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Monday, April 11, 2011

New Belgium Beer n' Beans

We've had more fun with the beer from New Belgium Brewing!!!  I was one of the lucky bloggers chosen by Foodbuzz to receive a $50 stipend to purchase New Belgium beer and create a recipe.  Well, the ideas kept coming.  Now, I'm working on creating a menu and my brain stops and says, how can I incorporate beer?  Creativity with beer.  That's what it's all about. 

So, Connie's brother Tom was coming down from Chicago to visit for the weekend.  I knew he'd get here late - like 10 pm - and probably wouldn't have eaten dinner.  One of Connie's favorite dishes is Salsa Fish.  He actually asks for  it - and eats leftovers.  Two things he rarely if ever does.  What sounds good with Salsa Fish?  Pinto beans. 

I got the pinto beans out and grabbed a can of chopped green chilies on the way.  Cumin was an absolute.  Hmmm.  How about if I sauteed some onions to put in?  OH, how about if I sauteed the onions THEN reduced some beer in the onions?  Might as well try it.  After all, what's the worst that could happen?  We'd toss the whole mess in the trash. 

Guess what?  I'm going to make these beans again.  Soon.  They were wonderful. 

New Belgium Beer n' Beans


1 T olive oil
medium yellow onion, diced
6 oz Mighty Arrow New Belgium beer
4 oz can diced green chilies
1/2 t cumin
1/4 t garlic powder
17.5 oz can pinto beans with juice


Saute the diced onion in the olive oil in a medium saucepan. 

Once the onions have softened, pour in the beer. 

Cook until the liquid is reduced by half.  Add the other ingredients and cook until the beans are just barely covered by liquid. 

They'll still be really soupy but won't be swimming in liquid.  Serve in ramekins or small bowls. 


Lizzy said...

Oh, how Bill would love these. He usually has to be satisfied with the occasional can of pork and beans...he'd be thrilled if I made your recipe! You've done a fabulous job with the beer challenge :)

Kate@Diethood said...

I would love love love to try this! I use beer in cookies, but I've never poured it in my beans... this will have to be tried in my kitchen because it sounds so yummy good.

Monet said...

You are a lucky duck! Ryan would have loved to help out with this challenge. You did a great job with these beans. They look and sound AMAZING! Thank you for sharing another great dish with me. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, full of laughter and life. You inspire me with your passion and creative soul!

Brandie@The Country Cook said...

This is SO creative. I love the sound of this. It's amazing what beer can do!

Food Frenzy said...

Mmm...this looks wonderful! Very much want to give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

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Tiffany said...

Congrats!!!!!!!!! And these beans look AMAZING!

Jason Phelps said...

I love how simple this recipe is. Some upcoming homebrew will end up working great here!