ounces Dark Mexican beer -- such as
\N \N Negra Modelo or Dos Equis
2 teaspoons Salt - plus 1/2 more if
\N \N Necessary

Preheat oven to 300 F. In a 6- to 7-quart ovenproof kettle cook bacon, onion, oregano, and garlic over moderately high heat, stirring and scraping up brown bits, until onion is browned lightly. Add beans, water, jalapenos, and beer and bring to a boil. Bake mixture, covered, in middle of oven until beans are soft, 1½ to 2 hours.

(Add additional water if beans begin to dry out. Mixture should be soupy with beans very soft but not falling apart.) Stir in 2 teaspoons salt and bake beans 10 minutes more. Check seasoning, adding remaining ½ teaspoon salt if necessary. Beans may be made 2 days ahead, cooled, uncovered, and chilled, covered. Typos by Brenda Adams <adamsfmle@...>

This dish is an excellent accompaniment to almost any Mexican meal.

The beans should be whole, perfectly tender and swimming in a generous amount of broth. Source: Gourmet, July 1996 Recipe By :


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