Slow Cooker Borracho Beans
Pinto beans were a staple in my house growing up. Easy to make, low fat, full of protein and fiber and budget friendly. This is a great one pot meal that can be prepared quickly or slow cooked all day in the slow cooker. Add a bottle of beer and the traditional pot of pinto beans become Borracho Beans or 'Drunken Beans' taking on a savory, saucy flavor from the beer.
This dish is traditional South Texas fare, many restaurants in the Austin and San Antonio area will have their own versions of this recipe. However, I came across a recipe for Borracho Beans on a website recently and it didn't include the beer - Boy! - fans of this dish took notice commenting that beer is what makes this dish - don't leave out the beer - or don't call them Borracho Beans.
We used our Salt Free Adobo Seasoning and Dried Cilantro to really bring the flavors out in this meal. I like the Chipotle 'Meco' Chiles (4-6 on a heat scale of 10) because they aren't quite as hot as the Morita Chipotles (6-7 on a heat scale of 10) - but use the hotter chiles if you dare. Remove the seeds before adding them to your recipes to reduce the intensity of the heat.