Drunken Beans

Course : Beans
Serves: 6
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8 slices turkey bacon
1 pound dried pinto beans
5 1/2 cups water
2 medium Onions -- chopped
8 large garlic cloves -- minced
12 ounces dark beer
4 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 medium jalapeno pepper -- chopped
3 medium plum tomatoes -- chopped
1 cup fresh cilantro -- chopped

Preparation / Directions:

Cook bacon in heavy pot over medium-high heat until brown and almost crisp. Transfer to paper towels and drain; discard drippings. Return bacon to pot. Place beans in same pot. Add water, onions and garlic; boil 15 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Add beer, cumin, coriander, sugar, chili powder and jalapeno. Cover partially and simmer 1 hour. Add tomatoes to beans, cover partially and simmer 45 minutes. Uncover; simmer until beans are tender and mixture is thick, about 20 minutes. Stir cilantro into beans. Season with salt and pepper.

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