Travel Bites: Erica’s Famous Drunken Pinto Beans!.
Welcome to the third installment of Travel Bites!
We have been staying in Florence, Italy for the past couple of weeks and there comes a point where you just get tired of eating pasta every night (did I just say that?!?). As luck would have it we were able to enjoy many a home cooked dinner with Erica from OverYonderlust and she shared with us her favorite vegetarian bean recipe:
Borracho Beans (aka: Drunken Beans!)
This recipe is amazing! If you are a fan of beans you will LOVE it. Trust me.
The best part is that drunken beans are incredibly easy to make, taste fantastic and are easy on the wallet. You should be able to get these ingredients just about anywhere in the world making it extremely versatile as well. The only thing to keep in mind is that you have to let the beans soak for a few hours before you cook them.
Thank you Erica for sharing your favorite vegetarian bean recipe with us!
1 onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic chopped
1/2 cup of cilantro (or parsley if you can’t find cilantro)
1 cube of veggie boullion
2 cups Pinto beans (dried, if you can’t find Pinto you can use a different variety)
1 can of beer
1/2 red pepper
1 – 2 tomatos
1 jalepeno (optional)
Add any additional spices to taste – salt, pepper, oregano, etc
Important Step: About 4 – 5 hours ahead of preparing this meal you will need to soak your dry pinto beans in a large bowl. Simply toss them in a bowl and fill it with water. Stir the beans around a bit then toss that water out (this cleans the beans). Fill the bowl again with water and wait. The beans will start to soften in about 4 -5 hours and then they’ll be good to go. As an alternative you can soak the beans overnight and then they will be ready first thing in the morning.
Cooking Your Beans: As promised this is very easy – after your beans have been soaked you simply put them in a large pot and cover them with water. After that you add in all of your chopped veggies and then take a large beer and pour it in. Add in any additional spices you might want and your boullion cube. Bring the uncovered pot to a boil. After it starts boiling, reduce it to a simmer and cover the pot. Let it simmer for approximately 2 hours and Voila! You have fantastic beans!
Got a crock pot? Instead of soaking your beans ahead of time simply add everything to the crockpot and put it on low heat for about 8 hours. Easy!
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