Tequila Beans

One of my favorites is visiting AJ Spurs on the CA Central Coast to partake in the mix you make of their soup, beans, and salsa!

It may sound weird, but if you know, you know!!!

Too far for a day trip, and they’ve closed the Templeton location that was our go-to when visiting family, so made our own at home…

I used jarred salsa and my Hearty Vegetable Soup to make my *copycat* of this trifecta.

Yes! 😋😋😋

TIPS: Make these a day in advance and refrigerate overnight to develop the flavor even further! To make this recipe LactoVeg, LactoOvoVeg, OvoVeg, or Vegan, simply omit the bacon.

Tequila Black Beans Recipe

  • 4 (15 oz) cans of black beans, drained
  • 1/2 lb thick-cut bacon
  • 2 diced Roma tomatoes
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 cup tequila (I used Sauza Silver)
  • 1 cup water 
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 8 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  1. Slice 1/2 lb of bacon slices into 1/2″ pieces (easier if you freeze for 10-15 mins first)
  2. Select SAUTÉ – NORMAL on Instant Pot (IP)
  3. Add bacon pieces to IP’s inner pot and cook until browning (but not all the way like you would Bacon Bits – you want them a bit meaty)
  4. Select CANCEL on IP.
  5. Add 1 cup tequila, 1 cup water, and 1/4 cup EVOO, then give a few stirs.
  6. Stir in 4 – 15 oz beans.
  7. Stir in diced 2 tomatoes, 8 tsp minced garlic, juice of 1 lime, and 1/4 cup chopped cilantro.
  8. Stir in 1 Tbsp cumin, 2 tsp black pepper, 2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp chili powder, and 1/2 tsp salt.
  9. Place lid on IP and select SLOW COOK for 2 hrs. NOTE: The lid will not seal as you’re using slow cook mode. Alternately, you could use an IP glass lid and that will likely significantly cut down simmering time after.
  10. When cooking cycle ends, remove lid.
  11. Select SAUTÉ – NORMAL on IP and simmer for 30 mins (you’re reducing the liquid until beans are saucy but not soupy), stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 14
Amount per serving 
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.1g14%
Saturated Fat 2.8g14%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 364mg16%
Total Carbohydrate 19.4g7%
Dietary Fiber 6.2g22%
Total Sugars 0.5g 
Protein 13g 
Vitamin D 0mcg0%
Calcium 69mg5%
Iron 2mg14%
Potassium 338mg7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.


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