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AJ Spur's Tequila beans *Copycat*

The most delicious beans on the central coast! At the restaurant they serve them "cowboy style" with their salsa and vegetable soup. I have yet to try recreating the soup at home, and we serve with a roasted chipotle salsa. (Trader Joe's and Arriba brand are my two favorites.) Enjoy!

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Tequila Beans Recipe

  • 4 15 oz cans of black beans, drained.

  • 2 diced Roma tomatoes

  • Juice from 1 lime

  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 1 cup tequila (cheap is fine, I use silver.)

  • 1 cup water 

  • 2 TBSP cumin ( sounds like a lot, necessary for the deep dark flavor in the beans.)

  • 8 large garlic cloves, finely minced or pressed

  • 2 tsp garlic powder

  • 2 tsp salt

  • 2 tsp pepper

  • 1 tsp chili powder

  • Optional: 1/2 lb of bacon, chopped and browned. (I like it both ways, adds additional flavor and texture but not necessary for delicious beans!)

  • Optional: Roasted chipotle Salsa for serving,

  • Optional: Vegetable soup for serving.

 I like to make this in my Instant Pot, particularly if adding the bacon. I chop and cook the bacon first on the saute function, and then slow cook. Or, brown the bacon in a large saucepan over medium, don't drain, and follow next step. 

If omitting bacon, add the olive oil and brown the garlic in a large sauce pot or instant pot. Add in tequila and water, then add beans. Add in the spices, stir with a wooden spoon. Turn heat up to high and cook out until liquid reduces by half. (Or saute function on Instant pot until liquid reduces by half.) 

Turn to low heat, simmer, and stir occasionally to prevent beans from sticking. Keep eye on pot to make sure there is enough liquid. (Or slow cook in Instant Pot 2 hours)

Note: You will be hit with an INTENSE tequila smell when cooking these. The flavor the evaporated tequila leaves behind is incredible however.

These can be made a day ahead and refrigerated, the flavor even develops further! 

I'd love to know how yours turned out, any tweaks/ adjustments you made, or perhaps from an AJ Spurs employee willing to share the delicious secret recipe ;)

 -Elle

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