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Two Drunken Refried Bean Tacos with a Bunch of Cilantro in the Background
Drunken Refried Bean Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Want to know the secret to a killer batch of refried bean tacos? Spike those beans with some beer! The best part: these easy and flavor packed vegan tacos whip up super easy in just 30 minutes.

Course: Entree
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 8 tacos
Calories: 471 kcal
Author: Alissa Saenz
For the Cilantro Lime Slaw
  • 3 cups shredded cabbage
  • ½ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
For the Drunken Refried Beans
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, or another high-heat oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup vegan ale
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste (smoked sea salt is awesome in this)
For Serving
  • 8 taco shells or small tortillas
To Make the Cilantro Lime Slaw
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Allow the mixture to sit while you prepare the beans.

To Make the Drunken Refried Beans
  1. Coat the bottom of a medium skillet with oil and place it over medium heat.

  2. When the oil is hot, add the onion. Sauté until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add the garlic and sauté for about 1 minute more, until very soft.

  4. Stir in the cumin, oregano, beans and beer. 

  5. Raise the heat and bring the liquid to a boil. Lower the heat and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add water if the pan becomes too dry.

  6. Mash about half of the beans with a potato masher or fork.

  7. Taste-test to see if all of the alcohol has cooked off. If not, continue simmering, adding a bit of water if needed, until you can't taste the alcohol anymore. 

  8. Remove from heat and stir in the lime juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

To Serve
  1. Stuff the shells with refried beans and top with slaw and/or any other toppings you like. Serve.

Nutrition Facts
Drunken Refried Bean Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw
Amount Per Serving (2 tacos)
Calories 471 Calories from Fat 122
% Daily Value*
Fat 13.5g21%
Saturated Fat 2.6g13%
Sodium 1181mg49%
Potassium 701mg20%
Carbohydrates 70.8g24%
Fiber 13.5g54%
Sugar 4.8g5%
Protein 15.4g31%
Calcium 110mg11%
Iron 4.9mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.